Po­lice eye link be­tween rant­ing videos and mur­der sus­pect

The Oneida Daily Dispatch (Oneida, NY) - - Nation + World -

BROCKPORT, N.Y. » Po­lice are look­ing into a link be­tween bizarre, rant­ing YouTube videos and Face­book post­ings and a woman charged with killing a ran­dom vic­tim in western New York.

Thir ty- one- year- old Holly Colino has been charged with shoot­ing 33-year-old Me­gan Dix in the head Fri­day as Dix sat in her pickup truck on a lunch break in Brockport. Colino was taken into cus­tody Mon­day in nearby Henrietta af­ter po­lice re­sponded to a re­port that a woman pointed a gun at some­one in a restau­rant park­ing lot.

In a YouTube video, a woman who iden­ti­fies her­self as Holly M. Colino ac­cuses strangers of steal­ing her iden­tity by im­i­tat­ing her hair, eye­brows and lips.

“It’s like ac­com­plic­ing mur­der, us­ing some­one else to go mur­der some­body,” she says at one point.

In an­other video, she ac­cuses a for­mer em­ployee of the state Col­lege at Brockport of be­ing “so en­vi­ous and jeal­ous of me she wanted my con­tacts.”

In a num­ber of video scenes, she is in a car in dif­fer­ent park­ing lots, point­ing out women and say­ing they’re mim­ick­ing her hair or eye­brows. In one video, she yells in­co­her­ently about some­one dam­ag­ing her ve­hi­cle and steal­ing bank state­ments, “on­look­ers call­ing the po­lice,” ‘’dead bod­ies,” be­ing alone and liv­ing out­side.

A Face­book page for Holly M. Colino is filled with long stream-of-con­scious­ness rants and links to sev­eral of the YouTube videos.

Colino’s cousin, Todd Colino, of Tempe, Arizona, tells the Rochester Democrat and Chron­i­cle he had found an­gry graf­fiti from her in Phoenix and be­lieved her men­tal ill­ness was wors­en­ing. He told the news­pa­per in a tele­phone in­ter­view Tuesday that the graf­fiti, which ac­cused “women who imi­tate” Holly Colino of be­ing “sex of­fend­ers,” led him to fear she was go­ing to hurt some­body or be hurt.

Po­lice say Colino was from the Rochester area but had been liv­ing in Arizona re­cently. Her brother, Ja­son Colino, lives in the Rochester area, Todd Colino said. He said fam­ily mem­bers had tried to get Holly to seek help for her ap­par­ent psy­chi­atric is­sues but she re­fused.

Todd’s sis­ter, who lives in Cal­i­for­nia, told the news­pa­per Holly had lived with her and her fa­ther for a while but was asked to leave when her per­son­al­ity grew dark and an­gry. Todd Colino said Holly has lived in her car and else­where in re­cent years.

Colino pleaded not guilty at her ar­raign­ment Tuesday and was sent to Mon­roe County Jail with­out bail. She’s due back in court Fri­day. Her public de­fender, Joshua Stubbe, didn’t re­turn a call seek­ing com­ment.

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