Friend Joanna Martino said: "This past weekend Melinda was trying to find out if anyone knew what hospital she can go to to get a scrip for pain pills." The arrests following an intense three-day manhunt
that had triggered terror on Long Island.
A witness to the arrest said: "They used a battering ram on the door and less than two minutes later they walked a young man out," Spano said. "He walked right by me. He was cuffed behind his back. He looked withdrawn, like a skull. He looked like death. He looked like there was nothing in him. He didn't say a word."