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D.C. area crime watch: Speak softly and carry a big stick edition

December 30, 2010 - 01:13 PM
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TBD had so many questions after watching the video we’ve posted below. Was the store clerk seriously injured? How much money was taken from this Virginia store during the Tuesday morning robbery?

But mostly, we just wanted to know why the suspect’s weapon of choice was a giant stick.

Police say the suspect walked into the store shortly after it opened for business Tuesday. He was armed with a big stick, which he swung at a store clerk. The clerk, in turn, picked up a hammer to defend himself. A standoff ensued, hammer pointed at stick, neither side backing down, until the suspect jumped the counter and attacked.

The man grabbed cash and fled the store through a back door. Watch the video below. We know that crime is not funny. But, come on. Giant sticks sure are.

 

Your Thursday Blotter Blotter continues after the jump.

JACK JOHNSON DITCHES ANKLE BRACELET, LOOKING FOR NEW JOB

Former Prince George's County Executive Jack Johnson no longer has to wear an electronic monitoring bracelet, a judge has ordered.

According to a motion filed on Dec. 22 by Johnson’s attorney, Billy Martin, the monitoring bracelet made it difficult for Johnson to find a new job and meet with people outside his home.

The government didn’t oppose the motion and the judge approved it a day later, according to the court documents.

Johnson and his wife, Leslie, were arrested in November in connection to a two-year federal corruption probe.

The motion and judge’s order are posted below. The news was first reported by WTOP (we think).
Court Order-Johnson Case Johnson case-monitoring bracelet motion
DOGS REMOVED FROM MANASSAS HOUSE; ANIMAL CRUELTY INVESTIGATION UNDERWAY

Twenty-one dogs this week were removed from a Manassas home during an animal cruelty investigation, according to a news release.

Authorities say the dogs were living in filth in the house at 9529 Natural Bridge Court, where investigators found feces, acrid ammonia and trash.

The dogs were taken to an animal center and the owner has released some for adoption.

WOMAN CONVICTED IN 2008 DEATH OF DAUGHTER

A jury has convicted a 33-year-old Washington woman who told a police officer that she had killed her 7-year-old daughter and set her house on fire in 2008.

Carlese Hall was convicted of first-degree felony murder while armed and related charges, according to a news release. She is scheduled to be sentenced in March and faces life in prison.

Authorities said Hall told an Metropolitan Police Department officer on Dec. 26, 2008, that she had committed the crime, but then wouldn’t divulge the location of the house.

She eventually gave up her address and when authorities arrived in the 3300 block of 11th Place SE they found smoke coming from the home and a girl inside a bedroom.

An autopsy determined that Amari Hall had been stabbed in the pulmonary artery.

PEOPLE OF WASHINGTON: HIDE YOUR CARS!

More cars were stolen on New Years Day in 2009 than 10 other holidays tracked by the National Insurance Crime Bureau, reports WTOP.

There were 2,760 vehicles stolen on the first day of 2009, the bureau reports. Halloween, July 4 and Memorial Day follow New Year’s on the list.

The most popular model to steal in the District of Columbia was the 1997 Dodge Caravan. In Virginia and Maryland, thieves targeted Honda Accords the most in 2009, WTOP reported.

TODAY IN NON-COVERAGE AREA CRIME COVERAGE

• Police say two handheld video game systems were stolen from the casket of a 17-year-old.

(The Tribune Democrat)

• Man opens account in Florida bank. Man robs Florida bank. Man wanted to go back to prison, says man.

(Palm Beach Post)

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