Pair killed af­ter park­ing dis­pute call; land­lord charged

Austin American-Statesman - - THE SECOND FRONT - By Clarke Can­field

PORT­LAND, MAINE — A 74year-old Maine man was charged in the shoot­ing deaths of two ten­ants in­side an apart­ment he rented out at his home, pos­si­bly over a dis­pute about where they parked their cars dur­ing a snow- storm, state po­lice said Sun­day.

James Pak was ar­rested at about 10 p.m. Satur­day fol­low­ing a stand­off at his sub­ur­ban neigh­bor­hood home in Bid­de­ford, about 15 miles south of Port­land, po­lice said. He is charged with two counts of mur­der in the deaths of Der­rick Thompson, 19, and Thompson’s girl­friend, 18-year-old Alivia Welch.

Thompson’s mother, Su­san John­son, 44, called po­lice to report the shoot­ings at about 7 p.m. She and her 6-year-old son also live in the apart­ment, which is at­tached to the main house where Pak lived.

Be­fore the shoot­ings, Bid­de­ford po­lice were called to Pak’s home re­gard­ing a dis­pute be­tween Pak and his ten­ants over their cars be­ing parked in his drive­way dur­ing the snow­storm, said state po­lice spokesman Steve McCaus­land. Bid­de­ford banned street park­ing dur­ing the night so city crews could plow the streets.

Min­utes af­ter of­fi­cers left the home, they re­ceived the call re­port­ing the shoot­ings.

Pak is be­ing held at the York County Jail in Al­fred and is ex­pected to make his ini­tial court ap­pear­ance ei­ther Mon­day or Wed­nes­day.

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