U.S. Marshal David Gonzales Discusses Jared Loughner's Behavior in Custody; Describes "Paranoid Headlights" Stare

Getting any information about how Jared Loughner, the 22-year-old suspect in Saturday's deadly shooting rampage in Tucson, has been acting since he's been in custody has not been easy (trust us, we've tried...and tried). However, the Daily Beast caught up with U.S. Marshal David Gonzales who described Loughner as often staring at walls with a "paranoid" smirk on his face.

Gonzales told the Web site, "He doesn't say much, he just sits in his cell with a smirk on his face, nothing else."

Check out Gonzales' description of Loughner's bizarre behavior since he's been in custody below.

The Daily Beast: Have you seen Loughner, where is he now?

Gonzales: We have him now. I was with him Tuesday. He doesn't say much, he just sits in his cell with a smirk on his face, nothing else.

That same smile from his mugshot?

Not a smile, just a smirk. When I saw him he was in the temporary cell, just before his arraignment. It's a 6' by 6' holding cell. He refuses to talk with deputy marshals, just 'yes' or 'no,' or 'OK,' just one-syllable answers. It's almost like nobody is worthy of him speaking to anybody. I saw him at about 1:45, I went to the temporary cell block outside the courtroom to escort him in with other deputy Marshals.

Did you ask him anything?

No, there's no reason or need for that.

How was he behaving?

He has this sort of "paranoid headlights" stare, I was talking to a psychologist friend of mine and that seems like the right term for what I saw. He just sat there, elbows resting on his knees, staring straight ahead and smirking. I saw him do that for about 15 minutes straight, just looking at the wall. After the arraignment, he was taken back to the holding cell and transferred to an undisclosed location. [Some reports say Loughner has been transferred to the Federal Correctional Facility in Phoenix, FCI Phoenix.]

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