Some 16 years after turning his stalker into a model citizen, John Schuchart stopped Macedo’s Open Night Bridgeport, created in his honor in the Connecticut fishing community last August.
Around 12:30 a.m. on Thursday, the 43-year-old businessman heard a car alarm going off in his driveway, so he shouted to the driver to stop.
“He turned around and said ‘Nope, no,’” Schuchart recalled. He then saw a man in the driver’s seat of the car, who he later said was Macedo. “I was right outside of him, and the guy didn’t know what I was doing.”
The man stepped out of the car, dropped something and spoke to the driver, according to Schuchart. The man, seemingly unaware of what he was doing, went off the road. Schuchart, who was asleep in his house nearby, hid in the garage to watch the story for a few minutes.
Then he opened the garage door and heard the driver approaching. “I can see the smiley face and I said ‘Mr. Schuchart, can you see this? This guy’s trying to kill me,’” he said.
Macedo, a test pilot and sailor, is the pilot of two identical twin boats designed to generate carbon dioxide for NASA. He likes to chat and laugh about his passing in the water. When Schuchart and the men he sleeps with, simply known as “the takglers,” strolled around to meet each other, they were pretty chatty. But Schuchart said that Macedo moved closer to him once he spotted an unfamiliar item: a hat.
The takglers put it on and Macedo walked toward it. Schuchart followed. “I want to make sure,” he said, “that I see it.” Macedo didn’t tell Schuchart what he was wearing. He didn’t even know the hat was fake.
Macedo got into the car, where he set it in reverse and made a tight turn that caused Schuchart to slam on his brakes. “At that point I did wonder if he was going to try to leave,” Schuchart said. “But he didn’t look at me, and he didn’t raise his eyebrows.”
Macedo returned to the man who had stopped his car. “He handed me the hat, said ‘Hey, John, I love you,’ and ran back to his car,” Schuchart said. “I couldn’t believe it.”
Macedo was a wreck — he did not eat since and had high blood pressure that day — and missed the event. He broke his right leg. Schuchart was warned of the consequences — the hat could be taken away from him, and he could face charges of perjury.
But Schuchart said that it wasn’t just a complete shock that inspired him to stop an activity that has a strong loyalty and affection for him, but it also felt a lot like freedom. “I had never stopped,” he said. “This is the first time.”