Man seized after motel standoff

January 06, 1994|By Gregory P. Kane and Richard Irwin | Gregory P. Kane and Richard Irwin,Staff Writers

A man wanted on a charge of killing his mother in their Pennsylvania home on Dec. 17 was apprehended by FBI agents in his room at an Aberdeen motel early today after a 10-hour standoff, police said.

Around 6 a.m., the agents forced their way into the room of Lawrence Clemick, 36, of the 2000 block of Hansell Drive in Bensalem, Pa., just north of Philadelphia.

"They took him by surprise with no struggle," said Jack Jolley, the chief of police in Aberdeen.

Mr. Clemick was not armed, Chief Jolley said, but was wearing a bullet-proof jacket and had several cans of Mace tear gas in his possession. Police had believed Mr. Clemick was armed because he was known to have purchased several handguns over the years.

The suspect "will most likely go in front of a federal magistrate to be extradited back to Pennsylvania," Chief Jolley said.

Special Agent Andrew Manning of the Baltimore office of the FBI said Mr. Clemick was scheduled to go before a U.S. judge-magistrate in Baltimore this morning.

Agent Manning said agents forced their way into the room because "in the estimation of negotiators he was not going to come out."

He said: "They'll negotiate as long as they think there's a chance someone will come out. This guy was content to sit in the room."

Since around 8 o'clock last night Mr. Clemick had refused to leave his first-floor room at the Red Roof Inn in the 900 block of Beards Hill Road, not far from Interstate 95.

He had been sought since Dec. 17 when the body of his mother, Bertha Clemick, 73, was found in the basement of their home by another son. The woman had been strangled.

Mr. Clemick's whereabouts were unknown until last night, when Pennsylvania State Police and the FBI traced him to the Red Roof Inn in Aberdeen by monitoring his use of credit cards.

According to the Bucks County Courier Times, Mr. Clemick is suicidal and had been a mental patient in at least one Pennsylvania hospital.

Mr. Clemick, in addition to being charged with first-degree murder in the death of his mother, also was charged in a warrant by the FBI with unlawful flight to avoid prosecution.

That warrant brought the FBI into the case.

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