It sounds to me like a cry for help:
William Everett Alemar, 23, of South Raleigh Street, Martinsburg, was charged with committing a terrorist act and wearing body armor while committing a felony offense following the incident, which occurred on the first day of school for Berkeley County students. As of Monday, he was being held at Eastern Regional Jail on a $50,000 cash-only bond.
Alemar, who police said was a member of the military, later told police he was out running and jogging with his gear on, police said. His current military status is under police investigation.
Running around in your combat gear with an airsoft gun is a good way to draw the attention of Johnny Law. That allowed, is charging Alemar with two felonies for “jogging while scarey,” without any actual means to commit harm, really the best use of court resources and taxpayer dollars?
Update: Alemar is a National Guardsman who did a tour of Iraq in 2011, and his father says he was running in his gear to get in shape for his next deployment.
Alemar’s father, Stephen Alemar, told The Herald-Mail on Monday that he believes his son was running with his gear to stay in shape for his next military assignment. Alemar said his son returned home in December from deployment in Iraq, where he had been assigned to a special forces unit.
“He’s not a terrorist; he’s not a bad kid,” his father said.
Alemar said his son wanted to serve his country his entire life and volunteered to go to Iraq and Afghanistan.
The cops raided Alemar’s home, too. The only “weapon” they found was another airsoft gun. The Martinsburg Police and Berkeley County Magistrate Sandra L. Miller need to get their heads out of their collective asses. Alemar certainly isn’t a rocket scientist, but he’s rather obviously chosen to dedicate his life to fighting terrorists, not becoming one.