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(Bradenton Herald)   Man robs hotel guests at gunpoint, gets pepper sprayed, drops gun, flees. Returns moments later offering to buy gun back for $40. Gets pepper sprayed again   (bradenton.com ) divider line
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2012-02-24 08:52:51 AM  
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2012-02-24 09:28:36 AM  
Returns a third time, offers $8 and a candy bar for the pepper spray. Gets pepper sprayed again.
 
2012-02-24 10:30:12 AM  
Anyone got a link that doesn't require registration?
 
2012-02-24 10:30:17 AM  
Well, you know what they say: Never bring a gun to a pepper spray fight! Wait, that doesn't sound right....
 
2012-02-24 10:32:19 AM  
This just in. Criminals are, by and large, dumb as a pail of piss.
 
2012-02-24 10:32:23 AM  
Well, Megyn Kelly told me pepper spray is just a food product so I don't see what the big deal is.
 
2012-02-24 10:32:53 AM  
Pour a little Pepsi in my hand for a dime?
 
2012-02-24 10:33:17 AM  
Obviously, the first pepper spraying was warranted because he was attempting to rob the hotel guests. As a lawyer, though, I'd say that the guests are then criminally liable for spraying him the second time because he was not on premise to perpetrate any harm. If Hitler knocked on your door, you wouldn't have any legal recourse to shoot him simply because you suspected, from past behavior, that he was there to commit a crime. I think the guests were really just being malicious.

I'd say that the robber had suffered sufficient consequences for his actions, but the hotel guests need to be prosecuted and punished to some fair degree.
 
2012-02-24 10:34:01 AM  
media.bradenton.com

"raspberries to you too... ppppfffffftttt!"
 
2012-02-24 10:34:34 AM  

Bin_jammin: Anyone got a link that doesn't require registration?


The link provided worked fine for me, but here's a copy and paste.

Police: Bradenton armed robber drops gun, returns to buy it for $40
By LAURA C. MOREL - l­more­l[nospam-﹫-backwards]no­t­nedar­b*com
Posted: 12:00am on Feb 23, 2012; Modified: 2:47pm on Feb 23, 2012

Cedrick Mitchell, armed home invasion, resisting arrest, no bond.
BRADENTON A man was arrested early Thursday after he tried to rob two men in a motel room, dropping his gun and later returning to buy back his own firearm, Bradenton police said.

At about 12:30 a.m., Cedrick Mitchell, 39, barged into a room at the Royal Motel, 1526 14th St. W. He asked the two men inside for pills.

When they said they had none, Mitchell pulled out a black handgun from his waistband and demanded "everything you got," said Bradenton police Capt. Warren Merriman.

The men began to fight. During the scuffle, Mitchell dropped his gun and one of the victims pepper sprayed him in the face.

Mitchell ran away. But moments later, he was back at the motel room and begged the two men to buy his gun back for $40, Merriman said.

Mitchell was pepper sprayed in the face again and ran away.

The men called 911. One of the officers at the scene spotted Mitchell, who ran away again. Officers chased him and he was arrested, Merriman said.

Mitchell was booked into the Manatee County jail and is being held on no bond.
 
2012-02-24 10:35:30 AM  

spentmiles: I'd say that the robber had suffered sufficient consequences for his actions, but the hotel guests need to be prosecuted and punished to some fair degree.


I am okay with this so long as the hotel guests are Democrats. If they're Republicans, I will be hard-pressed to believe they did anything wrong.
 
2012-02-24 10:35:34 AM  

spentmiles: Obviously, the first pepper spraying was warranted because he was attempting to rob the hotel guests. As a lawyer, though, I'd say that the guests are then criminally liable for spraying him the second time because he was not on premise to perpetrate any harm. If Hitler knocked on your door, you wouldn't have any legal recourse to shoot him simply because you suspected, from past behavior, that he was there to commit a crime. I think the guests were really just being malicious.

I'd say that the robber had suffered sufficient consequences for his actions, but the hotel guests need to be prosecuted and punished to some fair degree.


If Hitler shows up at my door, I'm calling a news crew so I can be on Fark.
 
2012-02-24 10:35:55 AM  

spentmiles: Obviously, the first pepper spraying was warranted because he was attempting to rob the hotel guests. As a lawyer, though, I'd say that the guests are then criminally liable for spraying him the second time because he was not on premise to perpetrate any harm. If Hitler knocked on your door, you wouldn't have any legal recourse to shoot him simply because you suspected, from past behavior, that he was there to commit a crime. I think the guests were really just being malicious.

I'd say that the robber had suffered sufficient consequences for his actions, but the hotel guests need to be prosecuted and punished to some fair degree.


So you don't think that they may have thought he left and got another weapon? I'd say that's much more likely than he just came back to offer to buy the gun back.

I got trolled, didn't I?
 
2012-02-24 10:36:19 AM  
If Hitler knocked on your door, you wouldn't have any legal recourse to shoot him simply because you suspected, from past behavior, that he was there to commit a crime

He still would not get in as I don't associate with vegetarians who don't drink or smoke.
 
2012-02-24 10:36:34 AM  
Some days you just can't win.

spentmiles: Obviously, the first pepper spraying was warranted because he was attempting to rob the hotel guests. As a lawyer, though, I'd say that the guests are then criminally liable for spraying him the second time because he was not on premise to perpetrate any harm. If Hitler knocked on your door, you wouldn't have any legal recourse to shoot him simply because you suspected, from past behavior, that he was there to commit a crime. I think the guests were really just being malicious.

I'd say that the robber had suffered sufficient consequences for his actions, but the hotel guests need to be prosecuted and punished to some fair degree.


I was wondering where you went. Apparently you were off passing the bar exam. Kudos.
 
2012-02-24 10:37:03 AM  

spentmiles: Obviously, the first pepper spraying was warranted because he was attempting to rob the hotel guests. As a lawyer, though, I'd say that the guests are then criminally liable for spraying him the second time because he was not on premise to perpetrate any harm. If Hitler knocked on your door, you wouldn't have any legal recourse to shoot him simply because you suspected, from past behavior, that he was there to commit a crime. I think the guests were really just being malicious.

I'd say that the robber had suffered sufficient consequences for his actions, but the hotel guests need to be prosecuted and punished to some fair degree.


So you'd want to invite him in for tea and crumpets the second time?
 
2012-02-24 10:38:25 AM  

LL316: spentmiles: Obviously, the first pepper spraying was warranted because he was attempting to rob the hotel guests. As a lawyer, though, I'd say that the guests are then criminally liable for spraying him the second time because he was not on premise to perpetrate any harm. If Hitler knocked on your door, you wouldn't have any legal recourse to shoot him simply because you suspected, from past behavior, that he was there to commit a crime. I think the guests were really just being malicious.

I'd say that the robber had suffered sufficient consequences for his actions, but the hotel guests need to be prosecuted and punished to some fair degree.

So you don't think that they may have thought he left and got another weapon? I'd say that's much more likely than he just came back to offer to buy the gun back.

I got trolled, didn't I?


I would say yes, except my familiarity with the legal system says no.
 
2012-02-24 10:41:12 AM  
media.bradenton.com

Not OJ.
 
2012-02-24 10:42:34 AM  

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So you don't think that they may have thought he left and got another weapon? I'd say that's much more likely than he just came back to offer to buy the gun back.

I would say yes, except my familiarity with the legal system says no.


Exactly. They were not within their legal rights to pepper spray him any more than you would be to shoot an intruder in your home. Our laws are designed to protect the lives and well beings of everyone involved in a situation like this. As for home invasion, you are legally responsible to give them the benefit of the doubt -- were they confused and in the wrong house? Are they there to warn you about an impending disaster? Was there a recall on your television and they were attempting to save you from a house fire? You just cannot assume that because someone is in your living room in the middle of the night that they are there to harm you. Unless you live in one of these ridiculous Castle Law states that have basically accepted murder as the answer to situational ignorance. Those laws are relatively new, though, and they will not hold up.
 
2012-02-24 10:44:45 AM  

spentmiles: Obviously, the first pepper spraying was warranted because he was attempting to rob the hotel guests. As a lawyer, though, I'd say that the guests are then criminally liable for spraying him the second time because he was not on premise to perpetrate any harm. If Hitler knocked on your door, you wouldn't have any legal recourse to shoot him simply because you suspected, from past behavior, that he was there to commit a crime. I think the guests were really just being malicious.

I'd say that the robber had suffered sufficient consequences for his actions, but the hotel guests need to be prosecuted and punished to some fair degree.


Your not much of a lawyer. You can use force when it is reasonable to protect your life, and Florida is a no back down state. A guy just tried to rob you with a gun, you disarmed him, and he flees. He then returns a short time later, I would say it is reasonable to assume that he still means you harm. How would you know he hadn't gone to get his second gun, or a knife? He has already shown a willingness to cause you harm, and he is still acting irrationally.
 
2012-02-24 10:50:04 AM  

Lone Stranger: [media.bradenton.com image 135x180]

"raspberries to you too... ppppfffffftttt!"


I hate when people do that. For some weird reason it makes my lips feel funny to hear that noise.
 
2012-02-24 10:51:16 AM  
"Forty bucks? Sure!"

"Thanks dummy - now gimme back my forty dollas!"
 
2012-02-24 11:22:13 AM  
He was itchin' for another sprayin'.
 
2012-02-24 11:25:13 AM  

bunner: This just in. Criminals that get caught and we subsequently read about on fark are, by and large, dumb as a pail of piss.


FTFY.

Enough crime happens that is never solved, or interrupted in the act, or whatever, that I feel the blanket statement is a bit much.
Besides which, you've never broken the law?
 
2012-02-24 11:28:02 AM  
At our school it was the chaplain and a 17 year old girl from the girl's school across town that I think he also chaplained for.

He left his wife and they ran away together, IIRC.

I guess the surprise is that it wasn't the altar boy....
 
2012-02-24 11:28:41 AM  
Cocksocks. Wring thread.

MUST BRAIN HARDER.
 
2012-02-24 11:36:53 AM  

ghostofreasonpast: spentmiles: Obviously, the first pepper spraying was warranted because he was attempting to rob the hotel guests. As a lawyer, though, I'd say that the guests are then criminally liable for spraying him the second time because he was not on premise to perpetrate any harm. If Hitler knocked on your door, you wouldn't have any legal recourse to shoot him simply because you suspected, from past behavior, that he was there to commit a crime. I think the guests were really just being malicious.

I'd say that the robber had suffered sufficient consequences for his actions, but the hotel guests need to be prosecuted and punished to some fair degree.

Your not much of a lawyer. You can use force when it is reasonable to protect your life, and Florida is a no back down state. A guy just tried to rob you with a gun, you disarmed him, and he flees. He then returns a short time later, I would say it is reasonable to assume that he still means you harm. How would you know he hadn't gone to get his second gun, or a knife? He has already shown a willingness to cause you harm, and he is still acting irrationally.


Pretty much this. I pictured a scene where he returns and says "Hey! You can't attack me! I walked out and back in again, which means I am just a customer now!"

I am thinking it's reasonable to defend yourself against someone who is obviously off their rocker.
 
2012-02-24 11:48:45 AM  

Gothnet: bunner: This just in. Criminals that get caught and we subsequently read about on fark are, by and large, dumb as a pail of piss.

FTFY.

Enough crime happens that is never solved, or interrupted in the act, or whatever, that I feel the blanket statement is a bit much.
Besides which, you've never broken the law?


You sound criminal.
 
2012-02-24 12:03:44 PM  

spentmiles: This text is now purple:
So you don't think that they may have thought he left and got another weapon? I'd say that's much more likely than he just came back to offer to buy the gun back.

I would say yes, except my familiarity with the legal system says no.

Exactly. They were not within their legal rights to pepper spray him any more than you would be to shoot an intruder in your home. Our laws are designed to protect the lives and well beings of everyone involved in a situation like this. As for home invasion, you are legally responsible to give them the benefit of the doubt -- were they confused and in the wrong house? Are they there to warn you about an impending disaster? Was there a recall on your television and they were attempting to save you from a house fire? You just cannot assume that because someone is in your living room in the middle of the night that they are there to harm you. Unless you live in one of these ridiculous Castle Law states that have basically accepted murder as the answer to situational ignorance. Those laws are relatively new, though, and they will not hold up.


You couldn't be any more wrong....6/10 just in case.
 
2012-02-24 12:11:09 PM  

bunner: You sound criminal.



And I just proved I'm dumb by posting in the wrong thread immediately afterwards. Maybe you were right.....
 
2012-02-24 12:15:20 PM  
Some days this formal "man" crap just doesn't fit. Can we slouch our backs a bit and call this guy a "fool" instead?
 
2012-02-24 12:42:36 PM  
If this had been anywhere other than Florida I would not buy it.

Florida? Easily.
 
2012-02-24 01:06:01 PM  

jmr61: If this had been anywhere other than Florida I would not buy it.

Florida? Easily.


If when he came back they shot him dead with his own gun than Texas. But this fits quite nicely for Florida
 
2012-02-24 01:09:13 PM  
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2012-02-24 01:16:46 PM  

spentmiles: Obviously, the first pepper spraying was warranted because he was attempting to rob the hotel guests. As a lawyer, though, I'd say that the guests are then criminally liable for spraying him the second time because he was not on premise to perpetrate any harm. If Hitler knocked on your door, you wouldn't have any legal recourse to shoot him simply because you suspected, from past behavior, that he was there to commit a crime. I think the guests were really just being malicious.

I'd say that the robber had suffered sufficient consequences for his actions, but the hotel guests need to be prosecuted and punished to some fair degree.


This is why people hate lawyers, but 8/10 anyway.

If Hitler showed up at my door I don't know what I'd do because either the Nazis really did invent a time machine or he'd be 123 years old, making him the oldest human who ever lived.

Either way, he was a small man so subduing him while Mrs Capt.called 911 shouldn't be too difficult, with or without pepper spray (which I don't own anyway).
 
2012-02-24 06:03:24 PM  
One of the officers at the scene spotted Mitchell, who ran away again. Officers chased him and he was arrested, Merriman said.

I was SO hoping to read that the cops pepper sprayed him too...
 
2012-02-24 07:04:08 PM  
What happened to the fleas...?
 
2012-02-24 07:54:09 PM  
Dude.

I'd have asked for more than forty bucks.

And then I'd have given him back his gun with some pieces missing...

Heh.

;)
 
2012-02-24 09:25:35 PM  
Gallant shops around for a doctor who is happy to write a prescription.
 
2012-02-24 09:45:21 PM  

Dear Jerk: Gallant shops around for a doctor who is happy to write a prescription.


Wrong squared.
 
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