James Pak is charged in the murders 19-year-old Derrick Thompson and 18-year-old Alivia Welch, who were renting out the apartment attached to Pak's home. Thompson's mother was also shot twice, but survived by pretending to be dead.
According to police, the shootings possibly occurred over a dispute about late rent and where the tenants parked their cars during a snowstorm:
Before the shootings, Biddeford police were called to Pak's home regarding a dispute between Pak and his tenants over their cars being parked in his driveway during the snowstorm, said state police spokesman Steve McCausland. Biddeford banned street parking during the night so city crews could plow the streets.Pak faces two counts of murder. He appeared in court this week, but reportedly did not enter a plea. More here: James Pak, Maine landlord charged in deaths of two teen tenants, enters no plea.
Minutes after officers left the home, they received the call reporting the shootings. Upon their return, Biddeford police rescued Johnson and her young son, and Pak retreated to his part of the house, where he lived with his wife, McCausland said.
Pak's wife left the home, and he surrendered hours later after talking to police negotiators, said McCausland. A gun was found in the house.