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Murder suspect: 'I had fun'
Citizen's Voice (Wilkes-Barre, PA) ^ | 7/18/08 | KIMM R. MONTONE AND DAVID FALCHEK

Posted on 07/18/2008 10:53:27 AM PDT by Born Conservative

Handcuffed and shackled, Randal Rushing blew the awaiting media a kiss as he was led from a Wilkes-Barre apartment Thursday afternoon.

Handcuffed and shackled, Randal Rushing blew the awaiting media a kiss as he was led from a Wilkes-Barre apartment Thursday afternoon.

“I had fun,” the man accused of a triple homicide in Scranton said when asked whether he had killed three people.

Ten hours after a grizzly discovery at his residence on South Irving Avenue — three people so badly bludgeoned that the manner of death was difficult to determine — Rushing, 25, was taken into custody just after 4 p.m. in a dramatic scene at a Wilkes-Barre apartment.

The bodies of two young men and a teenage male were discovered by authorities after a 911 call was made just before 7 a.m. Thursday from within 1604 S. Irving Ave.

Dead are Justin Berrios, 21, Dustin Hintz, 22, and Leslie Collier, 16.

Four other people were found bound, but uninjured when police arrived. They are: Berrios’ 2-year-old son, Tristan Hintz-Berrios; Samantha Hintz, 19, the child’s mother; Matthew Collier, 21; and Cynthia Collier, 43, who is the mother of Dustin and Samantha Hintz and Leslie and Matthew Collier. Autopsies were under way late Thursday at Moses Taylor Hospital, Scranton Public Safety Director Ray Hayes said.

Lackawanna County Coroner Joseph Brennan was scheduled to perform the postmortem. Forensic pathologist Dr. Gary Ross is expect to assist in pinpointing the time along with the manner and cause of their deaths.

“We are not in a position to categorize how they met their demise. It’s still under investigation and can’t definitely tell you the cause of death,” Hayes said, pending the results of the autopsies, which were not available at press time.

“Based on interviews of people, who we characterized as being spared, we were able to determine the name of the suspect,” Hayes said. “We were able to determine … a familial relation, perhaps that is at the genesis of the issues that occurred today.”

The quiet, working-class South Scranton neighborhood became the scene of Scranton’s first multiple-homicide case since 1999.

“It’s frightening,” said neighbor Jeanne White of 1621 S. Irving Ave. “They kept to themselves and didn’t bother anyone.”

Just after noon, Jose Barrios, Justin Barrios’ father, crossed a police line and headed toward the house before a cadre of officials ushered him away while trying to comfort him.

“I want to know,” a distraught Jose Barrios shouted, seeking details of his son’s murder.

Suspect flees

Police believe Rushing used a gray Mercury Sable to flee the murder scene. The vehicle turned up in Wilkes-Barre early Thursday afternoon.

The search led investigators to a double-block home at 268-270 High St., Wilkes-Barre.

Wilkes-Barre police, state police, the FBI and U.S. Marshals set up a command center about a half-mile away, monitoring the apartment from several unmarked vehicles positioned on High Street and a back alley. A state police helicopter was on standby, periodically conducting fly overs.

From late morning until just after 4 p.m. law enforcement watched and waited. And then they pounced.

The Wilkes-Barre Police Department’s Emergency Response Team, in full ballistics gear and with automatic machine guns, stormed the apartment as scores of marked and unmarked police vehicles closed in from all directions.

After police took Rushing into custody, three more people were removed from the building. Their names were not immediately released.

Wilkes-Barre code enforcement officials posted the property, which building permits indicate is owned by Tom and Carolyn Dunbar, unfit for human habitation. Officials boarded up windows broken during the struggle.

Rushing, meanwhile, was expected to be arraigned before Magisterial District Judge James Gibbons on three counts of general homicide, said Lackawanna County District Attorney Andrew Jarbola. He had not been arraigned at press time.

“Within nine and a half hours, we had him in custody … We had a well organized inter-agency plan,” Scranton police Chief David Elliott said. “This investigation is far from over. Once you take him in, the investigation does not stop.”

Police are expected to gather more evidence from the house today and conduct follow-up interviews, Elliott said.



TOPICS: Local News
KEYWORDS: capitalpunishment; crime; deathpenalty; deathrow; felon; massmurder; murder; prisons; reprobate; rushing

1 posted on 07/18/2008 10:53:27 AM PDT by Born Conservative
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To: Born Conservative

That smile will be off laughing-boys face soon.


2 posted on 07/18/2008 10:55:22 AM PDT by AU72
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To: Born Conservative

(Closing Eyes) PLEASE BE IN TEXAS, PLEASE BEIN TEXAS, PLEASEBEINTEXAS!!!!)

(Opening Eyes) Pennsylvania!... DAMN!


3 posted on 07/18/2008 10:57:05 AM PDT by gridlock (Al Gore wants YOU to live like the Flintstones while HE lives like the Jetsons. .. FREE LAZAMATAZ!)
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To: All

Kill him...


4 posted on 07/18/2008 10:58:18 AM PDT by Maverick68 (w)
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To: Born Conservative

Given the Doom3 t-shirt, who wants to bet me that violent video games are blamed by someone here?


5 posted on 07/18/2008 11:00:13 AM PDT by Melas (Offending stupid people since 1963)
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To: Born Conservative

I must be a racist.

For some reason, as I was reading the article I was picturing him being white.


6 posted on 07/18/2008 11:01:17 AM PDT by WayneS (What the hell is wrong with these people?)
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To: gridlock

LOL...my sentiments exactly! We kill em all and let god sort em out!


7 posted on 07/18/2008 11:02:54 AM PDT by Devilinbaggypants (Spread the word...stop the madness...drill now...expand refining capacity and screw the sheet heads!)
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To: gridlock
“automatic machine guns”?

Seems a waste of man power if they could fire on their own, or perhaps the police were there to supervise the weapons so they wouldn't kill the innocent? Clearly our reported is unacquainted w/ guns...big surprise.

Our brave perp seems not to be a fight to the death type. I'm sure he's looking forward to his all expenses paid trip to criminal school. I'm sure PA liberals will carry water for him rolling out the usual excuses for his bad behavior.

8 posted on 07/18/2008 11:04:37 AM PDT by 556x45
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To: WayneS

How do you know it's not the guy on the Left?...

9 posted on 07/18/2008 11:04:42 AM PDT by gridlock (Al Gore wants YOU to live like the Flintstones while HE lives like the Jetsons. .. FREE LAZAMATAZ!)
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To: Born Conservative; Tax-chick
Ten hours after a grizzly discovery

He killed a bear?

10 posted on 07/18/2008 11:10:14 AM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: WayneS

To keep track of Obama’s >95% faithful constituency - those we should judge by their “character” and not the color of their skin —go here:

http://thugreport.com/

FAIR WARNING:
Brace yourself — it ain’t pretty.


11 posted on 07/18/2008 11:10:35 AM PDT by river rat (Semper Fi - You may turn the other cheek, but I prefer to look into my enemy's vacant dead eyes.)
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To: Born Conservative
Photobucket

He's Doomed, all right.

12 posted on 07/18/2008 11:19:05 AM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: Born Conservative

Just a guess, but I’d say he’s a psychopath.


13 posted on 07/18/2008 11:22:45 AM PDT by popdonnelly (Boycott Washington D.C. until they allow gun ownership)
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To: river rat

You were right.........it ain’t pretty.


14 posted on 07/18/2008 11:35:41 AM PDT by Gator113 (Drill here, drill now...... or die.)
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To: river rat

I grew up in this area fifty years ago. NO thugs, NO crime.


15 posted on 07/18/2008 11:46:27 AM PDT by Dr. Ursus (( commander of the simian host))
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To: martin_fierro

You think maybe they mean grisly? The reporter must not have paid attention in english class...


16 posted on 07/18/2008 11:49:28 AM PDT by whipitgood (Illegal immigration: Let's roll!)
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To: martin_fierro

Beat me to it - though I had some snotty things to say about checking one’s dictionary, etc.

Colonel, USAFR


17 posted on 07/18/2008 11:58:03 AM PDT by jagusafr ("Bugs, Mr. Rico! Zillions of 'em!" - Robert Heinlein)
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To: martin_fierro

Now WHY would you even EXPECT a professional journalist to know the difference between “grizzly” and “grisly”?


18 posted on 07/18/2008 1:08:17 PM PDT by Born Conservative (Visit my blog: Chronic Positivity - http://chronicpositivity.com)
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To: Dr. Ursus
I grew up in this area fifty years ago. NO thugs, NO crime.

Total opposite now. Frequent robberies and a fair amount of shootings in and around WB. Lots of drug gangs moved from NYC into the former O'Karma Terrace (the name is changed now; they added peaked roofs and renamed it "Boulevard Townhomes" LOL; they are still "projects").

19 posted on 07/18/2008 1:15:47 PM PDT by Born Conservative (Visit my blog: Chronic Positivity - http://chronicpositivity.com)
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Hope he had registered to vote before he was “shackled.” Would not want Obama to lose a vote over this. What, by the way would Obama say to all this? Is the suspect just a “typical Black person?”
20 posted on 07/18/2008 1:18:29 PM PDT by Godwin1
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To: Dr. Ursus

That is true of most cities in America.

Since the Government subsidized black brood mares birthing a new bastard every year or so by absent sperm donors — and those brood mares released their feral brood into the streets for their entertainment and education — in every city with a black ghetto populated with fatherless and uneducated, undisciplined and unemployable youth turning to professional gangs financed by robbery and drug dealing, crime becomes a lifestyle and “career path”...

To deny the observable - has become politically correct..


21 posted on 07/18/2008 1:28:44 PM PDT by river rat (Semper Fi - You may turn the other cheek, but I prefer to look into my enemy's vacant dead eyes.)
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To: Born Conservative

With that pretty smile I imagine his fun is just beginning.


22 posted on 07/18/2008 1:38:50 PM PDT by Sue Perkick (And I hope that what I've done here today doesn't force you to have a negative opinion of me....)
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To: river rat

Political correctness- The death of truth!


23 posted on 07/18/2008 1:42:16 PM PDT by Dr. Ursus (( commander of the simian host))
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To: popdonnelly
Just a guess, but I’d say he’s a psychopath.

Yeah. I mean, bludgeon murderers might turn out to be normal people but it probably isn't the way to bet.

24 posted on 07/18/2008 1:44:28 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: AU72
That smile will be off laughing-boys face soon.

Dunno, three hots and a flop, plenty of bro's to kick it with, appeals lasting 20 years. Wish you were right but he will be in hog heaven (for a creature like himself) and we will be footing the bill.

26 posted on 07/19/2008 1:28:39 AM PDT by Snurple
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To: Snurple
Dunno, three hots and a flop, plenty of bro's to kick it with...

Not to mention cable TV, a prison library with computer/internet access, weightroom, etc.

27 posted on 07/19/2008 10:05:51 AM PDT by XR7
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To: Snurple; AU72; All
Behind Bars, Pricey 'Public' Artwork In Prisons

Chris Halsne
KIRO 7 Eyewitness News Investigative Reporter

High-dollar, high-flying birds gracing the ceiling of a state penitentiary -- Is this "public art" or a waste of money?

Despite tough economic times for the state of Washington, you'll see no cutbacks in artwork for prisons.

If you know a felon housed at the Stafford Creek Corrections Center near Aberdeen, you can see a $200,000 flock of acrylic birds. They just went up, paid for with your tax dollars.

You can't exactly take your family to see this public arts project. Amber and blue birds, 17 indigenous species in various stages of flight, soar along inside our state's newest prisoner visiting room.

Prison chief Doug Wadington helped choose the sculptures, entitled "Migration."

Halsne: "What benefit are the birds to this institution?" Wadington: "What benefit are the birds? Uh, it's a public arts project in terms of, we, uh, what's the benefit of public art?" Michelle Zahrly represents the Washington Arts Commission, which oversaw the $200,000 project. "The piece is a directionally accurate compass point. It' s a consideration of life beyond the Stafford Creek Correction Center," Zahrly said.

"That's nice," say most taxpayers we talked with. But the problem is lawmakers were just forced to save prison money by releasing inmates and cutting prison guards. $200,000 for birds that few citizens can view seems at best unnecessary...

More: http://www.kirotv.com/investigations/2325141


28 posted on 07/19/2008 10:17:51 AM PDT by XR7
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To: Born Conservative

““grizzly” and “grisly”?”

One, the animal before the attack, 2 the result of the attack!

Animal/result BFD!


29 posted on 07/19/2008 10:29:06 AM PDT by dalereed (both)
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To: Morgana

i dk why everyone thinks this is a joke.
2 of the 3 victims were my friends. not cool.

rst in peace leslie + justin <3


30 posted on 07/22/2008 8:38:50 PM PDT by shortyroll
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To: Aaron0617
Unless I missed it the article doesn't mention the killer was an ex-boyfriend of a girl that was tied up. Apparetnly he entered the home and tied up three family members and killed the three young men.
31 posted on 07/22/2008 9:07:19 PM PDT by Aaron0617
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