Transcript for Police detective comes face-to-face with Michael Lee Jones at baseball park: Part 8
you just keep working at it, and see where it takes Ya. Might take you to a dead end, might take you to a blind alley, but it might take you to the promised land! It's been more than a year since Inna budnystka was attacked in that Miami hotel. And Ken Brennan has located that mystery man he's been searching for, Michael Jones in Frederick, Maryland. Frederick, Maryland, is in the western part of the state, in the mountains. At this point are you elated? You've found the guy. Yeah, I'm pretty excited, because I'm getting close to the end of the chase. He is telling me, "This is gonna be your guy." And I am thinking, "It's a theory, but I still have no indication that it's a black male." So you are not there yet. I am not there yet. I am not there. And I can understand his reluctance, however, I knew I had the guy. I had to get this guy up there to get him. So, what do you tell detective Foote? What do you need next? So, I said, "Listen, we gotta get some DNA from this guy. Either voluntarily, or without his knowledge." So he made arrangements with his departments to be able to fly up to Frederick, Maryland, and he was able to interview the suspect at the time. Detective Allen Foote is the first to actually confront Michael Jones. He found him working at the food concession of a minor league baseball park in Frederick. What was he like, when you first met him? A teddy bear. A teddy bear? A big -- A big -- A mild-mannered guy? A mild-mannered guy. He was soft spoken. He appeared to be educated. He was very, I thought, forthcoming. Michael Jones doesn't seem to be rattled at all. He is cool, calm and collected while he talks to the detective. Oh, he is staying cool as a cucumber. Oh, yeah, he is just very relaxed, leaned back in the chair. No hiding, or stuttering, looking for something. Jones does confirm that he was in Miami, he was working at the boat show and that he was indeed staying at that regency hotel when Inna was attacked. So I am thinking, "Hmm, okay." So I said, "Do you have any sex with European women?" And he says, "Yes, but it was with a German woman at the boat show." So I have to kinda throw out some more at him, "Was it a Russian girl? Was it at the hotel?" And he is completely denying it. And he's being totally cooperative. That's exactly what you want to do if the police or authorities are asking some very serious questions. And so I came out. And I eventually flat out asked him, did you rape, beat, drop for dead? Did you do it?" And he says, "Well, no, of course not." So I -- And does he seem believable, at that point? Yes, he does. And then, I asked him, "Would you be willing to give a DNA specimen? Because I have specimens from the rape." And he said, "Absolutely." Jones readily gives up his DNA, because he believes they N't link him to this crime. What did that tell you, that he was so willing and -- I figured the guy didn't do it. He says, "I don't know, Ken. I don't think so. I talked to him." I said, "Yeah, I know you talked to him. I'm telling you, it's the guy." It's gonna take a while for these DNA samples to come back. So while Brennan is waiting for the DNA to come back, he contacts senior investigator Tom chase with the Frederick police department. I informed lieutenant chase that I believed that he might be a person of interest for him in case something happened in one of those neighborhoods that he could possibly be responsible for. I utilized my contacts to keep an eye on the fact that he was still in town because I want to make sure he's available for them when they're ready to come and get him. This is the ballpark where he was working at the time, and this is where he was living. If the authorities have a strong hunch that someone's responsible for a very serious crime, they can keep an eye on that person. I was more diligent in keeping track of the reports that were coming in for any type of suspicious person or any type of -- any type of sexual assaults. He had his officers going by to keep an eye on him. He was going by on his own time, on his way home from work. Brennan can't stand just sitting around waiting, waiting, waiting, so he actually gets Jones to meet him, at the ballpark, to talk to him. And I interviewed him for three successive days. Basically, these interviews with offenders are sort of a cat-and-mouse game. The offender's trying to figure out what you know as the investigator, and the investigator is trying to better understand the offender. The guy is calm and collected. What does he tell you? He says, "Listen, I don't know what you're talking about. Yeah, I was at the boat show. Yeah, you know, I hooked up with a couple girls while I was there, but I don't know anything about this Russian girl." Are you believing him? No. Not at all? Not for a minute. Not for a second. Because the first thing is, if he had nothing to do with it, why would he talk to me for three days? The reason why he talked to me for three days is because he knows that I know more about this case than anybody did. So, he's trying to find out from me, you know, how much he has to worry, how much of this case does this guy know? You know, how close is he to me? How could someone who's guilty of this horrible crime be so relaxed and friendly? I mean, who but an innocent man would willingly give up a DNA sample to a cop who he knows is looking at him for a crime? He knows what evidence he's left and what he hasn't left and he's been, in his mind, very careful. It doesn't trouble you at all that he seems to be cooperative? Not at all. I said, let me tell you something. I know you did this. I said, "This ain't like a bad dream where you're just going to wake up and it's going to be over." I said, "Take a good look at my face." I said, "Because you're going to see this face again." I said, "Because I'm coming for you." The next time Brennan sees Jones, it will be in an interrogation room. And this will be a chance to determine is his hunch right on the money or is this just gonna blow up in his face? You better remember how that
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