< link rel="DCTERMS.isreplacedby" href="http://pointprogression.powerblogs.com" /> < link rel="DCTERMS.isreplacedby" href="http://pointprogression.powerblogs.com" /> Point Progression: Guy freezes mom in my backyard

Tuesday, April 26, 2005

Guy freezes mom in my backyard

Ok, so not literally in my backyard, but he might as well have. I can take a five minute car ride from my home and park right outside of 1330 Bainbridge St., the (former) home of Philip Schuth, a deranged guy responsible for the last three days paper headlines in my quite neck of the woods.

It seems that Mr. Schuth, who everyone thought was such a nice fellow, decided to deck a kid passing by on a bicycle and then steal the bike. Yeah, I know, just plain stupid. He then shot the father twice when confronted about what he did, and a police standoff ensued.

Here's where things get really weird. It seems he's had his mom on ice, literally, for the last 4 and a half years while he continued to collect her social security checks. I guess he hasn't had a full time job in years...

Not only that, but he had 16 handguns (15 of which were loaded), and homemade explosives and booby traps set up throughout the house. He also had $10,000 in cash in the home and $25,000 in a joint checking account with his (deceased) mother.

The police believe his story about fearing prosecution as his reason for not reporting his mother’s death, but I have my doubts. As for last weeks events, he's looking at a variety of charges including attempted homicide and two counts of first-degree reckless endangerment in connection with Friday's shooting. And three counts of possession of improvised explosive devices, concealing a corpse and possession of a short-barreled shotgun.

Me, I say the guys a loon no matter what they end up charging him with.

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