Man wanted for murders in Canada, New York arrested in Brownsville
at Mexican border; Dallas police again warn of dangers of cruising
In the wake of the recent arrest in Texas of a suspect in the deaths of two gay men, local authorities warned of the dangers of cruising for sex.
Glen Douglas Race, 26, was arrested Tuesday, May 15, when he tried to cross the Mexican border near Brownsville, according to the Associated Press.
Race, who reportedly traveled through Houston on his way to the border, is charged with the murders of two men whose bodies were found near popular gay cruising areas in Nova Scotia, Canada.
Oak Lawn interactive community police officer Keith Allen said the Dallas Police Department’s vice squad frequently conducts operations in area parks and other places known for cruising. The Nova Scotia murders go to show, however, that the consequences of cruising can be far worse than jail.
“It leads to the potential for somebody to be robbed, or somebody to be assaulted or, worst-case scenario, someone to be killed,” Allen said. “As kids, our parents taught us beware of strangers, and that’s as true when you’re an adult as it is when you’re a child.”
Race, who is also wanted in a New York state murder, was denied bond in Brownsville on Monday, March 21, according to AP. He reportedly refused to open his eyes or speak during two separate court appearances. Authorities in New York and Canada are seeking Race’s extradition.
Race was arrested after he wrestled with a Border Patrol agent, reports say. The agent was trying to take Race’s .44-caliber rifle, which later was traced to a murder scene at a hunting camp in the Canadian border town of Mooers, N.Y.
New York State Police say Race is a suspect in the shooting of Darcy Manor, a 35-year-old married father of two who died May 10 from a gunshot wound. Manor was a caretaker at the camp.
Police found Manor’s 1992 Ford pickup in Houston late Tuesday, May 15. The truck had been missing since Manor’s May 11 disappearance.
Police say Race traveled from Halifax to the New York-Canadian border in Brewster’s car.
Brewster’s body was found May 9 under a boardwalk in a Halifax industrial park known for cruising, according to Gay.com. Knott’s body was found three days later in a wooded area known for cruising 50 miles southeast of Halifax.
The murders shocked Nova Scotia’s gay community and prompted authorities there to increase patrols and issue a public warning about visiting cruising areas.
This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition, May 25, 2007.