Archive for March, 2007

March 31, 2007

Axton, Virginia

From the Roanoke Times of March 31, 2007

Police: Man in N.C. hospital after being shot

An Axton man is in fair condition at a North Carolina hospital after he was shot Thursday night, an official said.

Herbert Howard Cline, 23, suffered a gunshot wound to his back following a dispute in Axton, said Lt. Kimmy Nester of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office.

Cline was taken to Memorial Hospital of Martinsville and Henry County and then was transferred to Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, N.C.

Investigators have talked with a person who admitted to firing shots in self-defense after seeing Cline pull a weapon, Nester said. That person has not been charged because authorities are still investigating the shooting.

March 31, 2007

Vista, California

From NBCSanDiego.com of March 30, 2007

Clerks With Machete, Handgun Can’t Stop Robbers With AK-47

Two men, one armed with an AK-47 assault rifle, robbed a Vista market but not before taking on two clerks, one of them armed with a machete.

Sheriff’s deputies said the suspects walked into the El Leno Market on South Santa Fe Avenue on Thursday night. One jumped over the counter and grabbed a bag with money in it.

Meanwhile, a clerk pulled out a machete, and another employee took out a handgun and fired a shot into the ceiling.

The robbers were able to get away with about $3,500, police said, and no one was hurt.

March 31, 2007

Cleveland, Ohio

From March 30, 2007 WKYC channel 3:

A suspect attempted to rob someone.

The “victim” turned the tables, snatched the gun from the suspect and shot the suspect.

An off-duty officer came upon the scene, was able to disarm the robbery victim who had the gun. Then the off-duty commandeered a vehicle and chased down the initial robbery suspect.

March 31, 2007

Arlington, Texas

From March 30, 2007 Fort Worth Star-Telegram:

FORT WORTH — In December, Darrell Roberson fatally shot a man outside his Arlington home after finding the man and his wife in a compromising position inside a pickup.

But Roberson is no longer in trouble with the law.

His wife, Tracy Denise Roberson, is now the one facing criminal prosecution in connection with the killing.

On Wednesday, a Tarrant County grand jury declined to indict Darrell Roberson, 38, on a murder charge in the death of 32-year-old Devin LaSalle.

Instead, the panel on Thursday returned an indictment against Tracy Roberson on a charge of manslaughter, stemming from allegations that she recklessly caused LaSalle’s death by falsely claiming that she was being raped, prompting her husband to shoot LaSalle.

Tracy Roberson, 35, was also indicted on a charge of making a false report to a police officer on accusations that she also lied to Arlington police, telling them she was being raped when, officials said, she had actually been having an affair with LaSalle. A warrant for her arrest was issued Thursday.

March 31, 2007

Hobbs, New Mexico

From KAMC of March 30, 2007

Elderly Hobbs Man Shoots Intruder

Hobbs police say they rarely hear of burglaries when people are home and it`s even rarer for a victim to fire shots.

Residents of Hobbs say Jerald Hanson has been around the town forever. He’s a guy you can see riding around town on his motorcycle who never puts up with much from anybody. He’s known by most as Pac Rat but ever since early Friday morning he’s been known for a lot more.

“Lying in bed, heard some funny noises you know? And this guy was in my house. He had a knife and he says give me all your money or I`ll kill you! That`s where he made a mistake, he started counting it. It just gave me enough time to go under my pillow and get my gun. I shot at him.”

That’s the account from Hanson after police say 36 year old Rodney Rudy broke into his home around 3:30 Friday morning.

“Here we have an instance where a gentleman is 76-years old and you have a suspect that`s 36-years old in a lot better shape, a lot younger, obviously standing over with a knife, surprising someone that was asleep. So it`s a situation that doesn`t happen often” says Captain Donnie Graham with the Hobbs Police Department.

Hanson fired two shots at the suspect, one of those hit Rudy in the left abdomen and back area. He then ran to a nearby home. Police found him and took him to Lea Regional Hospital. He was later taken to University Medical Center in Lubbock where he remains in stable condition. Police say when he recovers he could face some serious charges including robbery or aggravated burglary. Both are second degree felonies.

Hobbs police say New Mexico citizens are allowed to take reasonable and necessary steps to protect themselves or their property and they will investigate what happened at Hanson’s house.

March 31, 2007

Mobile, Alabama

From the Mobile Press-Register of March 30, 2007

Armed woman holds suspected burglar

A mother who had just dropped off her daughters at school Wednesday morning held a suspected robber at gunpoint after she returned home to find him in her south Mobile driveway, Mobile police said.

Lelia Richardson left her Parkway Drive home at about 7 a.m. to take her two daughters to school, police spokesman Officer Eric Gallichant said Thursday.

When she returned about 50 minutes later, she saw an unfamiliar car under her carport and the door to her home open. The door frame was busted and splintered from where someone had apparently kicked it in, Richardson said.

“That’s when I knew exactly what was going on,” Richardson said. “I called 911 before I got out of the car and then I got my pistol … just in case he tried to do something to me.”

Richardson pulled into her driveway and blocked in the unknown car and a man she had “never seen before in my life” walked out of her home, she said.

“I saw him coming out of the house, and he walked up toward me to see who I was and that’s when it all happened,” Richardson said.

Richardson asked the man who he was, and he told her that he lived there, she said.

“I said, ‘Not unless you moved in during the last hour,'” Richardson said.

The woman drew her pistol — “I always carry it for protection,” she said — and told the man not to move until police arrived.

“He told me, ‘Please don’t shoot,’ and he said he was going to put everything he took back in (the house),” Richardson said. “And he did. He put it all back in my den.”

Richardson kept her weapon drawn while the man returned her things, she said, and kept her pistol on him until officers arrived and arrested him.

“You just have to be prepared for anything,” she said. “I like to make sure if anything happens that I’m able to protect me and my kids.”

Richardson said that through the whole ordeal, she was never once scared for her life.

“Because I knew if he came to me, I was going to shoot him,” she said. “I didn’t want to hurt him. I didn’t want to shoot him, but I didn’t want him to do anything to me.”

Investigators found some stolen property from inside Richardson’s home and a small amount of marijuana in the man’s car, Gallichant said.

Jedadhai Powell, 20, of Mobile, was charged with third-degree burglary and second-degree marijuana possession, Gallichant said.

Powell was being held Thursday at Mobile County Metro Jail in lieu of $3,500 bail, the jail log showed.

March 30, 2007

Memphis, Tennessee

From Memphis’ WMCtv.com of March 29, 2007

Attacker strikes same place twice, but runs out of luck

A man who stopped a kidnapping and the woman he saved are telling their stories.

Their stories begin with a tale of a man who came looking for his ex-girlfriend. He threatened her life and took her money. He got away with it once.

He was not so lucky the second time around.

Sharon Hamblin worked as a caregiver for 85-year-old Louise Hardin.

Last week, Hamblin’s past came back to haunt her.

“I came here to kill you but I changed my mind” were the words she remembered coming from her ex-boyfriend, Gary Stewart, who police say broke into the home through a bedroom window.

“He said give me all the money you got,” she recounted.

Stewart then forced her and Hardin into the car and made them drive to West Memphis so Hamblin could cash a check for nearly $300.

Stewart took the money and let the two of them go.

“Officer first on the scene told me it’s possible this man may come back,” said Louise Hardin’s son Kent. He came to live in the house to protect his mother and her caregiver.

Three days later, as the officer had warned, Gary Stewart was back after breaking the glass on this garage door.

“I woke up and looked out and saw the perpetrator with a knife to the caregivers throat,” said Kent Hardin.

That’s when Hardin grabbed his gun. Meanwhile, Hamblin was being forced to the car again.

“I was backing up and I saw Kent come out the back door,” she said.

“I ran out with the gun, opened up the car door and stuck it in his face,” added Kent Hardin.

“I put the car in gear and I jumped out of the car and got on the ground,” said Hamblin.

Kent Hardin added, “When he looked up and saw the gun he just kind of faded, melted.”

“He told Gary Stewart, get out of the car get out of the car!” said Hamblin.

“He just rolled out of the car and laid down here in the garage floor put his arms in front of him, his feet back and I held the gun on him.”

Hardin says five minutes later, the police arrived.

Stewart is charged with kidnapping, assault and burglary. He also faces robbery charges in West Memphis.

On top of that, he could face federal charges as well. His court date is set for April 13th.

Sharon Hamblin says her biggest mistake was telling Stewart where she worked. Hamblin is no longer working for the Hardin family.

March 30, 2007

Lawrence, Massachusetts

From the North Andover Eagle-Tribune of March 30, 2007

Vigilante cabbie cleared of attempted murder charge

A Lawrence cab driver, who took the law into his own hands and shot an alleged robber in the back, has been cleared of attempted murder charges.

Bienvenido Rodriguez shot the man with a semiautomatic handgun after being robbed at knifepoint on Parker Street in January.

Police disagreed with Rodriguez’s vigilante action and charged him with attempted murder.

But this week, the Essex County grand jury in Salem declined to indict Rodriguez, 36, of Camden Street, Methuen.

However, the same grand jury indicted the man who was shot.

Herman Irene, 36, of 25 Foster St., Lawrence, faces a charge of armed robbery, said Stephen O’Connell, spokesman for the Essex County district attorney’s office.

“There will be no prosecution of Mr. Rodriguez,” O’Connell said.

Yesterday, Lawrence police Chief John Romero said Rodriguez would have been facing less serious charges if he had pulled his gun while the robbery was being committed, instead of waiting until Irene was running away and no longer a threat.

Irene was running down Parker Street when Rodriguez drew his .40-caliber Smith &Wesson semiautomatic pistol and fired at him.

The bullet passed through Irene’s body narrowly missing his spine and major arteries.

He was taken to Lawrence General Hospital then airlifted to Brigham and Women’s Hospital were he underwent surgery.

Police charged Irene with armed robbery and assault with a dangerous weapon.

Rodriguez was charged with armed assault with intent to murder, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, and discharging a firearm within city limits.

Rodriguez told investigators immediately after the shooting that he did not deliberately try to hit Irene and only shot to scare him, police said.

Romero said yesterday he was not surprised the grand jury did not indict Rodriguez, but said it would be up to Methuen police Chief Joseph Solomon to decide whether to restore Rodriguez’s license to carry firearms. Methuen issued the gun license originally.

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In many states, this action by Rodriguez would probably be prosecuted.

March 30, 2007

Athens, Alabama

From the Decatur Daily of March 30, 2007

Burglary halted with a gun

Athens man captures suspect, accidentally shoots window of neighboring cleaners

After two nights of someone breaking into his downtown business and stealing antiques, Steve Bauer armed himself with a plastic cola bottle and a .44 Magnum and spent Wednesday night at his office.

Bauer’s son knew his father was staying the night at the office to protect his property.

“My son was leaving his girlfriend’s house about midnight and saw all the cop cars,” Bauer said. “He said he thought, ‘Daddy’s done shot somebody.’ ”

Bauer, 51, put the cola bottle at the back door so it would make a noise when opened. He laid on a cot in a room adjacent to his office, the gun within reach.

His office, Steve Bauer Properties, is a house on North Clinton Street across from Calvin’s Cleaners.

“I fell asleep sometime after 11,” he said. “I woke up when I heard the bottle fall. I could hear papers shuffling in my office.”

Bauer peeked into his office and saw a woman with a flashlight looking through his desk. He asked the woman what she was doing, and the woman called him by name and replied that she was looking for a house to rent.

Bauer buys, sells and rents property.

“I said, ‘Ma’am, it’s midnight, and you have a flashlight. I don’t believe so. I believe you need to lay down on the ground.'”

Bauer called Athens police. While he was on the phone, he heard someone outside. The woman’s boyfriend was in a pickup truck.

“I ordered him to get out and put his hands on the truck,” Bauer said. “I told him I had a gun and was on the phone with police, but he cranked the truck and took off.”

Trying to shoot at tires

Bauer shot at the truck’s back tires. A bullet ricocheted off the roadway and hit a window at Calvin’s Cleaners.

“I wish I hadn’t shot, but it was a spur-of-the-moment thing,” Bauer said. “I thought he was going to plumb get away.”
Bauer said police responded quickly.

“I’ve got to thank them for doing an outstanding job,” he said. “Floyd Johnson (lieutenant) was the investigator, and he did a good job. I want them all to know I’m thankful.”

An officer handcuffed the woman, who remained on the floor, while others searched for the pickup.

“A .44 Magnum’s a big gun,” Bauer said. “It probably looked like a cannon to her. I think it scared her into staying put.”

Capt. Marty Bruce said officer Jay Looney spotted the pickup at Beaty and Pryor streets and tried to stop the driver. The driver refused and drove to his home at 707 Frazier St.

Bruce identified the driver as 46-year-old Daniel Stubbs. Bruce identified Stubbs’ girlfriend as Daphne Watkins, 43, of 1205 Seventh Ave.

Police charged Stubbs with felony driving under the influence, possession of a controlled substance for allegedly having four Xanax pills, third-degree burglary, attempting to elude, driving with a suspended license and having an open container.

Stubbs is out of the Limestone County Jail on $8,000 bond.

Police charged Watkins with two counts of third-degree burglary. She is out of jail on $4,000 bond.

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March 30, 2007

Sevier County, Tennessee

From Sevierville’s The Mountain Press of March 30, 2007

Attempted home invasion probed

Sevier County sheriff’s deputies searched the area around East Madison Drive Wednesday after a homeowner allegedly fired a weapon at a person who threw a flower pot through the window of the home.

Sheriff Ron Seals confirmed that deputies were summoned to the area after the homeowner called to report the incident. The intruder allegedly fled in an SUV as the homeowner approached; it wasn’t clear if any shots struck the person or the vehicle.