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A typical Tuesday morning for 42-year-old Michael Di Marzo quickly became a citywide multi-jurisdictional manhunt for him and what witnesses thought was a assault rifle in his hand.
Man reported walking with a gun prompts morning lockdown of three Olympia schools
Three schools were locked down and delayed as police scoured the area by ground and air, looking for a man described by a teenage tipster as wearing black clothes and a ski mask.
It wasn’t realized until hours later what was believed to be something along the lines of an AR-15 or AK-47 was more of a AU-15: a 15-inch compact “assault umbrella.”
The “ski mask” was a pulled-up black turtle neck sweater paired with a black watch cap.
It didn’t take long for police to come knocking at his door. Police had seen video footgage of Di Marzo riding the Transit City bus in the morning and had tracked him, Di Marzo said.
Originally posted by SpaDe_
Another great example of why "see something say something" is a total farce in this country when a person cannot decipher the difference between a ski mask and a turtle neck, or an umbrella and an "assault rifle".
It's stories like this that also give more credence to the fact that eyewitness reports are to be taken lightly until confirmed with hard evidence.edit on 3/22/2013 by SpaDe_ because: (no reason given)
Originally posted by captaintyinknots
This is what happens with the "report everything" mindset that has been pushed on people.
When it is shoved in people's faces that they MUST report anything suspicious or they may be enabling terrorism, people start to look for things to report. They start seeing guns where there are really umbrellas. Sort of like how cops see guns where there are really wallets and hoagie sandwiches.