January 5, 2019
Lawrence Hall III.
Everyone likes to celebrate the new year in different ways.
White people tend to have parties and watch fireworks, for example, while black people tend to partake in violent crime sprees that leave pensioners hospitalized.
It would be boring if we were all the same.
An 84-year-old man kidnapped from his home Wednesday by a robbery suspect fleeing police remained in the intensive care unit Thursday after the chaotic crime spree ended in a violent crash that left him badly injured.
Family members identified the kidnapping victim as Louis Reese, and police later confirmed that information.
The police chase, which began in Mayport and ended in East Arlington, also left two Jacksonville police officers with serious injuries.
Reese was taken to Memorial Hospital and was on a ventilator Thursday, but was acknowledging his doctors with hand signals, the family said.
They said he is fighting hard, but all of his ribs were broken and he has a broken leg, broken arm, broken spine, collapsed lung and a punctured lung. He underwent surgery Thursday.
The suspect, later identified by police as Lawrence Hall III, 26, was also hospitalized Wednesday after the crash, which ended a wild crime spree that began just after 2 p.m. when Hall robbed the Lucky Charms Arcade, an internet cafe on Mayport Road, police said.
Police said Hall ran out of the business with a backpack full of money and was tracked by officers from multiple agencies to a residential neighborhood a few blocks away.