Day By Day© by Chris Muir.

Wednesday, July 20, 2005

Sometimes crime really doesn't pay

Here's one for the weird files (I hear the Twilight Zone playing now):

The long arm of the law isn't long enough to catch Brian James De Mascio now. San Rafael police have identified De Mascio as the man who robbed a downtown bank Saturday - and as the man killed later that day in a freak incident on Highway 101. 'It's certainly an unusual outcome that the suspect should perish the day of the crime,' San Rafael police spokeswoman Margo Rohrbacher said yesterday. The robbery occurred at 9 a.m. at Bank of America at 1000 Fourth St. The suspect, a white man about 6 feet tall and 180 pounds, demanded cash from a teller and was last seen walking south on Fourth Street, police said. When a bank photograph of the robber appeared in Monday's Independent Journal, an acquaintance of De Mascio told San Rafael police he was their suspect. She also mentioned that De Mascio was dead. De Mascio, 38, of San Rafael was struck and killed by a vehicle at 11:15 p.m. Saturday, police learned. The collision occurred when De Mascio, for reasons still unknown, walked directly into the path of a northbound Chevrolet Suburban on Highway 101 just north of the Marin County line, police said. "It doesn't look as though he was pushed or chased," said Officer Christine Jacobs of the California Highway Patrol. De Mascio, 6 feet tall and 200 pounds, was pronounced dead at the scene; the driver of the Suburban, a 44-year-old Petaluma man, was not injured.