Crowd Taunts Captured Fugitive Frein

He is arraigned in Pennsylvania on murder charges
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 31, 2014 3:57 PM CDT
Crowd Taunts Captured Fugitive Frein
Eric Frein is taken to prison after a preliminary hearing in Pike County Courthouse Friday in Milford, Pa.   (AP Photo/The Scranton Times-Tribune, Michael J. Mullen)

As officers led newly captured fugitive Eric Frein from a courthouse in Pennsylvania today, the New York Times reports that they stopped for a moment as if to give the 150 or so bystanders a good look. Shouts of "Rot in hell," "You're not a real soldier," and "You're a coward" rang out, though Frein showed no reaction. Earlier, he had been arraigned on charges of murder, attempted murder, and possession of weapons of mass destruction in connection with the shooting of two troopers and his seven weeks on the run in the Poconos Mountains.

"He was fully expecting to be caught," a federal law enforcement official tells the Philadelphia Inquirer. The investigator says Frein had spent "substantial time" in a hangar at the small airport where he was finally captured. US marshals were not acting on a tip when they found him outside the hangar, unarmed, but were following through on the grid strategy of searching employed throughout the manhunt, reports the Scranton Times-Tribune. As for the gash on Frein's nose and bruises on his face, a police official says they did not occur during or after the arrest. (Officers used handcuffs belonging to the trooper who was killed.)

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