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CrimeJeff Soyer on 22 Jul 2014 02:33 am

Ya’ know…You just can’t make this stuff up:

The first time Nigel Sykes tried to get money from the Seasons Pizza in Newport, he did it with a gun, forcing his way into the business through the back door.

This time, Sykes is trying to get money from the pizzeria by suing the employees who tackled him and wrestled his gun away during the robbery.

Sykes alleges assault in a federal civil complaint claiming the rough treatment was “unnecessary” and that as a result of the injuries he suffered during his attempted hold-up, he is due over $260,000.

Read the whole thing. Apparently Sykes is both a serial robber and a serial litigant.

CrimeJeff Soyer on 07 Jul 2014 04:42 am

Researchers in Washington State studied the lives of people who were admitted to hospitals with firearm injuries. From the Seattle Times:

The study highlighted a strong correlation between firearm-related hospitalizations and poor outcomes after being discharged, including repeated hospitalization, commission of crime and death. A quarter of those hospitalized for a firearm-related injury were arrested for firearm-related crime within the next five years.

Researchers found that those hospitalized with a gun-related injury who had a prior arrest for gun-related or violent crime were 43 times more likely to be slain within the next five years than those without either.

You can read this whole article and not find a clear reference to “gangs.”

CrimeJeff Soyer on 10 Jun 2014 06:11 am

The mutants who killed two police officers, then another person, and then themselves in Las Vegas, had made their plans known:

The duo also told people they planned to commit a mass shooting, said Brandon Moore, a resident of the complex.

“They were handing out white-power propaganda and were talking about doing the next Columbine,” Moore said.

Then why didn’t anyone make an anonymous call to the authorities?

CrimeJeff Soyer on 31 May 2014 11:44 pm

From the NY Daily News:

Cops talked to Elliot Rodger three times before Santa Barbara killing spree, didn’t know he owned guns. Rodger’s weapon ownership was available in law enforcement databases, which apparently were not checked when police investigated his strange behavior. He was armed with three legally purchased handguns and more than 400 rounds of ammo in his May 23 rampage in Isla Vista, Calif.

According to the article, the cops never bothered viewing the online videos posted by Roger — that had worried his mother — before visiting him a third time, just weeks before his rampage.

Gun Control Crowd and CrimeJeff Soyer on 25 May 2014 02:13 am

The mutant’s family is blaming the gun. The father of one of the victims is blaming the NRA. Both support more gun control. Just one thing:

During a May 24 press conference on Elliot Rodger’s shooting spree in California, Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown said the guns Rodgers possessed “were legally purchased,” which means he went through a background check, and that he used 10-round magazines.

Brown’s exact words:

“Three 9 mm semi-automatic handguns were recovered from the suspect’s vehicle. Two of these were Sig Sauer 226 model handguns and the remaining one was a Glock 34 long slide… We have determined that all three of the weapons were legally purchased from federally licensed firearms dealers and they were all registered to the suspect.”

By the way, limiting magazine capacity doesn’t do anything; cops found 41 loaded 10-round magazines in Rodger’s car.

CrimeJeff Soyer on 14 May 2014 01:30 am

He’s 16-years-old:

Police in the Canadian city of Ottawa said they arrested a 16-year-old male charged with carrying out so-called “swatting” attacks that targeted 30 North American targets.

One of the targets included KrebsOnSecurity reporter Brian Krebs, who was previously on the receiving end of a vicious swatting attack that resulted in a team of police pointing guns at him as he opened the front door of his Virginia home. Krebs said the recent attacks were preceded by taunts from someone controlling the Twitter handle @ProbablyOnion. The last tweet made from that account, made on Thursday, stated: “Still awaiting for the horsies to bash down my door.” The individual didn’t have long to wait. That same day, the 16-year-old was arrested, according to press releases…

More, first-hand, here.

We all know what’s going to happen to this little shit punk; nothing. Slap on the wrist. Canadian style justice unless his victims decide to sue him.

CrimeJeff Soyer on 02 May 2014 11:35 pm

Most mug shots look like … mug shots. This guy seems positively joyous at his arrest:





Story here.

CrimeJeff Soyer on 28 Apr 2014 12:47 am

The Boston Globe has a tiresome article about how drug dealers (generally of heroin) travel to Vermont and trade drugs for guns. Naturally, the problem must be the cheap supply of heroin in Massachusetts. Oh, sorry, I mean the cheap and easy supply of guns in Vermont. From the Boston Globe:

The intersection of guns and drugs is spawning a wide range of related crimes, Mostyn said. Firearms are being stolen in Vermont and then exchanged for some of the more than $2 million in heroin and other opiates that flood Vermont every week, officials said. And addicts desperate for a daily fix are stealing from their families and strangers to pay for it.

[ . . . ]

A task force of local police, ATF agents, and State Police has been assembled in Western Massachusetts to combat problems posed by guns and drugs. John Rosenthal, cofounder of the Newton-based Stop Handgun Violence, said the task force’s work would be helped by national, mandatory background checks on all gun sales.

That’s right, John, those drug addicts will steal a gun and then waltz over to the nearest police station for a background check.

CrimeJeff Soyer on 23 Apr 2014 06:01 am

From Tennessee:

A teenager had a loaded handgun hidden in her vagina when she was arrested for driving with a suspended licence, police say.

Dallas J. Archer, was being searched when a female correction officer detected ‘an unknown item in her crotch’, according to a police report.

The gun had been reported as stolen a year ago. However, happiness is NOT a warm gun, according to the original owner:

Its 70-year-old owner, John Souther, told The Smoking Gun he would like the ‘little fellow returned’, but added the weapon would require ‘a bath in bleach’.

CrimeJeff Soyer on 16 Apr 2014 11:15 am

From Policeone.com:

The number of shootings in New York City has increased during the past several weeks after months of declines, with several shootings a day keeping police busy, particularly in Brooklyn, the latest NYPD statistics show.

But … But … NYC has tough gun laws and NY State has the ‘SAFE Act’ … so how can that be?

The NYC Police Department blames it on increased gang activity of late. So, uh, I guess that means that gang members and other criminals don’t seem to be obeying all these gun control laws.

CrimeJeff Soyer on 16 Apr 2014 02:26 am

Because, you know, the Krispy Kreme was still serving:

Houston police are looking for two men who broke into a firearms store and stole guns and rifles.

Detectives believe it happened between 1 and 2 am at Collectors Firearms in the 3300 block of Fondren. Police say once inside the store, the thieves were like “kids in a candy store.” They ripped off an undisclosed number of guns and rifles, plus ammunition.

Detectives say the two men did trigger a burglar alarm on the building. But police were not dispatched immediately. Police would not say why, saying that is currently part of the investigation. They were not called to the scene until 7:20am.

They do have surveillance video, but really; it’s a gun store getting robbed, not a garden nursery; a little more urgency would have been nice.

CrimeJeff Soyer on 14 Apr 2014 12:35 am

From the Chicago Sun-Times:

Nahshon Shelton didn’t want to pay the 22-cent tax on his $1.79 two-liter of Pepsi on Saturday afternoon, Chicago Police said.

So he allegedly pulled a blue-steel Intratec .22-caliber submachine gun out of his Gucci satchel inside the convenience store in the 4000 block of West Madison Street where they tried to make him pay it — and he threatened to kill everyone there, a prosecutor said.

This “is my neighborhood, I’m tax exempt!” he would later allegedly tell the cops. “Man, you know what, I’ll keep it real. I had to put them in their place.”

A Gucci satchel? Must be a member of that one-percent crowd that doesn’t want to pay their fair share in taxes.

CrimeJeff Soyer on 09 Apr 2014 02:38 am

I’m all for concealed carry and, yes, I do believe it brings crime levels down. But, too many are making too much of a three-month dip in Chicago’s violent crime rate. AWR Hawkins is one of them:

Police began accepting applications for CCHs in January, and CBS Chicago reported that the permits began to be mailed to approved applicants in February.

At the same time, Chicago’s ABC 7 reports that “the first three months of 2014 saw 6 fewer murders than the same time frame in 2013… and 55 fewer murders than 2012.”

So… the same time period in 2013 saw a significant drop in murders from the previous year (2012), but no one had a CCW permit in 2013. Yet, here’s the headline of Hawkin’s story: Chicago Has Concealed Carry, Lowest Murder Rate in 56 Years

Hawkins and others are implying that the new ability of law abiding Chicago residents to conceal-carry is the reason. While the future might bear that out, I believe that two months worth of data is insufficient for such a claim. It could be a factor, but may I suggest that the weather played a part? Chicago has just suffered one of the coldest and snowiest Winters on record. Even thugs know enough to come in out of the “Polar Vortex” as it were. Just sayin’….

CrimeJeff Soyer on 31 Jan 2014 03:41 am

From KPTV in Portland, Oregon:

A man police said is responsible for a shooting in a downtown parking lot ran from the scene, but shot himself in the testicles as he shoved the gun into his waistband Tuesday night.

A witness heard him cry, “Aw nuts!”

CrimeJeff Soyer on 16 Jan 2014 04:37 pm

From Dalje.com, whatever that is:

Police in Arkansas said they arrested a woman wearing nothing but angel wings and her birthday suit in the early morning following her birthday.

CrimeJeff Soyer on 16 Jan 2014 02:45 am

From Fox:

BUCKLEY, Wash. — Pierce County Sheriff Paul Pastor says he couldn’t believe that felon Tyler Smith had the gall to break the law on national television.

“Did he really think we wouldn’t notice that he had done this? He was seen on television possessing, firing, holding a firearm and indicating that it was his intention to rob his neighbors, not defend his family in the event of something extreme, not to stay home and defend what he had, but to go out and take things from someone else,” Pastor said Wednesday.

Smith appeared in an episode of the National Geographic Channel’s ‘Doomsday Preppers’ reality show.

“We’re not in it to stockpile,” Smith says of what he plans to do in the event of a Doomsday event. “We’re in it to come take what you have, and there’s nothing you can do to stop us.”

Wanna bet on that?

CrimeJeff Soyer on 09 Jan 2014 06:09 am

From the Daily Beast:

On the morning of Jan. 4, Jennifer McCarthy, 48, a Santa Fe, N.M., artist and former wife of Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Cormac McCarthy, was arrested on felony assault charges after her boyfriend claimed she threatened him and pulled a Smith & Wesson handgun out of her vagina, according to a Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Department document published by The Smoking Gun.

I can’t quote the second paragraph because it’s ‘way too much information’ if you know what I mean. [Note to Jeff: Every single reader has just clicked away to the link. — ed.]

CrimeJeff Soyer on 08 Jan 2014 06:08 am

This really just happened. From KTVU TV:

ANTIOCH, Calif. — An alleged bank robber was undone when an Antioch bank teller could not read his poorly written holdup note, authorities said.

[ . . . ]

Police said the teller was unable to read the note due to poor handwriting and contacted her manager to assist her.

Who can forget this scene from Woody Allen’s priceless movie, Take the Money and Run, in 1969:





You DO know that adding Ad-Block Plus to your FireFox eliminates stuff, including (judging by my experience) the stupid commercial at the beginning of this video. . . .

CrimeJeff Soyer on 25 Dec 2013 02:52 am

There’s an entire underworld that sells and buys stuff like the 40 million swiped Target transactions. You can read about it here.

Crime and Gun SafetyJeff Soyer on 20 Dec 2013 06:49 am

From Opposing Views:

A resident of rural Paso Robles, California is facing charges after he fired two bullets into his neighbor’s house while shooting at a water tower in his backyard. When the neighbor went outside and yelled that bullets hit his house, the shooter brazenly replied “I can do anything I want on my property” and fired three more rounds.

A reminder: Be sure of your backstop and what is behind it.

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