John Mark Karr questioned by San Francisco Police
By Tamara Barak, Bay City News Service
October 6, 2006
SAN FRANCISCO (BCN) - San Francisco police briefly detained
John Mark Karr today after employees of an elementary school where
he briefly worked reported him stepping out of a limousine and
peering into the school's windows.
The incident occurred at Convent of the Sacred Heart at 2222
Broadway St. - less than 2 miles away from Karr's attorney's office,
where a press conference was about to begin regarding Thursday's
dismissal of child pornography charges Karr faced in Sonoma County.
Karr did not appear at the press conference.
San Francisco police Sgt. Steve Mannina said that at 12:17 p.m.,
a worker called police and said Karr was in front of the school.
"According to witnesses, a limousine pulled up, he got
out, went up to the school and was looking in the window,"
The caller reported that Karr then tried to open the school's
door, which was locked, then walked to an adjacent school and
looked through its windows, Mannina said.
"He then got back into the limousine and it drove down Broadway,"
A police officer pulled over the limousine a short time later,
to find Karr in the back with two people working for a national
television news program, Mannina said.
Police "determined there was no illegal activity occurring,
so they had to let him go," Mannina said.
Robert Amparan, Karr's attorney, was not immediately available
Karr was a teaching assistant to Convent of the Sacred Heart's
two third-grade teachers in 1996. He left after less than four
weeks, saying he didn't like the job, school officials said.
Karr made international headlines in August after confessing
to the 1996 murder of 6 year-old beauty pageant contestant JonBenet
He was subsequently arrested and extradited from Thailand, but
authorities dropped all charges after DNA evidence failed to link
him to the crime.
On Thursday, Karr was freed from the Sonoma County jail after
prosecutors dropped the five misdemeanor child pornography charges
filed against him in 2001.
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