Salt Lake City, UT - A robbery attempt went south after a store clerk with a crowbar tested the resolve of a perpetrator who claimed to have a gun. The wannabe robber was apprehended a short time later after a police chase by car and foot.
According to police, Michael Gagon walked into a Fresh Market gas station convenience store and demanded money after saying he had a gun in his belt. Police said, in response, the female clerk produced a crowbar and told Gagon, “You’d better be a good shot.”
With his planned robbery now presumably streaming down his leg in both liquid and… well… semi-liquid form, the suspect fled the scene in a vehicle he had reportedly carjacked from a Papa John’s delivery guy. With no other pressing business to attend to, the clerk made a note of Gagon’s vehicle and called police.
News reports said Gagon ended up on a dead end street with police in pursuit. Police said that he abandoned the vehicle and went into a residential area on foot.…Continue Reading
Hendersonville, SC – Surveillance video released by police shows Mostafa Hendi, 25, as he walks into a We Buy Gold store and attempts to rob the place. It is a good thing that it was captured on video… because that would be the last thing that Hendi would remember. The super-slow-motion replay should prove to be a nice touch for his later viewing, though.
“When he came through the door he told me had a gun and he even flashed it,” store employee Derek Mothershead recounted. “He came through the door, said ‘Gimme the money. Gimme the money.’ I threw my hands up, said ‘take the money if you want it.’”
Mothershead said Hendi walked behind the counter and attempted to do just that.
“I got the money and he had the bag out and instead of putting it in the bag I stuck it out and said, ‘Just take it.’ So, when he reached out, I took a step in, I cocked back and preloaded and I hit him hard.”
With Hendi out cold on the floor, Mothershead was able to grab his weapon – a pellet gun.…Continue Reading
Winnepeg, Canada – Two Canadian men arrested for torturing a man in an effort to get his bank card PIN have pleaded guilty during jury selection. In doing so, Harvey Maytwayashing and James Beardy, both 48, will avoid trial. It may have been an interesting one.
Maytwayashing and Beardy were among six people arrested in January 2006. Crown attorney Brian Wilford said the 59-year-old victim had been drinking at a bar where he met Clara Dorion and her daughter Melanie Azure-Cook. Wilford said the man bought them drinks and gave them money for drugs and later accepted an invitation to Dorion’s home. When they arrived, the victim was grabbed by the women’s accomplices, stripped naked, and robbed of his bank card.
The man reportedly gave them a PIN number. The man’s attackers then attempted to use the bank card at a nearby gas station, only to find the man had given them a bogus PIN. They returned and, according to the court, the torture began.
It was reported that the attackers made repeated attempts to extract the money – and repeated attempts to extract the PIN.…Continue Reading
Melbourne, FL — Joseph Sikes, 19, is reported to have armed himself with a pair of brass knuckles and pedaled his bicycle to a Melbourne, Florida Best Bagels to rob it. Unfortunately for him, the female clerk had a pair of brass balls. Brass balls beat brass knuckes every time.
Police said Sikes walked into the bagel shop at about 7AM and told the clerk: “Let’s make this calm. If you don’t keep it calm, then we are going to have a real problem.”
As he reached into his waistband to imply he had a weapon, the clerk, Karen Roberts, reportedly replied, “You’re right. We are going to have a real problem.” She then reached over and picked up the phone and dialed 911.
According to the report, Sikes immediately ran from the shop and fled on his bicycle. He later abandoned the bicycle to cross a canal. He was then caught. Police say Sikes was carrying brass knuckles when he was apprehended.
Sikes is on probation for a prior burglary charge.…Continue Reading
Kent, WA – On December 17th, Gordon McWhirter woke up in the middle of the night after hearing a noise. In his robe and slippers he went to investigate and discovered someone was trying to steal the family’s 1995 Jeep Grand Cherokee. Another resident of the apartment complex called 911 and reported that a naked man was outside yelling. When police arrived they discovered McWhirter unconscious and naked, with only one slipper on. What happened to his bathrobe? Well, while McWhirter was in a coma for several weeks and suffering from broken bones, a cut spleen and serious injuries to his foot after being dragged, 21-year-old Harold Clayton Donald was home celebrating an early Christmas with his mother. Guess what this thoughtful guy did for an early Christmas present for the woman who gave birth to him… He gave her the victim’s bloody robe. It’s the thought that counts, right? The bathrobe was green and had a large cat image on the back, which made it easily identifiable by the victim’s wife.…Continue Reading
El Paso, TX - The security cameras were rolling as 44-year-old Noemi Duchene and her boyfriend(?), 45-year-old Luis Del Castillo, arrived in the parking lot at Estate & New Jewelry in El Paso Tuesday morning, Del Castillo pushing Duchene in a wheelchair. Duchene rises from her chair and slips a large garbage bag onto her upper body. Side note: Anytime I see a person rise from a wheelchair, my brain automatically screams, “HEALED!” In the attached video, it appears as if Duchene is fussin’ around with the bag a bit, quite possibly adding eye holes to the clever disguise. Armed with a 12″ kitchen knife, Duchene enters the jewelry store. Once inside, her demands are crystal clear – she wants everything! Store owner Linda Bradely was not amused…she wasn’t scared either. “It was kind of comical,” Bradley said. “You can’t be really terrified when somebody can’t really run and they have a bag on their head.” She grabbed her pink stun gun and gave chase. “We’re chasing each other around like keystone cops,” she said.…Continue Reading
Puyallup, Washington– On May 16, a couple of 12-year-old boys were sitting on a bench outside of a Safeway store, grubbin’ on some candy, when they were approached by 3 grown men. The men asked the two boys if they would perhaps part with some of the sugar-coated sweets. The boys obliged, and handed over a share of their delectable confectioneries. Sated, the older men walked away leaving the boys to continue with the snarfing of their bountiful banquet.
Perhaps the men were worried the youngsters would ruin their dinner with all of that yummy goodness, because they returned about 15-minutes later and demanded that the boys hand over all the candy. And all of the contents of their pockets. And their cell phones. This time, the men weren’t as nice. They threatened to beat up the youngsters and “break their jaws.”
Now, what kind of rat-bastard would steal candy from a couple of little kids? After the story was featured as Crimestoppers Crime of the Week, tips came in pointing the finger at 21-year-old Tommy James Kurtz and 22-year-old John David-Faddis.…Continue Reading
Eric ‘El Diablo’ Grimaldo’s bad-ass Myspace.
Bradenton, FL–Eric Grimaldo, 20, can really pull off the whole bad-boy look. He’s got the sneer, the tats, the grill, and pantyhose for his head. Scary lookin’ isn’t he? Don’t let that bad-ass look fool ya, he’s not here because he killed or maimed a child. He’s not here because he beat up his wife/girlfriend/mistress/pet. He’s here because he failed. In his failure, I found humor. You see, Grimaldo tried to rob a 58-year-old ice cream man. He got away with nothing…not even a popsicle.…Continue Reading
Charleston, WV – Paul E. Parrish II, 43, was hungry last Monday.Â He also thought it would be a good idea to make some extra cash, maybe catch a movie.Â Unfortunately for Paul, the best laid plans of an epic failure often hinge on a Jell-O box.Â Â Hint for future copycats:Â Jell-O boxes do not look like bombs.Â Nobody will take you seriously.Â Not even the clerk at the Movie Gallery. …Continue Reading