Barefoot Bandit Returns to Seattle to Face Criminal Charges
The barefoot bandit comes home. 19-year-old Colton Harris-Moore steps from a plane in Seattle to face a blizzard of criminal charges.
And his defense attorney says the teenager has a message for the 90,000 fans who followed his escapades on his Facebook page.
Attorney John Henry Browne said, "He actually gave us a message to give you and the public and that is for any of the kids out there than think this is fun it is not. And that he was scared to death most of the time he was on his lark."
But his mother, Pam Kohler was a no-show at his brief arraignment and she has not visited him behind bars.
"She missed her ride this morning, with me actually, and I just couldn't wait for her any longer. So she wasn't able to make it," said Browne.
We're learning about Colton's difficult childhood. A social worker's report filed when he was 12 said, "Colton wants mom to stop drinking and smoking, get a job and have food in the house. Mom refuses."
There is no welcome mat outside his mother's home near Seattle. The sign says, "If you go past this sign you will be shot."
And this is what happened when ABC news reporter Neal Karlinksy tried to talk with her.
A man came out of the trailer and said, "The lady tells me you people need to leave. Period. Goodbye."
"Just give us a second," said Karlinksy.
"Goodbye! Going inside, I'm coming back with a gun. You better be gone! Period!"
Harris-Moore is being hailed as a cult hero by some. But in court, his attorney says Harris-Moore doesn't think that's appropriate and is worried others will try to copy him.