Exciting pistol duel 3Mar13
ARRESTED AFTER EXCITING PSTO L DUEL ON STREE T John Matelio, Alleged Highwayman, Highwayman, Caught in Act of Robbing Robbing Woman on Harris Harris Street. THIRTY SHOTS FIRED BUT NO CASUALTIES Matelio's Coat Shot to Ribbons and He Recieves Slight Flesh Wound. Detected in an effort to hold up Mrs. Raarlet Amour, a Frenchwoman living at 523 Prior street, as she passed Jackson avenue on her way down Harris street, John Matelio on Sunday morning at half - past three was arrested by Sergeant Hood and Police Constables Knox and Cameron after a running fight in which thirty shots were exchanged between prisoner prisoner and police. Matelio s coat was shot to ribbons and one bullet ploughed its way across his left breast, breaking the skin for a few inches. But in spite of this and his attempt to discharge his gun at the head of Constable Knox when but a few feet away, no casualties occurred. Cries For Help. Constable Campbell was patrolling his beat when he heard cries for help. He dashed down Jackson avenue and when he reached Harris he saw a man threatening Mrs. Amour with a gun. Campbell demanded the man's gun at once, but as he ran under an arc light to cross the street, he was met with a hail of bullets. His man ran down the street and Campbell ran after him, firing as he ran. Sergeant Hood, with Constable Rcrbtrt Knox joined In the chase, and the three policemen raced down the street In pursuit of the man. The battel that followed aroused the occupants of the nearby houses from their beds. Nearly Escaped. During a lull the man darted down a side street, and over to Union street. He hid among a row of shacks, posting posting Campbell at one end of the row, Hood and Knox, with their revolvers loaded, searched the yards and piles of rubbish nearby. During the hunr Matelio Jumped up from behind a shed and presented a gun at the head of Knox. He attempted to shoot, but the bullet jammed and Knox closed with him. The struggle was desperate, but after a few minutes minutes the officer handcuffed his man. Detective Rlccl, expert In Italian, questioned the man closely when he was brought Into the station, but could get fow answers to his questions. Matelio says he came here a few weeks ago from Montreal, that he lived at 343 Union street, that his name Is John Matelio, that he was Intoxicated at the time and that he was sorry. Three Charges Preferred. He was locked up and listed on three charges; Attempted murder, attempted hold - up and threatening with a deadly weapon. When the r - oHca searched Matelio's rooms at 143 Union street, they found two automatic revolvers, a high power rifle and several hundred rounds of ammunition. They took Joe Merino, said to be a friend of the prisoner's, Into custody, holding him on a charge of vagrancy. The police btlleve that Matelio may have some connection with the Black Hand Society. Rrmnniled Till Wednesday. Matelio came up for his preliminary hearing In the police court this morning morning and upon tho request of the prosecution prosecution the case was remanded until next Wednesday. The prisoner was an object of much interest to the crowds that thronged the court this morning, and he seemed to realize the seriousness seriousness of his position.