We’ve been tracking her, but she remains at large. What makes her so difficult to nab is that she doesn’t have one identifying skill or MO. Her crimes are varied, her operations covert. She’s extremely brilliant to have avoided detection for so long.
My first contact with her was when she was spotted as the driver of the getaway car – a brown full-size Dodge van. It was hardly the vehicle of choice for a quick retreat, but she put that baby through its paces. She flew down the road.
At the supermarket, we almost lost her. She must have ducked inside for cover. We had the place surrounded, but she caught us unawares. With superhuman strength, she charged straight at us through the doors, shielding herself with a cart full of canned goods – perfect for deflecting bullets. Since she had a hostage on the front of the cart, we couldn’t attempt a hit. She piled into the van, and once again we were in hot pursuit. Almost immediately, the news came over the radio that, in addition to all her other crimes, she apparently had made quite a steal at the market.
I lost her that day at a soccer field. The place was filled with screaming fans, so she probably hid in the crowd. I eventually called off the search and headed back to the station.
Periodically, I’ve gotten bits and pieces of information linking her to some major crimes in the area. I know she was into laundering in a big way. She must have been making a lot of bread.
Having her still at large is frustrating. It’s not only humiliating for the department, but as far as I can tell, she is really cleaning up. Her operation must be huge by now, but she maneuvers largely undetected. She’s one smart cookie.
I’ve been devising a trap though, and I think I’ve come up with a foolproof plan. It’s been said she has a lover – a kind of father figure. She adores him, and that could make her vulnerable. If we’re able to pick him up, maybe we could trump up a charge, hold him for a day or two, and see if she surfaces. It’s a long shot, but it’s worth a try to get such a dangerous criminal off the streets. Maybe I can finally put Mother Hood away for good.
Happy Mother’s Day! 🙂