Sunday, October 07, 2007

New York: Deli clerk thwarts robbery: "A deli clerk is credited with averting a robbery in the City of Newburgh. City Police said on Friday morning, October 5 at about 6:15 a.m., a man walked into the Star Grocery at 111 William Street, walked behind the counter and pointed a shotgun at the clerk. The clerk grabbed the weapon, struggled with the would-be robber and pulled the shotgun away from him. The suspect fled with another employee chasing after him. The robber got away and the employees called the police. Police said that despite the heroism of the employees, they do not recommend that store clerks wrestle shotguns away from anyone committing a robbery. “This could have very easily been another homicide had the gun been loaded and gone off,” said Lt. Charles Broe, Sr."

Texas: 2 robbers die when guard fights back: "Two teens are dead following a botched robbery of a 20-year-old security guard who fought back early Thursday in southwest Dallas, police said. The dead are Detavias Davis, 17, and Sergio Vann, 19, according to the Dallas County medical examiner's office. The guard, Dedrick Howard, was using a laptop computer in his vehicle when he was approached by three young men, said Sgt. Ray Beaudreault, a homicide detective. They ordered him out of the vehicle, and one of the robbers, later identified as Vann, had a handgun, Beaudreault said. But Howard grabbed an semiautomatic SKS carbine and opened fire, killing Vann, Beaudreault said. Davis, Beaudreault added, tried to flee in white car, but Howard was worried the teen might also have a gun. "So, fearing for his life, (Howard) fired again and struck the driver,'' Beaudreault said. "(Davis) drove off, but because of his injuries, he wrecked." Davis was taken to the hospital from the crash scene on nearby U.S. 67, also called the Marvin D. Love Freeway, but he died later, Beaudreault said. The third robber, age 17, ran from the parking lot to the wrecked car and he tried to retrieve some personal property from the white car, but police arrested him, Beaudrealt said. Howard was not arrested, and the case will be referred to a grand jury to determine if he acted within the law, Beaudreault said. But, the detective added, Howard "was licensed and authorized to carry that weapon."

Ohio: Deputies Search For Couple In Attempted Home Invasion: "Deputies in Clark County said a homeowner is recovering after he was injured in a home invasion. The incident happened Wednesday night at a home on West National Road in Donnelsville. Deputies said the homeowner was injured by broken glass after he used a shotgun to shoot at someone who was breaking into his home. According to investigators, the suspect tried breaking into the home around 9 p.m. and broke glass while trying to do so. They said the suspect fled the scene when the homeowner opened fire."

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