Jason F. White told Tallahassee police that he tried to steal a Glock 27 from Academy Sports June 29 because he needed to kill someone.
The unemployed 24-year-old Tallahassee resident told officers an “unknown man” was threatening him and his children, and that he needed to kill him.
“White made additional statements that he was going to get out of jail today, steal again and will shoot someone,” Tallahassee Police Officer R. Hunkiar wrote in the arrest report. “White said we will see him on the evening news, just you wait and see. He made additional threats to shoot someone even in our presence because he was not afraid to do so.”
White admitted — pre- and post-Miranda — that he had tried to steal the Glock, a backpack, five boxes of .40 caliber ammunition and two extra magazines.
“I admit it. I stole the gun,” he said. “I will steal again when I get out of jail.”
White’s attempted theft was thwarted by the Academy Sports store manager, Marvin “Dean” Crouch.
Crouch tackled White as he was running out of the store with the Glock.
Academy Sports fired Crouch yesterday — a move that drew national scrutiny, especially from the gun community.
More troubling, however, is White’s current status.
According to the Leon County Clerk of Court’s website, Judge J. Smith set White’s bond at $5,000 — despite his death threats and promises to steal again.
To those not familiar with the criminal justice system, White only had to pay a bondsman 10 percent — $500 — and he’s now a free man.
I certainly don’t blame the police for this debacle. They merely transported White to the county jail after Crouch bravely tackled the would-be thief. The officers wrote a great report, which clearly details White’s promises to steal again and then kill.
The judge, however, has no excuse for setting such a paltry, meager bond.
Something very bad is now likely to happen in Tallahassee.
When it does, of course, some will blame the gun and/or the gunman, who’s clearly an emotionally disturbed person.
I, however, will blame the judge.