Chris Childs, director for Pat & Stu realized something shocking yesterday: he knew Navy Yard shooter Aaron Alexis. Childs had frequented the Ft. Worth, TX Thai restaurant where Alexis had worked, and had had many conversations with the suspected killer.
“Well, the first time we met obviously was at the restaurant, and I had gone in there with a couple of friends from my previous job before I started working at TheBlaze and we were big lovers of Thai food and we found this place and he was a waiter, a waiter kind of just hanging out,” Childs explained.
“How did he seem to you? Did he seem like a guy who would ever do something like this?” Pat asked.
“Absolutely not,” Childs responded.
Childs said that Alexis was very nice and pretty quiet, and that he was really into the video games Call of Duty and World of Warcraft.
“Did you ever have any sense at all that he was trouble at all,” Glenn asked.
“No, that’s the thing that floors me is he was not that type of person. He never seemed angry, he never seemed like he was bitter about anything and even when I was talking to one of my friends who was with the owner of the restaurant last night, he was saying they’re all just floored.”
Full Transcript below:
Last night I was on the show and the picture came on the screen of the guy who was the killer, and I did the show. And right after a couple of our employees came and said, “Glenn, we know this guy.” Now, Chris is the guy who’s known as the guy who wears the Hawaiian shirt at TheBlaze and Mercury studios.
PAT: And he wears it every day.
STU: It’s on his business card.
GLENN: No, he’s got different shirts and it’s not just that one Hawaiian shirt.
PAT: No, several.
GLENN: He’s got every Hawaiian shirt that has ever been made, I believe.
GLENN: And I’m not one to mock somebody’s sense of fashion, I just want you to know that.
STU: That’s just because you know we will mock you in return.
GLENN: Yes. So Chris comes up and he said, “I know this guy, know him quite well. He works at a Thai restaurant in Fort Worth that I go to.” Now, all of this has been verified, but this was 5:00 yesterday afternoon. Brought Chris in this morning. He’s actually the director of the Pat and Stu show. He’s the guy in the control room that makes all the calls, which, he hasn’t made the call, and I guess this might be mine, to cancel the show, but ‑‑
GLENN: But anyway, we wanted to bring Chris in and talk a little bit about, how did you meet him and who was he?
CHRIS: Well, the first time we met obviously was at the restaurant, and I had gone in there with a couple of friends from my previous job before I started working at TheBlaze and we were big lovers of Thai food and we found this place and he was a waiter, a waiter kind of just hanging out.
PAT: So you’d just, you would go in there and strike up a conversation with him when you went in to eat?
CHRIS: Yeah. Because you didn’t go to Happy Bowl for a quick lunch. I mean, it was a good solid hour and a half just because it was, you know ‑‑
GLENN: Well, it’s a happy bowl.
GLENN: It’s a happy bowl.
CHRIS: It’s a happy bowl.
GLENN: It implies happiness.
CHRIS: Yeah, happiness takes time.
GLENN: Yes, it does. Now, did you know, for instance, that he was a Buddhist?
CHRIS: No, I didn’t.
CHRIS: I mean, I know that he was living with the owner of the restaurant, Wi, and I know Wi was a Buddhist. So it doesn’t surprise me that ‑‑
GLENN: You and who else?
GLENN: You and who else?
STU: No, stop. Let him do the stupid story, please.
GLENN: No, come on. That’s ‑‑ you don’t get a guy named Wi very often.
STU: You do many times in certain areas of the world, yes, you do.
GLENN: Okay. All right. So ‑‑
CHRIS: I knew that ‑‑ you’re killing me, just killin’ me. Wi was a Buddhist and so it doesn’t ‑‑ like I said, it doesn’t surprise that ‑‑
GLENN: If we could just get ‑‑ if we could just get Hu into this story.
PAT: We’re done with the whole thing.
STU: See, we have plenty of opportunities to do the Hu joke and the Wi joke. Can we get the story from a guy who actually knew?
GLENN: I don’t ‑‑
STU: ‑‑ the murderer here? I mean, is that too much to ask?
PAT: So the obvious question then is, Chris, how did he seem to you? Did he seem like a guy who would ever do something like this?
CHRIS: Absolutely not. He’s that stereotypical ‑‑
CHRIS: ‑‑ quiet. He would ‑‑
PAT: Nice? Was he nice?
CHRIS: Oh, he was really friendly, really nice.
CHRIS: And just, you know, he would sit up at the ‑‑ sit up at the counter and take orders and just be as nice as could be. And he would ‑‑ you know, I do know that he taught himself the language of Thai, self‑taught, which was real easy since the owners were also from Thailand. So I’m sure he had lots of people to practice on.
STU: When he ‑‑ would you say, was there any conversations you have outside of, you know, pad Thai‑related conversations? Did you talk to him about what he did in his life, did you talk to him about ‑‑
GLENN: Because you said to me yesterday you knew that he was into the shooter video games.
CHRIS: Oh, yeah.
GLENN: You said he was really into them.
CHRIS: Really into them. When a new game would come out, there’s a couple of guys that I worked with that were also kinda sorta into shooter games but by the first new one would come out, he would know a lot about the game, like maps and that kind of stuff.
PAT: So you would talk to him about these video games?
PAT: Like Call of Duty or what?
PAT: Resident Evil?
CHRIS: Yeah. And I think he was a Warcraft guy too.
PAT: Now, were you the one, because somebody has said that he played these games up to 16 hours a day. Is that information coming from ‑‑
CHRIS: That didn’t come from me but it wouldn’t surprise me because I think basically all he did was work a little bit at the restaurant and then go home and ‑‑
GLENN: Did he seem like an angry guy?
CHRIS: No. No, that was the thing.
GLENN: Because they’re reporting today that he had problems with white people.
PAT: And anger management.
CHRIS: Yeah, I read that, but he didn’t show that towards us. I mean, we were a table full of white guys.
PAT: And clearly you’re as white as it gets.
PAT: I mean, nobody is whiter than you, Chris. Am I right?
CHRIS: That’s coming from you?
PAT: Yes. You’re even whiter than I am.
GLENN: Well, because of the Hawaiian shirt, I think.
PAT: Yes, I think the Hawaiian shirt really ‑‑
GLENN: Only because of wearing the Hawaiian shirt.
CHRIS: I am wearing pants today. So that is a good thing.
PAT: That is a good thing.
GLENN: I will tell you that I have been thinking about instituting a “You must wear pants” policy.
STU: We just had an adult on TV brag about wearing pants.
GLENN: Yeah. I know. We are really kind of ‑‑ you know, operating in television and operating in television in the South is a little different.
PAT: It is different.
GLENN: You’re like, I decided not to wear pants today. “Okay.”
STU: So how many times would you say you frequented this restaurant? It was a place you went a lot? I mean, did you get a lot of conversation?
GLENN: Yeah, how many times did you actually ‑‑
CHRIS: I probably went there, once we found the place, we went up there quite often, like once or twice a week.
GLENN: Is he a guy that if you would have walked on the street, he would have said, “Chris”?
CHRIS: Probably not. Because he was that ‑‑ I don’t think he was that kind of guy really. He wasn’t outgoing or anything. I mean, he’s literally real quiet. I would have been the one to say, “Hey, Aaron, how’s it going?” He would be like, “Oh, hey, dude.” You know, I mean, it was just, he was not very ‑‑
PAT: So you guys never, you never did anything with him outside of the restaurant?
STU: You weren’t in his wedding or anything?
GLENN: Did you ever have any sense at all that ‑‑
GLENN: ‑‑ he was trouble at all?
GLENN: Anybody walk away from that conversation and say…
PAT: That guy’s got some issues?
GLENN: That guy’s got some issues, man, there’s something about that guy?
CHRIS: No, that’s the thing that floors me is he was not that type of person. He never seemed angry, he never seemed like he was bitter about anything and even when I was talking to one of my friends who was with the owner of the restaurant last night, he was saying they’re all just floored.
STU: Oh, man. The interviews with the owner of the restaurant were heartbreaking because the guy seems to be a standup guy.
STU: And once a small business. He, you know, brought this guy into his home.
GLENN: He ‑‑ yeah, tried to help him.
STU: Tried to help him.
CHRIS: Aaron was the best man at his wedding last year.
GLENN: No, I think he was supposed to be and then he had to miss it, didn’t he? He went some ‑‑
CHRIS: I didn’t make the wedding, either, but I know he was supposed to be.
GLENN: Would you have ‑‑ you’re a good customer. If you would have been invited to the ‑‑
CHRIS: I would have gone, absolutely. Wi’s a good guy. It’s a really good family.
CHRIS: And it’s ‑‑ you guys.
STU: I don’t want to say us guys. It’s Glenn.
PAT: Yeah, it’s just Glenn.
STU: Just Glenn doing this today.
GLENN: So good. I mean, it’s just so good, all the way through I had Wi and Hu jokes the whole time.
STU: That was you exercising restraint.