CSI: Las Vegas
updated 04/05/2004 AT 01:00 AM EDT
•originally published 04/05/2004 AT 01:00 AM EDT
There was only one problem: The stranger wasn't the real McCoy, or even close. He was, it turned out, a real estate agent from Wisconsin named Mike Cholak.
Malsom, however, didn't know that and, heck-bent on his amateur sleuthing, began cruising the Vegas Strip in search of the man he had seen. By chance, he pulled into the parking lot of a Budget Suites hotel—and there before him sat a green Geo Metro, which he remembered was the car McCoy was supposedly driving. Astoundingly, the license plate checked out. "My heart skipped a beat," says Malsom, 60. This time police responded when he called, and McCoy, 28, a suspect in the series of 24 shootings that left one dead and unnerved the Columbus area, was soon in custody.
What will all his enterprise bring Malsom? The satisfaction of a job well done, gratitude from law enforcement—and maybe a share in the $60,000 reward for information leading to McCoy's capture. The day, sums up Malsom, was "almost paranormal."