On Friday, a Massachusetts' grand jury indicted hate crime killer Keith Luke of Brockton, MA on two counts of murder in connection with a his spree of violence on January 21st.
Luke was also indicted on six counts of armed assault with attempt to murder, armed home invasion, armed kidnapping with sexual assault, four counts of aggravated rape, indecent assault and battery, unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful possession of ammunition, and malicious destruction of property.
Police say the crime spree began when Luke allegedly forced his way inside his former neighbors' (two sisters) apartment with a 9mm handgun and a backpack containing two pairs of handcuffs, a blindfold, and a gag he had bought with his mother's credit card. He used the handcuffs to bind the elder sister's hands and then repeatedly raped her. When her sister came to the door and banged on it, Luke shot her multiple times, killing her. After shooting the woman at the door, Luke looked to her sister in a bedroom covering herself with a white teddy bear. He shot her through the stuffed animal. Out on the street, as two men tried to help the younger sister, who had retreated from the door, Luke fired at the nonwhite would-be rescuer, but missed and then drove off, police said. Luke is also charged with shooting to death a man, Arlindo DePina Goncalves, 72, pushing a can-filled cart down the street as Luke fled the scene. Luke reportedly fired on and missed two Brockton police officers as they pursued the van until it plowed into two vehicles and crashed near East Ashland and North Quincy streets.
Police said Luke told them he bought a handgun on the street six months ago and purchased 200 rounds of ammunition. "I'm sorry I shot at the cops,'' he said, according to a police report. "But I am not sorry I shot those people at the house.'' After he shot as many "nonwhites'' as he could, he reportedly told the police his plan was to head to a synagogue near his mother's Pleasant Street home and kill as many Jews as he could as they left a bingo game. He would then kill himself.
Authorities said Luke told them after his arrest that he had hatched a plan six months earlier to kill as many Hispanics, Jews and blacks as he could. Luke told police he was “fighting for a dying race” and he was “fighting extinction.” His arrest cut short another part of Luke’s alleged plot — to kill bingo players at the Temple Beth Emunah in Brockton that same night. A friend of his mother's said he was motivated by things he had read on the internet. Luke lived with his mother and used his mother's credit card to purchase his ammunition. Luke's background and motivation is very similar to police killer Poplawski.
The indictment moves the case to superior court, where he will be arraigned on April 30.
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