7 Jun 2002 jcv   » (Journeyer)

We had a bit of excitement this afternoon. I was walking back from Sojourners with my sister and niece who came to eat lunch with me, and there were police cars all around the bank next door to my office. They had a 22 year old boy thrown up against the hood of one of the police cars, and there were people standing all around. Then a car shot out of the parking lot around the police cars, and some of them gave chase.

It turns out the 22 year old boy was wanted for killing his mother last night. He apparently strangled her and sliced her throat when she refused to give him money to buy drugs. A customer at the bank who used to be his neighbor recognized him, and told the teller to call the police.

He was trying to cash one of his dead mother's stolen checks.

His friends saw him getting arrested and took off in his mother's stolen car. I talked a bit with the neighbor who recognized him; she was standing in the doorway to my building and was distraught, saying to herself over and over, "He didn't have to kill her... he didn't have to kill her...".

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