Just a kid

Around 3 am, Martha Rodriguez began to drive her daughter's 17 year old boyfriend home. She drove and her boyfriend David Moreno was in the front passenger seat. The 17 year old boyfriend in the back seat of the car, is believed to have been intoxicated on either drugs or alcohol.

During the trip to take him home, an argument began. And allegedly the 17 year old reached over the seat and stabbed Moreno twice in the chest with a sharp object.

The boy fled on foot, and Moreno was rushed to the hospital. He underwent surgery and was listed in critical condition on Monday.

The teen was found passed out in the stairwell of an apartment complex about 5:42 am. He was arrested for suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon.



We tend to see 17 year olds as just kids. But at 17, they are almost fully grown physically. And they are just a little short of legally being an adult. Yet they often lack the control that age and experience should bring. And alcohol or drugs will worsen that lack of control.  

It is never wise to argue with anyone who is intoxicated, if it can be avoided. And especially an intoxicated teen. Not that I am implying that it was the victims fault, as he did not ask to be stabbed. But as a general rule, if possible defer arguments til the next day. It usually feels more satisfying if they have a hangover anyway.



A neighbor heard noises from 28-year-old Joylene Subklew's apartment. He didn't think it was gunshots, he thought he maybe heard furniture being moved, and arguing. Other neighbors reported hearing shots.

Then another tenant helped Subklew's boyfriend from the apartment. He said he had been shot, in the side and the leg and he had escaped somehow. He was taken to the hospital where he was treated and released. Police were called at 3:30 am and a standoff began. It was determined that inside the apartment was Joylene Subklew, and her ex-boyfriend George Pelletier, 47.

Friends and neighbors said the two had had a troubled relationship. And she had broken it off some time before. Pelletier appeared to be having difficulty with the ending, and Subklew had recently obtained a restraining order against Pelletier. Allegedly Pelletier had been drinking earlier in the evening.

During the standoff, which lasted more than 15 hours, many other tenants were trapped in their apartment. The couple who lived above Subklew has reported that they spent about 3 hours sitting on a bed with a shotgun. Allegedly Pelletier was threatening to shoot through the floor into the apartment above. They were too afraid to try to escape, because they would have to pass Subklew's apartment on their way out. Police were not aware of their presence in the apartment until a neighbor called them. Gradually the tenants were evacuated by the SWAT team.

Shortly after 10 am, Pelletier released Subklew without injury. She had been a hostage for 7 hrs. Friends and neighbors attempted to get Pelletier to come out. Police negotiators also were attempting to convince him to come out. Police stated that he was afraid to come out, afraid of going to jail. They were determined to wait.  

About 6 pm, police fired tear gas canisters into the apartment and attempted to coax him out. Half an hour later hearing gunshots, the SWAT team moved in. They found Pelletier dead, apparently due to a self inflicted gunshot wound. Police say that no officers or tactical unit officers fired any weapons during the standoff.

An autopsy is scheduled to verify the cause of death.



Another apartment complex endangered. First trapped for some period of time, afraid to even talk, afraid to draw the hostage takers attention to themselves. Then after they were evacuated, the were out in the hot sun, for the day. Unable to return to their apartments due to fear for their lives, it represented a major interruption of their daily activities, not to mention the sleepless night and the fear, the endangerment they were put through.

One man, who isn't being named, shot. His 'crime'? He found someone to go out with. Evidently the shooter felt his desires were more important than the unnamed man's desires.

One woman, terrorized for 7 hours. Her 'crime'? She decided the previous relationship wasn't working, and decided to go in a different direction. A direction different from the shooter/hostage taker.