The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil,
but because of those who look on and do nothing.

~~~ Albert Einstein

Friday, December 16, 2005

Fake Firefighting Suspected Rapist Slashes Throat During Arrest in Tennessee

NEW YORK — A fugitive fashion writer wanted for questioning in a bizarre sexual attack in New York slashed himself in the neck with a knife after he was confronted by police on a college campus in Tennessee, police said.

Peter Braunstein, 42, was spotted by a woman on the campus of the University of Memphis, who recognized him from media reports of his efforts to evade New York authorities, police said.

She called campus police, who caught up with Braunstein and stopped him, according to NYPD spokesman Paul Browne.

"He said, 'I'm the person you're looking for,' and he stabbed himself three times in the neck," Browne said.

Braunstein was hospitalized in critical condition, police said.

New York police had been hunting since early November for the freelance journalist, once a writer for Women's Wear Daily. The New York media has been equally hot on his trail, reporting on alleged sightings across the country.

Police said they want to question Braunstein about a Halloween attack on a woman by a man who bluffed his way into her apartment by posing as a firefighter.

The fake fireman bound the woman and molested her over 13 hours, police said.

Investigators said they believed Braunstein was obsessed with the victim, although he has not been formally charged in the attack.

A $12,000 reward had been offered for information leading to Braunstein's arrest and his father had made several public appeals, begging his son to turn himself in. FoxNews

Stabbing oneself, the cowards way out.


Trench said...

The cowards way out indeed.