Man Steals Hearse During Funeral

WEST PARK, Fla. (AP) - The family of a Hallandale Beach man who
stole a hearse during a funeral says the man suffers from
schizophrenia.

The Broward Sheriff's Office reports that 18-year-old Johnny
Silfrain jumped into a black hearse parked outside a West Park
church Wednesday morning and drove off. He was shot in the leg and
eventually arrested when he drove back to the church. It appears he
took the vehicle to retrieve his Bible from home.

Family members say Silfrain had been agitated for days before
attending the funeral. Relatives say they called Hallandale Beach
police for help Tuesday night, but the officers said Silfrain
didn't pose an immediate danger.

Authorities have charged Silfrain with aggravated assault on a
law enforcement officer and grand theft auto.
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Information from: South Florida Sun Sentinel, http://www.sun
sentinel.com

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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