“No, no, I didn’t do it! You’ve got the wrong guy!” He shook his head back and forth so hard that it looked like a blur.
“He must be really hopped up on something,” Detective Ron Hayden whispered to his partner, Detective Fred Morrisey.
Morrisey looked at the young man sitting across the table in the small interrogation room. “No one has accused you of anything,” Morrisey said. “Not yet, anyway. Maybe you were just at the wrong place at the wrong time, yeah? Just tell us what you were doing there and what you saw.”
“I didn’t see nothing. I didn’t see no one,” the guy shouted.
Hayden leaned over to Morrisey and whispered, “He was probably so stoned that he was oblivious to what was happening.”
“Don’t be a schmo, kid,” Morrisey said, looking back at the guy on the other side of the table. “Right now you’re just a prospective witness, but if you don’t cooperate, you could become a person of interest in this crime. So start talking.”
The guy started shaking his head vigorously again. “I didn’t see nothing. I didn’t see no one.”
Feeling temporarily defeated, Morrisey threw his hands up in the air. “Take this punk to the drunk tank,” he said to Hayden. “Maybe once he straightens up, we’ll get more out of him.”
Written for the Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie Photo Challenge. Photo credit: Adrian Swancar on Unsplash. Also for these daily prompts: Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (oblivious), Word of the Day Challenge (schmo), and The Daily Spur (defeated).