Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Virginia robbery victim fights back with gun: "A robber got more than he bargained for Monday when he pressed a knife to a truck driver's throat and demanded cash at 28th Street and Chestnut Avenue. The driver gave him some money, then began fighting with the thief, police said. The driver eventually grabbed a gun from the truck and fired a shot into the air before demanding his money back, police said. The robber forked over the cash, then ran. Police were looking for a bald black man with a light complexion, about 5 feet, 8 inches, and 180 to 190 pounds. He appeared to be in his 40s. His dark-colored shirt was torn during the fight, and he was last seen running shirtless westbound on 28th Street. The truck driver suffered minor cuts to his fingers and throat, police said." Wow! They mentioned the race of the suspect!

Suspects in armed robbery have law enforcement ties: "The NBC 10 investigators uncovered new information about a fatal Philadelphia restaurant robbery caught on cell phone video. Both suspects are from families who work in law enforcement, NBC 10 reported. Authorities said two people tried to hold up Sunrise Breakfast Thursday morning, but the owner shot them before they got away. According to police sources, the man who was wounded and can be seen on the ground in cell phone video is the son of a Philadelphia police officer. Police identified him as 24-year-old Gary Williams. Investigators said Williams is one of two men who tried to rob the West Oak Lane restaurant at gunpoint. But during a gun battle the owner, Jason Lee, shot and wounded Williams. Also during the early morning robbery attempt, police said Lee shot and killed, 20-year-old Cornell Toombs. The NBC 10 investigators have learned that Toombs also has very close ties to law enforcement. Prison officials at the Curran Fromhold Correction Facility in Philadelphia, confirmed Toombs' mother works there as a corrections officer. Police said Toombs had jumped over the counter with his gun drawn when the owner shot and killed him. I referred to this story on 10th. It appears that two black guys unwisely took on a Korean sharp-shooter who has killed robbers before. A lot of Koreans are pretty tough guys

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