Every day, one of our five offices gets a call from a parent who wants us to help them with their troubled teenager that has behavioral issues or problems or with drugs and alcohol. The parents are at their wit’s end and simply don’t know what do to. Fortunately, we do.
I have lectured about this subject, and I’ve written extensively about it. And just when I thought I’d heard it all, up pops 18 year-old Nicholas M. Fuhst with a hair-brained idea for his local Hooters.
Fuhst recently entered a Hooters in Kochville Township, Michigan and announced he was an “undercover cop.” This is funny to me, because he clearly doesn’t the concept of “undercover”. Having worked as an undercover Drug Enforcement Administration agent for many years, I don’t recall ever announcing to the bad guys that I was working undercover.
Having worked as an undercover DEA agent for many years, I don’t recall ever announcing to the bad guys that I was working undercover.
Fuhst advised that he wanted to see the paperwork on all the people (girls) who worked at this establishment. He wasn’t satisfied with the list but pressed onward asking for detailed information on the female employees.
One of the girls, noting his odd behavior and request, called in the local police. It got worse from there.
“He indicated that he went to Hooters because he wanted to talk to the girls to see if they would be friends on Facebook,” said Chief Assistant Prosecutor Christopher Boyd. Poor Fuhst had little to no experience with social skills and women.
When police arrived to interview and subsequently arrest Fuhst, they found zip ties, lighter fluid, three knives and a list of employees at that Hooters. Eerily, some of the names on the list were circled.
It turns out Fuhst was serving 2 years of probation for unrelated crimes of arson, malicious destruction of property and assorted felonies. Additionally, the offense of impersonating a police officer makes Nicholas a third-time habitual offender and is punishable by a maximum of 4 years in prison. As a third-timer, he could see his sentenced doubled to eight years. The judge may have no discretion in the sentencing, scheduled for September 8, 2016, as the sentence is mandated by state guidelines.
Even after hundreds of teenage cases and rescues, I always am drawn back to a familiar question: How do people go from newborns to inmates?
Most teenagers are redeemable if someone acts in their best interest early on in their development.
There is always the excuse that Faust had the wrong parents, but that dog rarely hunts with me. Were there drug or alcohol problems? Could his DNA be flawed? Did his parents observe his odd behavior or mannerism and turn a deaf ear? You have to admit, it does take a lot of effort to get 8 years in prison by the time you are 18.
If there is someone in your daily life who could benefit spiritually, academically, physically, mentally or professionally from an intervention, please don’t wait to take action. There are many resources (including a few well-placed private investigators around the U.S.) who can provide you with some guidance.
I firmly believe that most teenagers are redeemable if someone acts in their best interest early on in their development. If you need help or guidance, contact us via our toll-free number below for a no-fee consultation.