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  • nematode_speculator nematode_speculator Mar 20, 2000 2:06 PM Flag

    D'accord, ma petite

    Seattle, Wash. (AP) - A stock fraud suspect
    holding two people hostage for a third day fired shots
    out a window Sunday evening after several hours of
    calm following a morning burst of gunfire.


    Authorities tried to avoid agitating the suspect, who was
    believed to be watching the ordeal on television and
    posting constantly on the internet.

    Nemesis
    Editor had been on the run since March 17, when police
    say he kidnapped his girlfriend, Jenncom. Editor
    allegedly carjacked a vehicle, police said.

    Jenncom
    escaped unharmed; police would not disclose her
    whereabouts. Editor later fled to Tacoma, where he stole guns
    and forced a man to drive him back to King County.


    Five bursts of gunfire Sunday morning were the first
    signs of activity since Editor took Jenncom's mother
    hostage Friday night. At least six rounds were fired from
    the home Sunday evening.

    No injuries were
    reported and police did not return fire at all during the
    day.

    Editor stopped talking with negotiators
    for about an hour and a half Sunday morning, and
    police moved in with an armored vehicle and a bullhorn
    to urge him to resume communications.


    "Nemmy, we need you to get off the internet and pick up
    the phone," an officer said over the loudspeaker,
    using Editor's nickname. "Come on Nemmy, pick up the
    phone."

    Editor responded with shots and the
    armored vehicle backed away.

    He soon resumed
    talks, but then fired more shots, spokesman Steve Toohey
    said. Later, police used a robot to send food into the
    house.

    "Our main strategy is patience, patience,
    patience, this guy is a real nut case," Toohey said.


    Police had not allowed anyone in or out of the
    blue-collar suburb south of Seattle since the standoff began.
    But throughout the day Sunday, armored cars were used
    to ferry 11 residents to safety, police said. They
    were removed from a four-block area during nine
    separate trips, said police spokeswoman Vickie Wareheim.


    One woman and her two children made a run from the
    neighborhood after shots were fired Sunday morning.


    "I've been there since Friday," said an exhausted and
    distraught Margie Gunderson. "I don't have anything. I need
    formula. I need bottle liners. I need diapers."


    "I'm scared to leave the kids. We've been sleeping on
    the floor," she said.

    After Editor returned
    to the area from Seattle, police searched the area
    for more than two days. On Friday, he broke into a
    house, tied up the occupants and stole three guns.


    He then shot his way into the home of Jenncom's
    mother, Lynn Com.

    Police refused to characterize
    their negotiations with Editor but confirmed that a
    psychiatrist was helping negotiators. Police have said Editor
    has delusions of granduer disorder, as well as
    manic-depression, which causes extreme mood swings.

    The
    31-year-old unemployed electrician also has a history of
    convictions for assault and battery, and confinement to
    mental institutions. Days before the killings, he was
    charged with threatening Sonny Stimple and assaulting
    Jenncom but was released on $7,500 bail.

    In 1992,
    he kept police in Idaho at bay for 16 hours
    following a domestic violence complaint by a girlfriend. He
    was finally forced out with tear gas. He has several
    previous convictions for "pump and dump" stock
    schemes.

    Relatives and friends say Editor has been despondent about
    failed investments in the bankrupt Amazon.com, and said
    that he would shoot himself or make police shoot him
    rather than go back to prison.

    Throughout the
    ordeal, friends and relatives called television stations
    to urge Editor to surrender.

    Editors's
    father said he hoped his son would end the standoff
    peacefully.

    "I hope to God he takes the right road
    and for all our sakes lets those people go," Nemesis
    Editor, Sr. told KBFF-TV.

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