|A powerful metaphor for our time? A dummy security guard... isn't that what guards our civilization?|
Detroit — A red truck marked "security" was parked outside the Corktown Inn Friday morning when a 21-year-old woman was killed inside her room, but the truck was manned by a dummy.
Police are searching for a man in dark clothing who walked into the hotel at about 8:30 a.m. and asked a clerk for the victim's room number before shooting her several times and running away.
The hotel is located on Trumbull between West Lafayette and Michigan Avenue.Relatives on Monday identified the woman as Ninoshka Nieves-Figueroa and said she was the mother of two young children.
Eduardo Rivera told WJBK-TV he knew something was wrong when his sister didn't call him and then didn't answer her phone.
Mercedes Figueroa said she is just seeking justice for her daughter.
The security dummy, whose face is wrapped in masking tape with a mouth apparently drawn in magic marker, and wearing a ball cap marked "3-Peat 1993 NBA Champions," was still propped up behind the truck's steering wheel in the hotel parking lot Monday morning.
"The dummy is in the truck; we have a live guard on weekends," hotel owner Chester Miorwski said. "The (suspect) walked in, ran around the outside, pulled a gun and shot the girl — do you think putting in more security would have helped stop that?
"I've been in this business 50 years, and it's the first time something like this has happened," said Miorwski, who bought the Corktown Inn 15 years ago. "It's unfortunate."
Miorwski admitted the security dummy likely doesn't deter crime.
"The bad guys know there's nobody in there," he said.
Nieves-Figueroa likely called police moments before the homicide, Miorwski also said. He said Detroit police officers showed up at the hotel Friday just before the shooting.
"The cops asked, 'Did you call for help?' and the clerk said no," Miorwski said. "Then a few minutes later, someone said the window (to the victim's room) was busted out, and they saw a body in the room. Then the cops came back.
"I think she called for help," Miorwski said.
"She checked in the night before this happened," Miorwski said.
Miorwski described his hotel's clientele as "a little bit of everything."
"Our rates are $60 (per night); other hotels are $200 — what's that tell you?" he said.
Detroit police released surveillance-camera footage of the man considered to be a person of interest in the case, and are asking the public's help in finding him.Is there a better metaphor for America in 2013 then that of "Wally the Watchman" in Detroit -- a fake dummy at the wheel of a red truck marked "security?"
No future Gibbon to ponder why such a civilization collapsed.
You just have to laugh.
Tragic though it is, you just have to laugh.