Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Lost and found

There are times when being missing is actually an improvement over being found. Imani Smith of Washington, DC knows exactly what we're talking about. After having been reported missing by his family late last week, he was recently discovered.

Behind bars in Montgomery County, Maryland.

Apparently, Smith was on a bus with Ivan Thomas, and the two were trying to gather together finances, presumably for their trip, by selling pornographic DVDs. When a prospective customer decided that he didn't really need to see yet another film about college co-eds on a soul-defining road trip, or, better yet, another story about women in prison, one of the two men decided it was a fine time to start swinging a knife around.

Needless to say, the two men were arrested, and, when the DC area released their missing persons reports, Montgomery County was releasing their information regarding weekend arrests. Shortly afterwards, the connection was made, and the cases were closed.

This, of course, causes us here at the CSM to wonder, if you're going to attempt to run away from home (which it seems like Smith may have been attempting to do), why would you (or your partner) engage in such a high profile activity? After all, that's akin to leaving rehab, shaving your head, and attacking a car with an umbrella. If you don't want people to know where you are, it's probably a good idea to lay fairly low. Don't brandish weapons while on the bus. Don't get angry when people don't want to buy "One Night In Paris" from you. Definitely don't get involved in a Hollywood romance. Heck, one of the only things that Smith could've done to draw more attention to himself would've been to announce either that he was the father of Anna Nicole Smith's baby, or that he was running for President.

Although, in retrospect, Tom Vilsack's profile wasn't raised at all, either. Maybe Smith should've taken that route.

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