Robert Aaron Long, the man suspected in a string of massage parlor killings in Georgia asked a sheriff’s deputy if he was going to spend “the rest of his life” in jail, The New York Times reported Friday, citing a police report.
Long, 21, reportedly asked the question as he was being brought to a cell after his arrest Tuesday night. He has been charged with eight counts of murder in the attacks on three massage parlors in Atlanta.
Deputy Tara Herrick of the Crisp County Sheriff’s Office wrote in his police report that Long’s question was captured on an officer’s bodycam.
According to the police report, Long opened fire at Young’s Asian Massage in Acworth on Tuesday evening, killing four people and injuring a fifth, before driving 30 miles into Atlanta and killing four more people at two businesses, Gold Spa and Aromatherapy Spa. He was arrested about 150 miles south of Atlanta. Police said he was heading to Florida and intended to carry out more shootings as spas there.
The shootings came amid a recent wave of attacks against Asian Americans that coincided with the spread of the coronavirus across the United States.