Monday, 28 August 2006

It's days like these

where I seriously have to give my head a shake. What kind of world do we LIVE in? And I’m bringing another little baby into this messed up place?!

On my way to meeting with a client this morning, I was stuck in bumper to bumper traffic for about half an hour. The signs on the 401 showed that two left lanes were blocked at Kennedy Road…just where I had to get off the highway. I ended up getting off at Warden (the exit just before Kennedy) and being hormonal and pregnant, I cursed the entire way.

I got home tonight and started reading City TV’s Website and this is what I saw:

Suspect Charged After Alleged Bizarre Carjacking Spree
Wednesday August 23, 2006

It was anything but the usual rush hour for dozens of shocked drivers on the 401 Wednesday.

It started with a carjacking downtown and continued with multiple attempts at stealing more vehicles along the way in a desperate attempt to elude police.

The story begins around 7am at a downtown parking lot at Elizabeth and Gerrard, where a woman was getting out of her car heading for work. From out of a nowhere a man appeared, slashed her in the hands with a pair of scissors, got into her S.U.V. and roared away.

He hit the highway, but the road hit back, when the suspect was involved in a crash on the 401 eastbound collectors near Kennedy Road. But that didn’t stop him. He got out of the rolled over vehicle and ran towards a Mercedes Benz.

He attempted to carjack that expensive car, too, but he didn’t get away with it when other drivers intervened.

“It looked like he was trying to take that vehicle over,” claims witness George Badovinac. “I just got out of my vehicle and with another man’s help we pulled him out of the vehicle. He took a swing at me. I swung back. I hit him once, and then he ran south down Kennedy Road.”

That’s how the now bleeding suspect wound up at a nearby shopping mall, where police contend he made another try at boosting a new set of wheels with a driver still inside.

A second motorist responded to that crime in progress by honking his horn repeatedly to try to alert a nearby police cruiser.

“He start punching me in the head and the neck,” remembers Omid Morrobat. “And I reversed the punches back.”

Witnesses were shocked by what they saw next.

“We just heard the squeal of tires and a truck, like an S.U.V. came like squealing around the corner and we saw a guy fall off,” recalls Lindsay Craig. “It looked like he was trying to get into the car.”

But police finally caught up to their man and pinned the heavily tattooed suspect down near the car he’d been looking to swipe.

“We realized (the suspect) was hanging on to the Yukon and he fell off,” notes Theresa Zuppa. “He kind of ran around the cop car and tried to run away and then he
finally just put up his hands and the cops took him down.”

But still the drama wasn’t over. “They put him in the car, and then you could hear him yelling and screaming and then he kicked out the window of the cop car and then they got him out of the car again,” Craig marvels.

Police allegedly found drug paraphernalia at the scene, and they’ll be added to the charges facing 40-year-old Randy Smith. Among the others: robbery, assault with a weapon and dangerous driving.

Incredibly, no one was seriously hurt during the crime spree.


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