Posted: May 27, 2013 2:22 PM - Updated: May 28, 2013 7:51 PM PDT
Mystery of Law's Death!
PHILADELPHIA, PA - Homicide investigators have questioned Charles Peruto Jr., a high-profile Philadelphia attorney, after his 26-year-old girlfriend, Julia Law, was found dead inside his Center City home Saturday morning, CBS Philly reports.
Peruto is reportedly said to be a witness and not a suspect as of now. Detectives are still investigating the cause of death and have not officially ruled the case a homicide.
Law was found face down in a bathtub inside the condo of Peruto just after 10 a.m. on Saturday. She was reportedly found unresponsive and was pronounced dead a short while later, according to the station.
Sources say Peruto was in Avalon, N.J. for the weekend and was not at home when the body was discovered. A friend of Peruto's reportedly came to his house to get some of his belongings for him and discovered Law in the third floor bathroom, the station reports.
On Sunday, Peruto posted a message on Facebook expressing thanks for people's "warm wishes."
"I found my soulmate hippy, and can never replace her. We worked and played, and never got enough life," Peruto wrote of Law, according to CBS Philly. "I'm grateful we made every minute count, without a single dispute about anything ever."
Posted: 07/27/2011 08:58:08 PM PDT
Updated: 08/01/2011 04:58:58 PM PDT
(Sara Cole (pictured right) of Los Gatos, leaves the Santa Clara County Hall of Justice on July 27, 2011, the first day of her trial. She was accused of having unlawful sex with a then-16-year-old boy who was a friend of her son. Prosecutors say Cole not only had sex with the boy, but also supported his addiction to marijuana, acid and mushrooms. If convicted Cole faces jail time and could be ordered to register as a sex offender.)
After letting Sara Cole chatter on about parenting and other matters for the first 20 minutes of a police interview, detectives confronted her with a sexually graphic text message sent from her phone to a 16-year-old boy.
The Los Gatos mother of four, who had won widespread sympathy three years earlier after being severely injured by a drunken driver, fell silent. Her hands began to shake and she cried a little, one of the detectives who interviewed her last year in her kitchen testified Thursday. Eventually, she made a series of apparent admissions in a halting tone that her relationship with one of her son's best friends was not just platonic.
"I know this is going to sound horrible but it just didn't -- it just -- it seemed innocent," she said.
The taped interview was played Thursday at Cole's trial on three felony counts of unlawful sex with a minor and one misdemeanor count of molesting or annoying a child under 18. She has pleaded not guilty, and her attorney last week said in an interview that she only admitted to police she had "intimate relations," not intercourse, with the boy.
But when Cole took the stand briefly Thursday afternoon, she immediately denied having any intimate contact whatsoever with the teen -- including kissing. Corrupt Justice™ is not publishing the boy's name because he is an alleged victim of sexual assault.
Her lawyer also told the jury she denies helping the teenager get drugs. He said she exchanged more than 5,000 texts and 800 phone calls with the teen over a 61/2-month period that began in January 2010 merely to help him through a troubled period of his life. "She made it a personal crusade to try to help him when it didn't seem like anyone else was," Armstrong said.
Court adjourned early and Cole is scheduled to resume testifying Monday. The jury is expected to begin deliberating Tuesday, Judge Jerome E. Brock said. In contrast to her testimony Thursday, Cole seemed flustered during the police interview in the fall when detectives showed her their copy of the sexually graphic text. At first she blamed her sons, saying they may have sent the message as a prank. But she backed off when the detectives pointed out the teen would have texted her back in surprise, rather than asking, "Wanna chil (sic)."
"Did you think of him as a boyfriend?" one of the officers asked.
"No, I didn't. No. No, no. It just was stupid," Cole said.
The boy initially told officers that he and Cole had sex three or four times. In the police interview, Cole appears to concur with the teen's estimate, agreeing with detectives that he was being "completely honest."
This week, the youth, now 17, testified that it had been more like 30 to 40 times, including in her green SUV in the parking lot of an elementary school. He claimed he didn't tell the truth last year about his relationship with the 47-year-old woman because it would "make me look bad and I wanted to save her (Cole)."
Detective Erin Lunsford told the jury Thursday that he and Detective Kevin Elliott essentially pretended during the interview to be sympathetic and nonjudgmental about the relationship to get Cole to confess. At one point, Cole assures the officers the relationship was over.
"When he comes back, are you expecting you would continue a physical relationship with him?" one of the officers asked.
"No. Uh-uh," she said.
"No? That's over?" the detective said.
"It wasn't -- I mean, yeah -- it would definitely need to be different," Cole said.
Cole offered several explanations why she would take up with a troubled boy who was struggling with drug problems and getting poor grades. The interview occurred after the boy was sent to a wilderness camp in Utah for troubled kids, where he told his therapist about the relationship.
"He didn't care my leg was messed up and he was just a like a nice boy," she said at one point.
At another point, she said "I understand it sounds crazy but I -- I just hope I wasn't -- I would like to think it was like a good friend."
She also said, "It's -- it's stupid. Like when you take a joke too far. I'm sorry. It just was like it just happened."
Last week, while the jury was being picked, Cole rejected a plea deal that would have allowed her to serve a six-month sentence at home, wearing an electronic bracelet. It also would have spared her from having to register as a sex offender, according to court documents. Now, if the jury convicts her on the felony counts, Brock is unlikely to sentence her to the maximum penalty of four years in state prison. But if the panel votes to convict her on the misdemeanor charge, she would be required to register as a sex offender.
In the police interview, one of the detectives assured her it would be best to be honest and move on. "(He) will get past it, but what's going to happen to me?" she said, referring to the teen. "I'm not going to move past it."
Hours before being whisked away in the middle of the night to a summer camp for troubled children, a teenage boy had sex with his best friends' mother in a green SUV -- while parked at a Los Gatos elementary school, the youth testified Wednesday. The encounter at Daves Avenue Elementary School was the last of at least 30 to 40 times the middle-aged Los Gatos woman and 16-year-old boy had intercourse, the boy claimed in testimony that contradicted what he told police last year.
"Did you lie last year to detectives when you told them you only had sex with Sara Cole three or four times?" prosecutor Timothy S. Moore asked, as Cole's trial on three felony counts of unlawful intercourse with a minor got under way Wednesday. "Yes," the youth instantly said in testimony that recounted a disturbing, drama-filled relationship with Cole. Now 17 and enrolled in a Montana boarding school -- which has a curriculum that includes psychological counseling -- the teen said he believed last year that telling the truth about the 3 1/2-month affair with the 47-year-old woman would "make me look bad and I wanted to save her (Cole)."
Cole made headlines -- and benefited from an outpouring of community support -- after a drunken driver nearly killed her in 2007.
Cole's attorney pointed out inconsistencies Wednesday in the boy's account, noting lies the teen told his parents and police, including not acknowledging his use of LSD and mushrooms. The boy also told detectives that Cole initiated the intercourse, but testified that "we looked at each other and it started to happen." The Mercury News is not publishing the boy's name because he is an alleged victim of sexual assault.
Cole has pleaded not guilty, insisting she only had "intimate relations," not intercourse, with the boy. The mother of four sons is also charged with one misdemeanor count of molesting or annoying a child under 18. She may testify Thursday.
Judge Jerome E. Brock has excluded details of Cole's accident on the grounds that they were irrelevant and could unduly evoke jurors' sympathy.
During their relationship, which began 2 1/2 years after her accident, Cole and the teen exchanged 5,413 texts and 863 phone calls over seven months.
The teen's parents first reported their suspicions to police after seeing a sexually graphic text message on their son's phone. They discovered a series of disturbing texts after they had him taken to a wilderness camp for troubled children because he was getting poor grades and smoking marijuana.
Much to his surprise, the boy was jostled awake by camp counselors about 4 a.m. on July 15, 2010 -- about eight hours after his alleged encounter with Cole in the elementary school parking lot -- and flown to the Utah wilderness, where no cellphones or other electronic distractions were permitted.
The boy eventually reported the alleged sexual abuse to a therapist at the camp, who called his parents.
The boy, wearing a blue-plaid flannel shirt and jeans, told the rapt jury of seven women and five men that he and Cole often had sex in the kitchen or her bedroom while his best friend was in a nearby room sleeping or playing Xbox video games. In the testimony, the boy described a relationship that was anything but desirable. The teen said Cole supplied him with free food, cigarettes and marijuana -- even driving him to pick up pot. Once, he said, she promised to wait for him outside his dealer's house on Winchester Avenue, but left him stranded after discovering a text message on his cellphone from a girl he was dating, the youth testified.
The two appeared to battle constantly, judging from the text messages the prosecutor displayed for the jury. She once blocked his calls; he once damaged her back door after she locked him out because he stole her cigarettes, he testified. Throughout the long afternoon, the boy remained poised, responding in a straightforward, mature manner even under gentle but persistent questioning by Cole's attorney. But after stepping down from the witness box, he requested something of the judge that seemed to reflect his youth. Referring to a basket of treats clad in shiny gold paper that jurors had been passing around, the teen piped up, "Can I take a candy?" and grinned when the judge nodded his assent.
Bail - Denied!
November 17, 2010
Free on Bail!
Update: October 22, 2010
MARTINEZ, CA -- Former Contra Costa County deputy district attorney Michael Gressett (pictured left) pleaded not guilty Friday to charges that he raped a junior colleague -- a year and three days after a grand jury indicted him on 13 felony counts. Plea entry on the indictment had been delayed by numerous legal motions, including an ongoing attempt by the defense to have retired Alameda County Judge Carlos Ynostroza booted from the case.
Gressett, 53, is accused of bringing a female deputy DA to his Martinez condominium during their lunch break on May 8, 2008, and raping her repeatedly, at times using an ice pick handle and ice, and holding a handgun to her head. Gressett and the woman had been on at least one previous date, and he asserts that the sex was consensual. Gressett was a three-time district attorney candidate and a veteran sex crimes prosecutor before his September 2008 arrest. He has been fighting to recoup his job and lost pay in an ongoing administrative hearing that resumes Nov. 15, 2010. Gressett remains free on $1 million bail.
No trial date was set Friday, as there are several more pending legal issues.
Gressett's attorney on Thursday filed a motion to state Judicial Council that said Ynostroza was never reordered to preside over the case after retired Mendocino County Judge William Lamb was assigned to oversee the grand jury proceedings during Ynostroza's vacation. He argues that Ynostroza had no authority over the case in the past year until his official reassignment in September, and he wants Lamb back on the case or a new judge assigned. The defense has been denied previous motions to remove Ynostroza, who Kotin argues is prejudiced against Gressett and cannot give him a fair trial based on his professional ties to potential witnesses.
Attorneys are scheduled to return to court Nov. 19, 2010 for a hearing in which Kotin will argue that grand jury transcripts should remained sealed, and the prosecution team from the state Attorney General's Office will argue to have them released. Another hearing is scheduled for Dec. 17, 2010 to argue a defense motion to dismiss charges in the indictment.
CoCo's Black Rapist! $12 Million Dollar Bail!
Update: October 4, 2010
Contra Costa, CA - A suspect has been arrested and charged in connection with three attacks on women in the same apartment complex near Walnut Creek, authorities said Friday. Antonio Andre Mouton, 22, (pictured above, center) of Berkeley has been linked by DNA and other evidence to the three attacks - including a rape - at the Park Regency Apartments on the 3100 block of Oak Road "that have terrorized the citizens there" since June 30, said Contra Costa County sheriff's Capt. Steve Warne. Mouton was arrested in a car at the Pittsburg BART Station Tuesday evening, hours after the latest attack, Warne said.
Contra Costa County prosecutors have charged Mouton with one count of rape, two counts of attempted rape and three counts of burglary. He is being held at County Jail in Martinez in lieu of more than $12 million bail, one of the highest bail amounts in recent memory.
D.A. MICHAEL GRESSETT
WON'T GET OWN COUNSEL
FOR RAPE TRIAL
WON'T GET OWN COUNSEL
FOR RAPE TRIAL
Update: June 1, 2010
The First District Court of Appeal has turned down [.pdf] a former Contra Costa County prosecutor's request that his private lawyer be appointed at county expense for his sensational sexual assault case. Michael Gressett is charged with raping a former colleague in the Contra Costa DA's sex crimes unit. Following his indictment he requested that Daniel Russo, a Vallejo criminal defense attorney who had represented him for 10 months in pretrial matters, be designated his (free) court-appointed counsel.
But Judge Carlos Ynostroza declined, instead ruling that Gressett would have to stick with a lawyer assigned from the Contra Costa conflicts panel, Michael Kotin. Kotin is a retired chief assistant public defender of Contra Costa, and Gressett argued he could have conflicts of interest because the trial will likely include witnesses from the DA and public defender's offices. Gressett cited the case of Symbionese Liberation Army defendants William and Emily Harris, but First District Justice Robert Dondero wrote that the case was "patently distinguishable" and that Ynostroza did not abuse his discretion by declining Gressett's request.
Richmond High School
Update: February 7, 2010
RICHMOND, Calif. — Authorities have arrested a seventh suspect in the gang rape of a teenage girl outside a high school homecoming dance in Northern California. Richmond police Sgt. Bisa French said 43-year-old John Crane Jr. walked into the police station and turned himself in without incident Tuesday evening. French said Crane was being held on $100,000 bail on suspicion of felony sexual assault. Investigators identified Crane last week as a suspect in the Oct. 24 sexual assault of a 16-year-old girl outside Richmond High School. Six other males ages 15 to 21 have pleaded not guilty in connection with the rape and related charges.
November 26, 2009
"This case has stirred up a shit storm, [a]nd the Contra Costa [commonly referred to as "CoCo" County] District Attorney's Office is right in the middle of it."
--Daniel Russo, Michael Gressett's lead attorney.
Since the 1960s, the Contra Costa County district attorney has been perhaps the most powerful person in Contra Costa County. The office has been run by a line of Republicans who have always been favored by the county's power structure, which is largely funded by the county's five oil refineries. When John Nejedly, the county's first full-time DA, retired in 1969, the job went to William O'Malley. In 1984, O'Malley handed it to Gary Yancey, who handed it to Robert Kochly (pictured above left), who is now hoping to hand it to William O'Malley's son, Dan O'Malley. O'Malley is not only the son of former District Attorney William O'Malley, he is the brother of Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O'Malley. He is a former Superior Court judge and is married to the current presiding judge of the Contra Costa County Superior Court, Mary Ann O'Malley. And his connections run deep in Kochly's administration. The district attorney has officially endorsed O'Malley as his replacement in next year's election and O'Malley regularly plays golf with Assistant Chief District Attorney Paul Sequeira.
"She was raped, beaten, robbed and dehumanized by several suspects who were obviously OK enough with it to behave that way in each other's presence[.] What makes it even more disturbing is the presence of others. People came by, saw what was happening, and failed to report it."
--November 11, 2009, Lt. Mark Gagan, Patrol supervisor, City of Richmond Northern Policing District.
(Pictured left, Michael Gressett is a 51-year-old (fired) deputy district attorney who worked for the Contra Costa County's District Attorney's office sexual assault unit and stands accused of brutally raping a female colleague.) A 15-year-old Richmond girl who had left the homecoming dance was hospitalized in stable condition after being assaulted and allegedly raped by several men on the Richmond High School grounds, police said. Police received several reports shortly before midnight Saturday and when officers arrived at the high school several men ran away. One was caught.
Police say the victim left the [homecoming dance] alone about 9:30 p.m. and walked north on 23rd Street, expecting to catch a ride from her father. Instead, a schoolmate caught her attention from behind a cyclone fence on the north end of campus. He invited her to join a group drinking and hanging out in a secluded courtyard behind the fence, Gagan said, and escorted her down Emeric Avenue to a short gate from which they made their way back to the group. The assault began after the girl quickly drank a large amount of hard alcohol and fell over, Gagan said.
Police say they believe they've arrested all the main participants in the rape. Defense attorneys received an amended complaint, which now includes charges for all six defendants. Prosecutor handed over 685 pages of documents and 28 DVDs containing evidence to defense attorneys for the six defendants in the case. "In most average felony cases you're talking less than 100 pages," prosecutor Dara Cashman said after the defendants identified their attorneys in a Richmond courtroom. Prosecutors said the brutality of the crime led them to charge the juvenile suspects as adults. Cody Ray Smith, 15, of San Pablo; Ari Morales, 16, of San Pablo; Marcelles Peter, 17, of Pinole; Jose Carlos Montano, 18, of Richmond; Manuel Ortega, 19, of Richmond; and Elvis Josue Torrentes, 21, of Richmond. Smith withdrew his previous not guilty plea so his attorney could review the prosecution's case.
CoCo County D.A.'s Office
"In court these are the same people who act like sanctimonious prudes about the people they are trying to convict," he said. "They all ought to be incredibly ashamed of themselves."
Administrators in the Contra Costa District Attorney's Office have long been known for hiring female prosecuting attorneys based partly on their appearance. The DA's reputation for hiring a particular type of attractive woman is so widespread that at a recent retirement dinner for an Attorney, one speaker quipped that "someone should tell the DA that diversity doesn't mean different types of blonds," according to several people who attended the dinner. During Robert Kochly's reign, sexual banter was commonplace. And it was not always men who initiated the conversations. According to notes from the investigation and interviews conducted by this newspaper, women participated equally in tales of rough sex, bondage, extramarital affairs, and sexual encounters involving multiple partners.
"One of Ours!"
"It's a sad day for our office for anything like this to occur. Anything of this nature is devastating to the office. It's antithetical to what we're about."
--Robert Kochly, Contra Costa District Attorney
A 21-year veteran prosecutor with the reputation as an office iconoclast, Michael Gressett has run for the position of Contra Costa County District Attorney three separate times. The high-profile rape charges against Deputy District Attorney Michael Gressett of the Contra Costa County's District Attorney's office are replete with headlines similar to those of the Richmond High School Rape saga. Once he was released from jail on a $1 million bond, he was promptly fired. He now faces a possible life sentence for thirteen felony counts including rape, forced sodomy, forced oral copulation, and making death threats.
On May 12, 2008, four days after the alleged assault, Assistant Chief District Attorney Sequeira was notified of the accusations. Two days later, according to investigation notes, he sent Kochly a memo. But neither Kochly nor Sequeira took any more action for four and a half months, which is highly unusual given the serious nature of the allegations.
Michael Gressett is a 51-year-old (fired) deputy district attorney who worked for the sexual assault unit. His alleged victim was a 29-year-old co-worker who said Gressett violently assaulted her during a lunch break in May 2008. The Martinez Police Department's September 2008 press release alleged charges which include "sodomy," "forced oral copulation," and "penetration with a foreign object." The alleged weapons used — include a gun, handcuffs, steak knife, ice cubes, and an ice pick. Both Gressett and his alleged victim, who is referred to in court filings as "Jane Doe," provide a remarkably similar account of the acts that occurred during their kinky sexual encounter. The critical difference in their stories is whether the sex was consensual. Gresset openly refers to the sexual encounter as a "nooner." After District Attorney Kochly was made aware of the allegations, he took no action for four and a half months — a period during which Gressett was allowed to continue working alongside female deputy district attorneys and sex-crime victims.
Jane Doe (her father, a retired Alameda County public defender) was at the time a 29-year-old deputy district attorney who had worked for the office for slightly less than three years when the alleged rape occurred. She was considered smart, ambitious, and aggressive. In her November 5, 2008 statement to investigators, she admitted having a difficult working relationship with at least four female co-workers whom she regarded as sexual rivals for the attention of a male deputy district attorney who was not Gressett. Indeed, the workplace environment in which Gressett and Jane Doe began their office flirtation was sexually charged. The sex conversations that took place in the district attorney's office were freewheeling and seemed to know few bounds. Although last year the office moved into a new $26 million building, its culture seemed firmly locked in the 1970s.
In Contra Costa County, the D.A.'s office proved to be fertile ground for sexual banter, one DA said. "You could hear the same types of conversations on the fourth floor of the courthouse in the offices, hallways, and conference room where many of the attorneys gather for lunch." Anal sex was the hot topic among one group. According to one deputy DA, the topic became such a regular part of conversation that, about five years ago, two female deputy DAs founded the "Anal Club" at a wedding reception for two of their co-workers. Prospective club members had to state that they had participated in and enjoyed anal sex. The club was more talk than action, but its existence became well known. In fact, deputy DAs who didn't meet the club's membership requirements felt so left out that they started their own "Butt Pucker Club," according to interviews conducted by investigators.
"It is the responsibility of a district attorney to immediately report any serious incident of workplace violence to law enforcement."
--W. Scott Thorpe, the chief executive officer of the California District Attorney's Association.
Jane Doe said Gressett invited her to lunch on May 8, 2008, and took her to his Martinez condominium. After giving her a tour, she later said, he produced a steak knife and began poking the end of the knife at her sweater and running it along her arms, breast, and neck. The two apparently began kissing, and Gressett led Doe to his bedroom where they both removed their clothes prior to engaging in what she said she thought was going to be consensual sex. But Gressett suddenly became aggressive, she said. He turned her over and began forcibly sodomizing her, she said, despite her repeated pleas for him to stop.
Gressett then removed a handgun from a bedside drawer, pressed the muzzle to the back of her head, and continued to sodomize her, Jane Doe said. Gressett reached into the same nightstand for a set of handcuffs, which he used to cuff her ankle to her wrist. Leaving her on the bed, Jane Doe said Gressett left the bedroom and returned with a glass filled with ice cubes and an ice pick. Gressett then used the ice pick's handle to insert the ice into her vagina and anus before sodomizing her again. At one point, Doe said, she heard a garage door open and called out for help, but Gressett told her to "shut the fuck up."
In her statement, Jane Doe said the rape was so violent that there were significant smears of blood and feces on the sheets. Gressett eventually led her to the shower, she claimed, where he forced her to orally copulate him, raped her again, and ejaculated on her face, chest and neck. During the ride back to the office, Doe said, Gressett talked about killing her with the ice pick and then having sex with her still-warm corpse.
Jane Doe said in her statements that when she returned to work after the assault she was limping, disheveled, and bleeding from her rectum. But she did not seek medical attention or notify either the police or her bosses. For his part, Gressett denies there was any blood or feces on his bed sheets or that he ever talked about killing Doe with the ice pick and abusing her dead corpse. But he doesn't deny the sex acts occurred, except in one critical detail. He claims that every act that took place during that lunch break in his condominium was consensual.
A forensics team recovered Jane Doe's DNA from the handle of an ice pick in Gressett's condominium and on handcuffs in his bedside table. Authorities confiscated about 200 tablets of Viagra, a small amount of marijuana, and several guns that Gressett kept in his condominium, most of which belonged to his father.
The DA's office didn't notify the Martinez police of the allegations until September 25, 2008 more than four and a half months after the assault, and Gressett wasn't arrested until October 2, 2008, nearly five months after the alleged assault. Last week, a 19-member grand jury indicted Gressett on thirteen felony counts after hearing from 33 witnesses. He was indicted on four counts of forced sodomy, four counts of forced sexual penetration, two counts of rape, and one count each of forced oral copulation, criminal threats, and false imprisonment. There also are criminal enhancements for use of weapons. If convicted, Gressett could spend the rest of his life in prison.
Jane Doe is now working as a deputy district attorney in another county. She was contacted for this story but declined to comment. Neither Kochly nor Sequeira returned calls to discuss their handling of the investigation. Nor did Flores from the attorney general's office respond to calls asking for comment. Supervising Deputy Attorney General Joyce Blair said she does not comment on any of her cases, but noted that prosecutors are confident in taking the case to trial.
Jane Doe II
"We will be making arrests continually as we develop probable cause. With this number of people implicated in the incident we're going to be making arrests on an ongoing basis."
--Richmond Police Lt. Mark Gagan.
Police say the girl was attacked by as many as 10 young men, while twice that stood around and watched. Investigators say as many as 20 people were involved in or stood and watched the gang rape of a 15-year-old girl outside a California high school homecoming dance. Police posted a $20,000 reward for anyone who comes to them with information that helps arrest and convict those involved in what authorities describe as a 2½-hour assault on the Richmond High School campus in suburban San Francisco.
Two teenage suspects have been jailed, but more arrests, as many as 20 total, are expected, according to a police detective. As many as 10 people were involved in the assault in a dimly lighted back alley at the school, while another 10 people watched without calling 911 to report it, police said. "There is one individual in custody who has made some spontaneous statements that have led me to believe that he is culpable for what happened," Richmond police Lt. Johan Simon said. Nineteen-year-old Manuel Ortega (pictured, above left) described as a former student at the school, was arrested soon after he fled the scene and will face charges of rape, robbery and kidnapping, police said.
A 15-year-old was later arrested and charged with one count of felony sexual assault.
December 2, 2009
SEATTLE – Maurice Clemmons (pictured left) alleged to have gunned down four police officers in a suburban coffee shop, was executed by a lone patrolman investigating a stolen car early Tuesday, December 2nd. Four people were arrested for allegedly helping Clemmons elude authorities during a massive two-day manhunt. A Seattle policeman recognized him near a stolen car in a working-class south Seattle neighborhood about 2:45 a.m., Assistant Police Chief Jim Pugel said.The executing officer allegedly saw something moving, got out of his car, saw Clemmons and ordered him to show his hands and stop. "He wouldn't stop," Pugel said. "The officer fired several rounds." According to authorities, Clemmons "reached into his waist area," before being executed. "As the officer was drawing his gun, the suspect reached into his waist area and moved," the police statement said. "The officer fired several times, striking the suspect at least twice." He was pronounced dead at the scene.