Sunday, October 25, 2009

NV: Vindictive police? "About 9:30 p.m. Thursday, police received a report that two residents at 3025 Red Bay Way, near Cheyenne Avenue and Buffalo Drive, had shot and killed a man trying to rob their house, said homicide Lt. Lew Roberts. Three or four possible accomplices of the dead man fled the scene, Roberts said, although the exact number of intruders has yet to be determined. When police arrived, they found one of the brothers outside smoking a cigarette. The other man was inside the home. After conducting an investigation, police determined that it probably wasn’t a random home invasion but an attempted robbery of drug dealers. “Based on what we had, we arrested the occupants,” Roberts said. “We’re still trying to track down the others involved.” Marijuana was the only drug found inside the house, he said, adding, “Sometimes that’s large enough” to incite violence. Police found the deceased suspect in the backyard of the house. Roberts said it’s too early in the investigation to determine exactly what happened during the robbery attempt, but enough evidence was available to make arrests." [This happened on 15th but no follow-up yet]

TX: Intruder shot in home invasion: "An intruder broke into a home on Oscar Smith Drive in San Marcos Wednesday night and came out of the adventure with several gunshot wounds from a resident of the home. San Marcos police are investigating. Police responded to a call of someone trying to break into a home in the 700 block of Oscar Smith Drive. Three residents were inside when a man forced his way into the home through a back door. The suspect was armed with a BB gun resembling a real pistol. One of the residents fired numerous shots from a handgun, striking the intruder. The man fled on foot. Shortly after the 9:50 p.m. incident, a man arrived at Central Texas Medical Center (CTMC) with several gunshot wounds. He received primary treatment at the CTMC Emergency Room and was transferred to the University Medical Center at Brackenridge in Austin. The man was reported to be in stable condition Thursday morning."

Gas Station Clerk Grabs Shotgun from Robber on Long Island: "A gas station attendant in Elmont, Long Island, took a shotgun away form two would-be robbers and chased after them. Just before midnight Wednesday, as gas station attendant Mustapha Yakupoglu was closing up the USA Gas Station in Elmont, two would-be robbers waltzed in, armed with a shotgun. They pointed the shotgun at Yakupoglu -- within 10 seconds he had disarmed them. He then chased after the two thugs, who ran away with a feet-don't-fail-me-now sprint. Yakupoglu, who served two years in the Turkish army in the 1980s, said he grabbed the gun because he figured even if he gave them money, they'd shoot him anyway. His quick-thinking heroics delight the gas station owners, who said Yakupoglu is a tough guy when he needs to be, but is really sweet at heart. The two suspects wore black, had their faces covered with black bandannas, and had Yankee baseball caps, police said. One is short, around 5'7", while the other is about half a foot taller. Police warn the public that you should never try to disarm an attacker unless you are sure he or she is about to shoot you." [And how are you going to be sure of that?]

NJ: Dumb and dumber: "Tracking down three alleged home invaders became easier for Paterson police after one of the bandits dropped the keys to their getaway car. Authorities say the gun-toting men entered a city apartment early Friday, expecting to find loads of money. They woke one man and demanded cash as they tried unsuccessfully to bind his arms. But the man began screaming and fought with one bandit, stabbing him with scissors before another suspect beat him with a shotgun. Realizing they targeted the wrong residence, the men then fled with just a three-foot, beer bottle-shaped piggy bank containing $2 in change. Police soon arrived and, after finding the lost keys in a bedroom, used the car alarm to locate a deserted vehicle in a nearby parking lot. Its registration led them to the alleged robbers, who were sitting in a taxi outside one suspect's home. The three men face robbery, burglary and weapons charges."

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