Skip to comments.SNIPER ESCAPE BID-FBI agents grab him as he flees
Posted on 10/26/2002 5:25:07 PM PDT by Brian Mosely
THE 17-year-old Washington sniper made a dramatic freedom bidby punching his way through the CEILING of an interview room.
John Lee Malvo seized his chance after being left alone by FBI interrogators.
He leapt on a table and quickly smashed the flimsy ceiling tiles with his fiststhen began hauling himself up into a ventilation shaft.
Agents dashed into the room, grabbed his flailing legs and wrenched the struggling teenager back down.
Last night the FBI refused to comment on the embarrassing incident at the "secure" and secret federal centre in Baltimore, Maryland.
Malvo and fellow sniper John Muhammad, 41who face the death penalty in seven different jurisdictions are refusing to help enquiries into their reign of terror in the US capital.
One agent said: "Never mind co-operation. They're not even talking."
The pairwho killed ten and wounded three in a 21-day spree could also be charged with an unsolved murder on America's west coast.
Keenya Cook, 21, was killed in February with a single head shot as she opened her front door in Tacoma, Washington State, where Muhammad and Malvo were living at the time.
The assassins were friends with her familyand even posed for the now infamous picture together on their sofa.
But ex-Army marksman Muhammad, who changed his name from Williams because he converted to Islam, fell out with the Cooks when they befriended his ex-wife.
Claims of warnings about the pair to police BEFORE the killings started were piling up last night.
The Rev Al Archer, who runs the Lighthouse Mission Centre in Bellingham where the pair once lived, said he suspected the Gulf War veteran was a terrorist after September 11.
He said Muhammad distributed pro-Islam brochures, made anti-American slurs and also threatened to kill cops. He added: "If he'd been stopped at that time, a lot of people would be alive who are now dead."
Mr Archer revealed that Muhammad, who was existing on handouts, started travelling extensively by air. Harjeep Singh, who knew the snipers at a YMCA gym, said he was alarmed at their vow to go on a gun-rampage, targetting cops and fuel tankers.
Police and an FBI agent interviewed Mr Singh but no action was taken.
There were also chilling new revelations last night about how Malvo and Muhammad mocked police by repeatedly slipping through dragnets.
Their 1990 blue Chevrolet Caprice a killing machine with holes in the boot to fire throughwas first noted by police on October 3, just 24 hours after the first killing. But it was lost in the system while the entire hunt centred on a white van.
Meanwhile, Muhammad was stopped or spoken to by officers TEN times for various traffic offences.
During a spot-check on October 8, he was parked and asleep at the wheel. But cops failed to look in the boot, where they would have found the Bushmaster XM15 rifle.
The most chilling escape was last Monday when two illegal immigrants in a white van were held in a swoop as they used a phone booth being staked out by cops.
Muhammad and Malvo had given the number of the booth to detectives in a phone call. And just yards away, they were lurking in their blue Chevy, watching every move in the fiasco.
The car was even caught in the background on news footageand still the jigsaw did not piece together.
Finally, police realised the car they were looking for. But Chief Charles Moose refused to reveal the number plate. It was only when one of his team leaked it that the pair were found one-and-a-half hours later.
Chief Moose and the Caprice-ignoring keystone kops strike again
He's only 17. He's had a hard life. Boo hoo hoo......
I guess the FBI agents didn't show up in time for the morning briefing on the plan to save taxpayer dollars.
Pookie & Me
That little beauty of police work got swept under the rug because of pure luck and a hungry press. Now he's a hero. The jerk.
It would seem someone woke up, smelled the coffee, and decided the guys in the Caprice were the perps, but that person wasn't Chief Moose. He was PC to the very end.
He sure has looked unhappy since they were caught.
Perhaps he needs to attempt to escape again, so this whole sorry episode can be ended permanently, if you get my drift!