Victim of Suspected "Honeybee" Killer Speaks Out

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    Gary Amaya (inset) is shown next to a police sketch of the "Honeybee Killer."

    Terror gripped her from the first to last moment she spent with the suspected "honeybee" killer.

    "He looked like Santa Claus to me and I didn't take him seriously at first, but he was crazy," said the woman who identified herself to the Chicago Sun-Times as Anderson. "I can't speculate if he killed other people, but it wouldn't surprise me."

    Gary Amaya, the suspected "honeybee" killer, walked up behind Anderson after she left a subway near 47th and Cicero Saturday morning.  Amaya stuck a gun in her face and told her to get in the truck, she said to the paper.

    Amaya, 48, drove to a desolate truck yard several blocks away while holding the gun to the woman's head, she said.

    The mother of two refused to let Amaya handcuff her. She left her purse and took off running as bullets chased her down.

    Anderson told the Sun-Times she hid, held her breath and prayed as Amaya drove closer in his light blue Chevrolet pickup truck looking for her. Amaya left, but his terror continued in south suburban Orland Park hours later.

    The Rankin man entered a tanning salon to rob it, but a customer wrestled the gun away from Amaya and killed him.

    That break led police to investigate whether Amaya was responsible for an Illinois-Indiana shooting spree where one man died and two others wounded.

    The gun from the robbery matched the one from the shootings and the light blue truck, according to law enforcement sources.

    Read the whole story in the Chicago Sun-Times.