Archive for the ‘street robbery’ Category

Lake City, Florida Robber Dies

August 19, 2009

Lake City, Florida

From the August 18, 2009 Gainesville (Fla.) Sun:

A Hollywood, Fla., man, who died over the weekend after he was shot earlier in the week, apparently had been trying to rob another man when he was fatally injured, Lake City police reported.

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Lenoris Owens, 27, was found semiconscious and bleeding shortly before 10 p.m. on Aug. 12 near the intersection of Congress and Saint Clair streets, according to the Lake City Police Department. He died Saturday. Police described Owens’ injuries as a gunshot wound to the head.

Investigators now believe Owens was trying to rob a Lake City man when he was wounded. The two had struggled over the weapon when the other man, Oteger Greene, 24, got the gun and fired twice, hitting Owens once, according to officers.

Initially, police identified Greene as a person of interest in the case.

But officers now think Greene was trying to protect himself, Capt. Rudolph Davis said.

“The evidence points that he was defending himself,” he said.

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Milwaukee Robber Shoots Accomplice in Gunfight

August 15, 2009

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

From the August 14, 2009 Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel:

A 17-year-old killed Thursday by a man he was trying to rob had been ordered to stay out of trouble in March after he pleaded guilty to taking a woman’s car on a joy ride.

Kevin Ollie, also known as Devin, was supposed to participate in a substance abuse treatment program, stay in school or hold down a job and perform 20 hours of community service, according to a deferred prosecution agreement he signed March 23.

Less than a month later, Ollie tested positive for THC, according to a July 11 letter from a juvenile justice program that was monitoring him.

On Friday, the Milwaukee Police Department Sgt. Mark Stanmeyer identified Ollie as the teen killed early Thursday as he and a 19-year-old associate tried to rob a man in the 2600 block of N. 1st St.

The deceased teen shot his accomplice during the robbery attempt, according to police.

The district attorney’s office is reviewing the shooting to determine whether charges will be brought against the target of the robbery, Police Department spokeswoman Anne E. Schwartz said.

When the suspects confronted a 22-year-old man on the street he pulled out his own gun and shot the younger teen, Stanmeyer said. Somehow, the older teen was shot and suffered a non-life threatening injury, Stanmeyer said.

Three Houston Teens Attempt Robbery, One Killed

August 15, 2009

Houston, Texas

From July 31, 2009 KTRK channel 13:

A vendor says three teens approached him and attacked while he was working. That’s when he says he pulled out a gun and fired, killing one of the suspects.

The confrontation started about 11pm on MLK near Reed Road. Authorities tell us the vendor was parked at a gas station as he was delivering snack products to the store. Police say he was inside the store and when he walked back out, he was approached by three teenage boys who demanded the snack products.

When the vendor refused, authorities say the teens, all three of them, began to assault the vendor by punching, kicking and hitting him. During the assault, the vendor was able to defend himself.

“The individual is a concealed handgun license carrier, was armed at the time, retrieved a weapon and subsequently shot and killed an individual here on the scene,” said Officer Brian Evans with the Houston Police Department.

South Carolina: Man Shot Intruder, Turned Out To Be Neighbor

August 15, 2009

Lancaster County, South Carolina

From WSOC of August 14, 2009

Man Shot Intruder, Turned Out To Be Neighbor

Authorities said a homeowner shot and killed a teenager trying to rob him Friday morning. Turns out, that teenager lived right next door.

Lancaster County sheriff’s deputies said 18-year-old Jarkevious Ingram walked out of the woods on Culp Street late Thursday night with two other men. One was wearing a ski mask and two of them, including Ingram, had guns, deputies said.

Detectives said they approached 34-year-old Ed Patterson Jr. who was just getting home. According to deputies, the three men demanded Patterson’s wallet and his keys.

Patterson struggled for the gun and was shot twice, once in the stomach and once in the groin. He managed to wrestle the gun away and shoot Ingram, deputies said.

Ingram walked more than 100 yards down Culp Street and collapsed on Fahbian McCullough’s front porch.

“I looked out and he was lying on the porch, and there was blood everywhere,” McCullough said.

He said Ingram was his friend and was at his house nearly every day. He had heard gunshots, but didn’t know what was going on until he opened the door and found Ingram.

“I asked him what happened, and he said, ‘Be quiet.’ He wouldn’t tell me,” McCullough said.

Patterson was able to drive himself to Springs Memorial Hospital, and he was later flown to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte. Deputies said his injuries were not life- threatening.

Mikesheia Wade is Ingram’s cousin. She was at his side at the hospital when he died.

“I was there with him the whole time. I was holding his hand. He wasn’t doing too well,” Wade said. “I don’t think he did this. The truth is going to be different than what people think.”

Lancaster County sheriff’s deputies said they don’t yet know why it appears Ingram tried to rob his own neighbor. Cousins said the two families have lived next door to each other for more than a year.

Major David Belk said detectives are still investigating, and it’s not known if Patterson will face charges.

Deputies said they did recover the gun, a .38-caliber revolver that Patterson left in his sport utility vehicle when he drove to the hospital.

Tennessee: ‘Victims’ part of robbery try

August 14, 2009

Memphis, Tennessee

From the Commercial Appeal of August 11, 2009

‘Victims’ part of robbery try

A victim’s tale of robbery and murder unraveled when investigators learned that she’d participated in the stickup that backfired and turned deadly, police said Monday.

Ashley Brannon, 22, has been charged with facilitation of attempted aggravated robbery.

Brannon told police Thursday morning that a man forced his way into the back seat of her 2008 Dodge Avenger about 6:30 a.m. outside the Exxon at 4040 S. Third, pulling a gun and demanding money.

She told officers a friend in the passenger seat, Gregory Mitchell, 18, struggled with the robber, then was shot to death.

But another version of the homicide emerged during the investigation.

According to a police affidavit:

Brannon, boyfriend Calvin Jefferson, Mitchell, and another man, Edgar Smith, 24, spent the early morning hours Thursday gambling, and Smith was seen with “a large amount of money.”

Brannon later drove Mitchell and Smith to the Exxon, ostensibly to get money Brannon’s boyfriend owed Smith.

Brannon went inside the Exxon, then came out holding money she’d pretended to withdraw from the ATM. Mitchell then pulled a gun and turned to rob Smith, who was sitting in the rear seat.

But Smith pulled his own gun and shot Mitchell.

Brannon then drove south on Third, stopping briefly after Smith, who was trapped in the back seat by the child safety locks, told her to let him out.

He ran away.

Brannon then turned west on Raines and drove to Westmont, about a mile and a half from the Exxon, where she stopped the car and called Jefferson, who came to the scene. Jefferson has not been charged in the case.

Brannon then called 911.

Mitchell died on Westmont from his gunshot wounds.

Monday afternoon, stuffed animals and a bright red poster bearing hand-written “RIP” notes for Mitchell were affixed to a nearby power pole.

The shooting has been ruled self-defense, said Memphis Police Department spokeswoman Karen Rudolph. No one else has been charged, although the investigation is continuing, she said.

Brannon, who was being held on $40,000 bond, made an initial court appearance Monday morning.

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North Carolina: Duke student shot during struggle with would-be robber

August 14, 2009

Durham, North Carolina

From WRAL of August 9, 2009

Duke student shot during struggle with would-be robber

A Duke student struggled with a man who tried to rob him, resulting in gunfire that wounded him and possibly the would-be robber, Durham police said.

The student and a woman were walking in the 500 block of Watts Street shortly before midnight Saturday when a man armed with a gun approached them from behind, police said. He ordered the pair to put their hands on their heads and started to search them.

A struggle ensued over the gun, and two shots were fired, police said. The student was shot in the abdomen, and the attempted robber fled.

“I was pretty sure that it was shots, not firecrackers. … It was like right here, and the woman, she was screaming her guts out,” said Anita Akella, a Duke graduate student who lives nearby.

The victim, whose identity hasn’t been released, was treated at a nearby hospital. The woman was uninjured.

The gunman was limping when he fled and might have been shot, police said. He was described as black, approximately 40 years old, 5 feet 11 inches tall, with a stocky build. He has bulging eyes. He wore a gray shirt and dark jeans.

The shooting happened one block from Duke’s East Campus, where first-year students are to move in next week.

Graduate student Melanie Oberman said the shooting happened outside the apartment she recently rented.

“I definitely don’t feel comfortable living in the house until I have security put in,” she said. “I had no idea that something could happen right outside my door like that.”

Residents said Trinity Park neighborhood has long been a safe area.

“It makes me very sad, more than it does fearful,” homeowner Sally Spears said. “But the world we live in now has turned into the situation that it is.”

Anyone with any information about the shooting should call Crime Stoppers at 919-683-1200. Crime Stoppers pays cash rewards for information leading to arrests in felony cases, and callers never have to identify themselves.

Georgia: Lithonia schoolteacher exchanges gunfire with carjackers

August 13, 2009

Dekalb County, Georgia

From the Atlanta Journal-Constitution of August 3, 2009

Lithonia schoolteacher exchanges gunfire with carjackers

A DeKalb County schoolteacher carjacked early Sunday scored a measure of revenge against his attackers — thanks in part to their poor sense of direction.

Derek Harper, 47, had just returned to his Lithonia home around 1:15 a.m. when two unidentified gunmen surprised him from behind, forcing the Evansdale Elementary teacher out of his car and onto the ground, demanding money.

“After they figured out I didn’t have any cash on me they got into my van,” he said. His narrow garage helped Harper sneak away.

“One of them was having trouble getting into the passenger’s side, so while he was doing that I took off,” said Harper, also the assistant track coach at Stephenson High.

As he ran the gunmen started firing, striking Harper once in the arm before speeding off in his van, heading directly toward a dead end on Phillips Place.

Knowing they’d be forced to turn around, Harper ran inside and grabbed his .380 pistol.

“I was waiting for them,” he said. Harper estimates he fired two to three bullets, which might have contributed to the driver crashing the van less than a block away. A small amount of blood was found inside the vehicle.

“It’s badly damaged,” said Harper, who was to have returned to work Monday following the summer break. He’s home recovering instead.

His neighborhood is “fairly quiet,” he said. “Everyone sticks together.”

While some high-profile carjackings have captured headlines in the city of Atlanta, DeKalb Police spokeswoman Mekka Parish said she has not heard of any in her jurisdiction for several months.

Regardless, Harper said he was surprised to end up a victim.

“I drive a minivan,” he said. “It’s nothing special.”

An arrest was made in the case late Monday morning. Parish said the name is being withheld due to the ongoing investigation.

California: Would-be Walnut Creek armored truck robber flees after guard pulls gun

August 13, 2009

Walnut Creek, California

From the Contra Costa Times of August 11, 2009

Would-be Walnut Creek armored truck robber flees after guard pulls gun

A man tried to rob an armored truck security guard Tuesday morning before running away, police said.

The robbery attempt took place as the armored truck was parked near the intersection of South California Boulevard and Botelho Drive. The story was first reported by the blog Claycord.com, which obtained its information from a police radio broadcast.

At 10:30 a.m., the truck was parked as the guard was making a money pick-up at a business, Lt. Tim Barrett said. A man approached the guard and demanded he give him money. Instead, the guard went to pull out a firearm, and the would-be robber got into a white Dodge Caravan and drove away.

He did not appear to be armed, Barrett said. Police did not have a detailed description of him.

Florida: Would-Be Robber Shot and Killed

July 29, 2009

Orange County, Florida

From WFTV of July 25, 2009

Would-Be Robber Shot and Killed

Orange County Sheriff’s deputies say a robbery victim turned the tables on two robbery suspects.

“I was in my bedroom sleeping and all of a sudden I heard a pow, pow, pow,” said eyewitness Barry Quintin.

Deputies say Miguel Jimenez was walking into his apartment at Villa Tuscany near Ocoee when 18-year-old Andri Benjamin ran up, put a gun in his face and tried to rob him.

But Jimenez was carrying a loaded revolver and a concealed weapons permit to go along with it.

He pulled his gun out and shot Benjamin several times, killing him.

Neighbor Barry Quintin says his roommate opened their front door moments after the shooting.

“We saw the person laying down on the ground and I was like shut the damn door, and he’s like, he’s bleeding, and I’m like shut the door and call 911,” said Quintin.

Deputies rushed to the scene while Jimenez was holding the second suspect at gunpoint.

Now there are questions about the safety at the apartment complex.

“Villa Tuscany has to beef up their security because we don’t have any security here. The only security we have is the gates up front and obviously that’s not good enough, said resident Harvey Vives.

Quintin says he understands his neighbor was just protecting himself.

But he wishes it didn’t have to come to such a violent and deadly ending.

“It’s just a little too much.”

Florida: Brinks security guard fatally shot a would-be robber in Miami, witnesses say

July 26, 2009

Miami, Florida

From the Florida Sun Sentinel of July 25, 2009

Brinks security guard fatally shot a would-be robber in Miami, witnesses say

A Brinks security guard shot and killed a would-be robber who attacked him while he was making a routine stop at a South Miami-Dade health clinic Friday, according to witnesses.

After the 2 p.m. shooting outside the Doris Ison Health Center, 10300 SW 216th St., Miami-Dade police arrested two other suspects after a search of surrounding neighborhoods.

Miami-Dade police have not identified the dead man. Those arrested also were not identified.

“According to investigators, shots were fired when three subjects, armed with firearms, attempted to rob an armored truck crew making a pick up or delivery at the health center located at 10300 SW 216th Street,” a Miami-Dade police statement said late Friday.

One employee of the health center, who did not want to be identified, told The Miami Herald that the shooting took place after the apparent robber attacked the Brinks security guard. The guard, said the witness, then shot the man outside the health center, which remained under lockdown for hours as police officers swarmed the area in search of the other suspects.

Miami Herald news partner WFOR-CBS 4 reported that police found the other suspects less than a mile away at the Cutler Creek Town Homes.

They reported that police officers went house to house and then surrounded one home.

Much of the area surrounding the health clinic and the neighborhood near the townhomes was swarming with police officers following the shooting.

La Petite Academy, a day care center on 216th Street in Cutler Bay, was placed on lockdown for hours, with parents not allowed to pick up their children, the station reported.