My Car or at least part of my car!
On Tuesday, December 1st, 2009, I was carjacked, as some of you know. You can read the story
Do you ever watch "Law and Order" or any police story where they bring pictures to the victim or someone to look at and see if they can pick out the person or persons who committed the crime? Just like that, they're picked out and then the police pick them up for arrest and trial. Well, I'm hear to tell you, it's not that easy!
The detective handling my case did call and want to bring out pictures for me to choose from. I began to become nervous, and kept telling myself to calm down, they were only pictures. Still, I was nervous, I kept thinking, "What if I can't recognize him?" Then I told myself, just put your hands across the picture so you only see the portion that you would recognize. I neglected to do this and while I did choose him in the final two, I picked the wrong one!
Come to find out, that he is a seventeen year old who having stolen my car, drove it to a fifteen year old friend's apartment and parked it while he went inside and bragged about what he had done. The fifteen year old reported this to the apartment complex manager, who told the detective when he returned to ask around to see if anyone had seen anything. It seems the seventeen year didn't even live in the apartments. I bet he wishes he hadn't stopped there as the police now have evidence they can use against him.
There were two head bandannas in the front seat and only one person hit me with his fist and stole my car. The detective said that it would be easier if I could have picked him out of the picture line up, as they then could have requested a DNA sample to compare with the DNA results from the bandannas, once they come back. Though this could take up to four months, depending on how backlogged the lab is. What he intended doing is to go and talk with the fifteen year old and his mother. Stressing that because this is a carjacking and a federal case, he will do more time if he goes to trial and is convicted, especially if he only went for a joyride rather than taking part in the carjacking. His time will be less if he states that the seventeen year old is the one who committed the crime and will then say so in court. He also will stress he needs to do this before the DNA results come back and the fifteen year old's DNA is on one of the bandannas. At that time both will be arrested.
It seems they are members of a gang. I don't understand why kids do this! Their lives will be ruined, when convicted. Of course, for his picture to be on file, he must have already done some crime.
I now have flood lights hooked up on my deck to throw light across it and the area where they young man was standing in the dark, waiting. It is helping me not to sit in my car, when I come home after dark, for five minutes building up the courage to race to my house door and into the house. I will do something more permanant at a later date, but at least I don't feel like a prisioner in my own home!
Hope everyone is having a great new decade!