Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Has yo seen ma boy ?

The search for a missing man from Washington is over. As it turns out, he's been behind bars in Montgomery County since late last Friday. And in the end, no matter how you look at, Imani Smith was a wanted man.

In the District, his family wanted to know where he was after he seeming vanished into thin air.

But on the Maryland side of the border, that thin air turned out to be a jail cell after Smith did all the wrong things after boarding a bus on Friday night.

For the better part of five days Imani Smith's family had no idea where the 26 year old District man was after he left his Southeast home last Friday morning.

By Friday night the family's concern had grown. At about the same time, Smith was being hauled off a Montgomery County Ride-On bus in handcuffs unknown to anyone in Washington.

Police say Imani Smith and another man, Ivan Thomas, were aboard a bus in Chevy Chase where the two were allegedly trying to sell a wide variety of pornographic DVD's to passengers. And when one perspective buyer aboard the bus turned down their offer to buy one of the 40 plus X-rated movies, one of the two suspect's pulled out a knife and began swinging it in the direction of the would-be customer.

And then comes Tuesday afternoon, a Montgomery County police press release arrives announcing the Friday arrests while at about the same exact time DC's police department issues a press release seeking the public's help in locating the man who disappeared four days earlier.

Hours later, case closed, both of them.

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