One does not normally think of bakeries as particularly dangerous, no more so than the average linen shop or marshmallow storehouse, but back in May, one sleepy neighborhood cheese and baked goods emporium became the site of a brutal, apparently random attack on a local teenager.
Yesterday, Matthew Cate, California Inspector General, released a report indicating that California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation authorities made a boo boo when they released 26-year-old inmate Scott Thomas into the general public. Thomas’ parole officer did not meet him right outside the prison, as directed for high-control inmates, according to the report. Also, the prison released him on a Friday, which is forbidden for such high-risk inmates as Thomas.
Thomas was released on May 18. The next day, he walked into Creighton’s Bakery, a sleepy Twin Peaks staple, and reportedly stabbed 15-year-old Loren Schaller several times with a big hunting knife, giving her nerve damage in her right arm, among other injuries. He also stabbed another bakery customer who came to Schaller’s assistance.
According to the Chronicle, Schaller’s family is suing the state over the incident. We’re no lawyers, but we bet yesterday’s little doosie of a report will help their case just a little.
Blunders in inmate’s unsupervised release ended in girl’s stabbing [San Francisco Chronicle]
Full Report [California Inspector General]
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