Friday, June 29, 2007

Florida: Subway Customer Shoots, Kills Robbery Suspect: "One man is dead and another in critical condition after the duo was shot by a customer while they were attempting to rob a Plantation Subway shop Wednesday night, police said. Police said 71-year-old John Lovell II used a licensed gun to shoot the alleged robbers at the Subway on North Pine Island Road and Sunrise Boulevard. According to investigators, two armed men entered the restaurant, pointing guns and demanding money. Lovell turned around and saw a gun pointed at his face. Plantation police said that's when he took the law into his own hands. "As the customer was being forced into the restroom at gunpoint, the customer, who was in fear for his life and legally armed, shot the robbery suspects," said Plantation Police Department spokesman Robert Rittig. Police said one of the suspects was fatally shot in the head. He was identified as 22-year-old Donicio Ricardo Arrindell. The other suspect, 21-year-old Fredrick Gerard Gadson, was shot in the chest and was able to run nearly 300 yards into a nearby Bank Atlantic parking lot while trying to escape, police said. Gadson was charged with armed robbery and murder. Police said Gadson got charged with murder because, even though he did not shoot Arrindell, someone was killed while Gadson was allegedly committing a felony. Lovell's neighbor Wendi Hill said she spoke with Lovell several times Thursday morning. "He said everything happened in less than four seconds," Hill said. She said it didn't surprise her at all that Lovell took action against the robbers. "He's a very smart guy," she said. "I mean, retired pilot, retired ex-Marine." Police said Lovell will not be charged with a crime."

Ohio Resident Fights Back, Shoots Burglary Suspects: "Police are trying to determine the events that led up to an apparent home invasion and shooting on Thursday afternoon. According to neighbors, two armed men attempted to break into a home on Koebel Road at about 12:30 p.m. A short time later, neighbors said they heard gunshots, NBC 4 reported. Police said the resident was home alone when the alleged break-in occurred. According to police, the victim shot both suspects, striking one of them in the leg. The men fled the scene, but were later arrested and taken to Grant Medical Center in stable condition. Neighbors said the incident was the second attempted break-in at the man's home in less than a year. Police said the homeowner will not face charges because he was defending himself."

Tennessee man turns tables on teen burglar: "Sheriff's Investigator Julie Webb wishes every home invasion could have such positive results. "It worked out awesome," said Webb, the lead investigator on the case. It was a burglary where the occupants of a River Hills Drive residence awoke to find an armed burglar in their home, only to wrestle away his weapon, chase him from their home, and later identify him for the arrest. "We had wonderful victims that handled themselves as well as you could ask for," she said. At about 1 a.m., a male resident awoke at his usual time, but noticed that some things were out of place, Webb said. "He said it took him a minute to register," she said, but he quickly found a masked man with a rifle in a bedroom. The masked man, Craig Majors, 19, who gave a 211 Al Orta Drive address, pointed the rifle at him and "told him not to look at him, turn around, or he would kill him," Webb said. Majors then demanded money, to which the victim responded that they use debit cards and don't keep money in the house. Majors decided to take the victim to a nearby ATM to withdraw his money. Still holding the gun at the victim's back, Majors led him to the garage where he found some bungee cord to tie him up with. As he tied him up, Majors held the gun under his arm, which turned out to be a mistake. "(The victim) said to me he realized that was his opportunity," Webb said. "He turned around and jumped on this man, and the fight was on." The victim, who is in his 50's, yelled as he fought Majors, and his wife awoke to find them fighting in the garage. She then struck the burglar in the side of the head. The male victim was able to get an upper hand in the fight, Webb said, as the gun lay on the ground. Majors then got on top of the victim, but the victim was able to kick him off and down a staircase. He then picked up the gun and attempted to fire it, but it didn't fire, so he started swinging the gun at Majors who ran, Webb said."

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