Knoxville, Tennessee

From the Knoxville News-Sentinel of April 12, 2007

Would-be robber makes 2 mistakes

Sometimes an apology’s just not good enough.

A would-be robber found that out the hard way today when he came back to say he was sorry after trying to rob a Northwest Knoxville store, authorities said.

“Within 10 minutes, he came back to apologize, and he was in custody,” Knoxville Police Department spokesman Darrell DeBusk said.

Police said the move was the second mistake of the day for William Jones, 33. The first came when he tried to rob the R&H Market, 1601 Beaumont Ave., with a toy gun just before 1 p.m., authorities said.

The owner, Nihad Saah, pulled a real pistol, and Jones ran, police said.

“I didn’t want to hurt him,” Saah said. “But I worked too hard for my money for somebody to just come in here and take it from me.”

Police still were searching the neighborhood for Jones when he came back to the store. Saah and some customers kept him there until officers arrested him.

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