Monday, April 23, 2012

PA: Store owner  shoots at would-be robbers:  "Three men who allegedly tried to rob a Allentown store owner at knifepoint didn't get far Sunday. The owner of Tommy's Mini-Mart at Sixth and Tilghman grabbed a gun and fired two shots at them, scaring them off. Speaking exclusively to 69 News, the store owner said he didn't want to use a weapon but felt he had no choice.  Just as Nahy Hadeed was closing for the day, he said three men walked in and demanded all his money, pushing his face into the counter and pressing a sharp object against his throat.  When Hadeed couldn't get the cash register open, he said one attacker became agitated, jumped the counter, and started punching him. That's when Hadeed grabbed his gun, hidden under the counter, and fired two shots. "I just don't want to hurt anyone or kill anyone, but once again the issue is, I just want them to flee the store," he said."

TX: Man tries to rob bar patrons:  "Beaumont police say the table is turned when patrons at Luke's Ice House on Calder fight back against a robber armed with a gun.  Police say 23-year-old Kenneth Ray Taylor [above] of Beaumont is now in the Jefferson County Jail on bonds totaling $100,000. Owen says he and his friend jumped into their truck and fled when Taylor began robbing another person. But when they looked back, Owen says he was robbing yet another victim.  Except this time the robber chose the wrong person to mess with.  "He knocked the gun out of the guys hand and picked it up and shot him," Owen said.  Officers say Taylor was shot in the calf. Taylor ran south after the robberies but police quickly found and arrested him."

NC: Drug dealer shoots at robbers, gets jailed: "Witnesses told investigators that two men stole $60 at knifepoint from a man outside a convenience store on U.S. Highway 421 in Lillington after arranging a drug deal with the man.  The robbers then fled the area in a vehicle.  The victim chased after the robbers and forced their vehicle off the road near the intersection of U.S. 421 and Seminole Road in Broadway.  The victim fired at least four shots at the robbers, wounding both of them.  The robbers called 911 to report they had been shot and deputies tracked down the gunman a few minutes later at the intersection of MacArthur and Mt. Pisgah Church Roads. Ryan Richard Rachelle, 23 of McDougald Road in Lillington, and Cody Joseph Rachelle, 20 of Dixie Farm Road in Sanford were each charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon and conspiracy to commit armed robbery.  They were detained in the Harnett County jail on a $75,000 bond each.  Kevin Felton Brown, 23 of Lillington, was charged with two counts of assault with a deadly weapon and one count of shooting into an occupied vehicle.  He is being held on a $100,000 bail."

Zimmerman released:  "In a low-key event, George Zimmerman was released from a Florida jail on $150,000 bail as he awaits his second-degree murder trial in the fatal shooting of unarmed teen Trayvon Martin. The neighborhood watch volunteer was wearing a brown jacket and blue jeans and carrying a paper bag as he walked out of the jail around midnight Sunday. He was following another man and didn't look over at photographers gathered outside. The two then got into a white BMW car and drove away.  His ultimate destination is being kept secret for his safety and it could be outside Florida.  Circuit Judge Kenneth Lester said at a hearing Friday that Zimmerman cannot have any guns and must observe a 7 p.m.-to-6 a.m. curfew. Zimmerman also surrendered his passport."

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