CIA's Raymond Davis arrested after parking spot fight
NEW YORK - Raymond Davis, the CIA agent who gained notoriety for killing two Pakistanis in Lahore, was Saturday arrested in Colorado, a state in America's midwest, after a violent altercations over a parking spot, according to US media reports.
The Daily Beast said Davis, 36, was the aggressor. He was charged with third-degree assault and disorderly conduct, but was released after posting a $1,750 bond.
Davis made worldwide headlines when he was arrested in Pakistan after he shot and killed two men who he said were trying to mug him. His imprisonment turned into a standoff between the U.S. and Pakistan about the CIAs covert activities in that country, and he was freed only after the U.S. paid $2.3 million in "blood money" to the victims families.
The US put intense pressure on Pakistan for his release, with President Barack Obama, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and other top American officials, insisting he had immunity as a diplomat.
According to the wife of 50-year-old victim Jeffrey Maes, her husband pulled into a Starbucks parking lot for coffee and bagels and found a space. She said Davis pulled up behind them, got out of his car cursing, claiming the space was his. After a very brief confrontation, Davis struck Maes once in the face, knocking him out.
Maes regained consciousness after 30 seconds and another fight ensued, according to Meas wife. There were many witnesses. She said Davis kept saying, Youre done. Im going to get you.
Ive never seen a man so full of rage, Maes wife said.
While US officials accused Pakistan for violating international lAw as Davis was entitled to diplomatic immunity, it was later revealed that Davis was a former member of the U.S. Special Forces and was employed by the private security firm Blackwater. He reportedly owns a security company called Hyperion Protective Consultants, which is contracted to do work for the government.