Had It Their Way: BURGER KING Hostages Freed- Suspect Surrenders + Why Does A Cop’s Pullover Approach Always Outweigh The Tone Of The Moment?

“Have it your way” turned out to be more than a mere Burger King’s slogan after an armed man made the decision to surrender after holding restaurant patrons for almost four hours today.

Around 11 o’clock this morning, the unidentified man was spotted as a possible rape suspect that had occurred within 24-48 hours prior to this incident. While the cop tried to summon the driver, the driver took off and eventually crashed into another motorist. That motorist, still unidentified, suffered minor injuries.

To add panic and insult to injury, the driver proceeded to walk into a Burger King restaurant on the corner of Monroe and Washington Blvd and hold a 67 year-old man, 17 year-old female employee, 25 year-old manager and a 7 year-old girl hostage.

Baltimore Burger King hostage suspect surrendersFrom around that 11 o’clock hour, with Baltimore PD and SWAT now positioned, around 1:45 p.m. the suspect released the 17 year-old first and the 67 year-old around a half hour later, leaving him still inside with the 7 year-old and 25 year-old manager.

Chief T.J Smith stated it was clear the suspect didn’t want to hurt anybody and didn’t want to be hurt. So around 4:50 p.m. the suspect released the remaining two hostages and then surrendered himself to authorities.

No word as yet on the suspects name and if it turned our [that] he was the rape suspect police were looking for or not.

A handgun was recovered at the scene.

While this all turned out well for the persons held hostage, we all this could have gone a totally different (and tragic) way. Luckily it didn’t.

One part of me wants to say sometimes: “how about stop chasing (and running up on) people on a ‘possibility’ that they did something or are (possibly) somebody altogether-or at least try a less aggressive approach [that what we typically see-these officers doing: screaming and seemingly building their own adrenaline and momentum up preparing for battle].”

But then there is this flip side of that who, (in my earlier, beginning college years) was a criminal justice major and learned the first week that there are two expectations (in law enforcement and corrections):

In corrections, it’s already proven and on paper that once a person is on paper, he or she will definitely be back again. They pretty much have your file ready and waiting on you. It’s called a recidivism. Statistically, the rate of recidivism is much higher than non returning persons who are booked for misdemeanor or felonious crimes.

But even over that, in law enforcement, one rarely (if ever) gets caught in the act of the crime they committed and may be wanted for. But one thing for certain and two-for sure, that person WILL hit these roads. And typically, THAT is where if there’s anything to be found on you (if you are wanted) you WILL be found. Many of the most prolific murderers in history were apprehended during routine traffic stops (and so ended their murder sprees and other crimes against other people).

With that being the case, (especially nowadays) it is evident and clear that cops pull up with a guilty ‘til proven innocent approach that often times, is far more aggressive than the tone of the pullover calls for and a mere movement and preparation to utter a word could get you killed.

 

 

So with the understanding that some pullovers are indeed