According to Sgt. Mays, when he and fellow officers entered the Taco Bell restaurant through the front doors, he immediately recognized Jake as being Ernie Abbott, with his hair dyed black-hair, and sporting a mustache and glasses.
Ranger McCoy remembered how peaceful and nonchalant Ernie looked while eating his burrito, as if he had no cares at all. “That just shows how callous the man really was,” he said.
Apparently, when Ernie saw the officers, he only said two words, “Oh shit.” When Sgt. Mays said, “Welcome back, Ernie Abbott, you’re under arrest.” Ernie just hung his head.
Ernie Abbott may have handled the arrest like a man, but Molly Abbott’s reaction was a little more dramatic. According to Ranger McCoy, she immediately jumped to her feet, screamed, and cursed at officers, so they arrested her also.
Janie recalled seeing the arrest on the local news stations. According to her, Ernie at least knew the jig was up, but not her big sister. Molly showered the officers with vulgarities and exited the restaurant kicking and screaming, surrounded by a chaotic scene of news cameras, and shocked on–lookers.