It was Christmas, but some California teens were in more of a taking spirit than a giving one. Two juveniles, masked and armed, entered a liquor store in San Bernardino around 2 p.m. and demanded money. The two clerks behind the counter, fearing for their lives, pulled pistols from under the counter and shot at the suspects.
The robbers fled the store, hopped into a car and sped off. They were stopped by police a short distance away. One suspect had been shot multiple times and is expected to survive. All four juvenile suspects are being held on suspicion of armed robbery, and their names are being withheld pending further investigation.
Police believe that the teen robbers may have possible ties to other area crimes. The liquor store clerks, who were both legally permitted to carry, were unharmed.
Sick Homeowner Stops Crime Spree
A homeowner in Davidson County, N.C., who had stayed home from work due to illness, was awakened just after noon on Tuesday. According to Davidson County Sherriff David Grice, when the homeowner found three men—Cornelius Hardy, 24; Tavarus Rhynes, 22; and Maurice Williams, 27—in his home, he retrieved his firearm and shot at the men. He missed, but he did manage to get them out of his house. He chased them out onto the lawn and confronted them, but all three fled on foot into the woods near the house.
Police caught up with Hardy and Rhynes on U.S. Hwy. 52, and Williams was later found walking down an area road. All three were taken to Davidson County Jail and charged with felony breaking and entering in addition to other charges related to the incident. Davidson County law enforcement officials now suspect the three are also connected with several other robberies and home invasions in the area.
Off-Duty Houston Officer Stops Armed Robbers
An off-duty Houston police officer turned the table on two armed men who decided they wanted to take the personal firearms he was selling, rather than pay for them.
When the off-duty officer pulled up to a public park to meet with the buyers, the transaction soon turned into a gunfight. “[One robber] tells him, ‘Give me all you’ve got, or I’m going to kill you right here,’” Victor Senties, a Houston police spokesman, told local media.
According to police, the robber pulled the trigger, but his pistol jammed. After a brief gun battle, the robbers fled the scene, running through a nearby residential neighborhood. Houston police are investigating the incident.