Skip to comments.CIA Contractor Arrested In Parking Lot Fight
Posted on 10/08/2011 5:18:05 AM PDT by Mikey_1962
Raymond Davis, who was charged with killing two men in Pakistan as a CIA contractor but was later released, was arrested Saturday after a fistfight at a shopping center in Colorado, authorities said. Davis was charged with misdemeanor assault and disorderly conduct after allegedly getting into a fight over a parking space at a suburban Denver mall, according to Lt. Glenn Peitzmeier of the Douglas County Sheriff's Office. The incident at the Highlands Ranch Town Center began as an argument between 37-year-old Davis and 50-year-old Jeff Maes and then turned physical, Peitzmeier said. Davis was released after posting $1,750 bond, Peitzmeier said. Davis' wife, Rebecca, declined a CNN request for comment. Davis was charged with killing two men in Lahore, Pakistan, in January. He was released in March after compensation was paid to their families. U.S. officials originally said Davis was a diplomat and tried to claim diplomatic immunity but then revealed that he was a CIA contractor. Davis said he killed the two men in self-defense, though Lahore authorities called the case "clear-cut murder."
This Raymond Davis guy must have some kind of an anger-management problem ...
As Warren Zevon sang, “he was just an exciteable boy.”
Not smart for a covert operator to get busted over a parking space, though. But damn, the balls it takes to go solo into denied head-chopping country...
The complete list of gear confiscated from Ray Davis is interesting. “What does a tier-one covert operator take on a singleton mission into a denied area full of head-choppers?” Here’s a partial list I found. I couldn’t locate the complete list I read before, which listed everything down to tiny E&E kit items.
According to news sources, items recovered from Davis’ car included a unlicensed Glock handgun, an infrared light, a portable telescope, GPS equipment, two cellphones, a satellite phone, buckets of bullets for both for Glock and Beretta handguns, multiple ATM and military ID cards, and a camera containing pictures of “prohibited areas such as installations along the border with India”. Pakistani media have also reported that Davis also carried multiple ATM and military ID cards and what was described as a facial disguise or makeup. The Pakistani official said Davis also carried identification cards from the U.S. consulates in Lahore and Peshawar but not from the U.S. embassy in Islamabad.
This guy is definitely a loose cannon. We don’t need someone with his lack of self-control employed by the US.
What sort of adult gets into a fight over parking spaces? Just find a non-contested space and walk a little farther to the entrance for crying out loud.
How many trained volunteers do you think the CIA gets to perform singleton missions in denied areas where, if you are nabbed, you stand a very high likelihood of getting the Nick Berg beheading on video?
All the big specops heros suddenly check their fingernails. It’s one thing to chopper in with a platoon, and jets and drones and attack helos overhead and friendly snipers behind. It’s another to go solo into head-chopping country with orders to sneak into denied military zones.
Loose cannon or big brass ones? You decide. And let us know if you are available for the next solo covert op into head chopping land. Maybe Pakistan is too far. How about take photos of all of the mansions and private runways used by The Sinaloa Cartel, and Los Zetas? All by your lonesome, with just sidearms and a couple cell phones, and zero backup.
You up for that mission? I’m not either. So go easy on the rare birds who are. They are rare indeed. I’m glad he got home. He was looking at being lynched in that jail (an SOP over there) and beheaded for a couple of weeks. No fun at all. He’s lucky to have his head still attached to his shoulders. I give him MAJOR props for being willing to do that job.
Agreed, he shouldn’t be working in any kind of sensitive position. Given what he’s been through you have to wonder about PTSD.
Sorry...he was in Colorado getting into a fight over a parking space, not the rough and tumble of the streets of Lahore or in some Taliban enclave along the Afghan border...
He sounds like someone who should not be placed in stressful situations right now. IMHO.
Major props to you for your previous service and the interesting, relevant books you have written.
Travis M. has a good point about these people being a rare breed. However, this fellow has some issues that need to be resolved. I hope he gets the counseling/help that he needs.
Still suffering job-related stress? Everyone around him is Paki? /s
Article detailing the events that caused his arrest: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/checkpoint-washington/post/pakistan-seeks-an-update-on-raymond-davis/2011/10/05/gIQA07K1NL_blog.html
“This Raymond Davis guy must have some kind of an anger-management problem ...”
A good guy for Pakistan, but not for the US.
PTSD immediately popped into my head too.
The careful operators with no “issues” that I knew would not have touched that Pak mission with a barge pole. No sir. It takes a rare breed to do it. Loose cannons, if you will. At times.
Yep, that was classic. FerFal had posted the exact list of gear taken from Davis, can’t find it now. Interesting E&E kit.
Not too sure about that:
an infrared light
An old IR metascope, or piece of old SovBloc gear? IR doesn't seem real cutting-edge, unleses they're talking about an IFF *firefly* for helo pickups.
Sounds more like an individual's assembled *git kit* or GOOD bag rather than mission-critical issue items.
NYCPD cops among others, it seems:
Police Officer Convicted of Killing Man Over Parking
By DEBRA WEST
New York City police officer Richard D DiGuglielmo is found guilty of murder for shooting Charlers Campbell to death in dispute over delicatessen parking space in Dobbs Ferry, NY; DiGuglielmo faces 25 years to life in prison for second-degree murder; his father, Richard B DiGuglielmo, 54, is cleared of assault charges, as was his brother-in-law Robert Errico, 39; case reviewed; photo of William Campbell, brother of victim October 25, 1997
You ever hear of a fella named Tony Poe?
I assume typical misreportage, so I saw the IR as a misreported IR laser designator or such, used in conjunction with the NV monocular he had. I only saw the complete, detailed list one time.
Standard gear for contractors....... (trust me ;o).
These silly sites still have the pic you speak of I think.
E&E kits can go from small “capsule” that’s greased all the way to every day carry gear carried by Davis.
E&E IMO is skill sets vs gear carried ..... Stuff he had was EDC crap.
Ya’ll Stay Safe !
The IR Phoenix Jr’s have such coding sets for IFF... still have a few. Nothing more than a 9v battery top item encapsulated in a waterproof clear housing that needs a jumper or paper clip to set code.
NSN: 5855-01-438-4588 is on mine !
Stay safe !
Sounds real similar to the *firefly* I've got. But mine's sterile.
They are awesome......
Had same gadgets when active duty but good markers in peace time as well. I keep a few in my personal survival kit (PSK) along with a greatland laser flare and the ACR Military issue strobes. Good simple reliable tools for signaling to searchers on the ground and air.
Stay safe Archy !
The kind that we send overseas as a singleton in a covert op.