Archive for Monday, February 6, 2006

Suspect in attack at gay bar dies

February 6, 2006


— A teenager suspected in a brutal rampage at a Massachusetts gay bar died Sunday from wounds suffered in a shootout with Arkansas police after he fatally shot an officer and a woman acquaintance, authorities said.

Jacob D. Robida, who was wanted in the hatchet-and-gun attack Thursday that left three men injured at a New Bedford bar more than 1,200 miles away, investigators said.

Robida, who was shot twice in the head on Saturday, died at Cox-South Hospital in Springfield, Mo., hospital spokesman Randy Berger said.

New Bedford police said Sunday that they were still trying to determine what motivated Robida, a high school dropout who friends said had a swastika tattoo, but had not previously expressed prejudice toward homosexuals.


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