Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Robber Needed a Hug

Thanks for list member Paul Cesare for sharing this story!

On Earth Peace

Robber needed a hug
Posted on Fri, Jul. 13, 2007


WASHINGTON | Police on Capitol Hill are baffled by an attempted robbery that began with a handgun put to the head of a 14-year-old girl and ended in a group hug.

It started about midnight June 16 when a group of friends was finishing dinner on the patio of a District of Columbia home. A hooded man slid through an open gate and pointed a handgun at the girl�s head.

�Give me your money, or I�ll start shooting,� he said, the witnesses told The Washington Post.

Everyone froze, but then one guest spoke up. �We were just finishing dinner,� Cristina Rowan, 43, told the man. �Why don�t you have a glass of wine with us?�

The would-be robber took a sip and a bite of Camembert cheese, put the gun in his sweatpants, and apologized.

�I think I may have come to the wrong house,� he said. �Can I get a hug?�

Rowan stood up and wrapped her arms around the man, and the four other guests followed. The man walked away a few moments later with the crystal wine glass in hand.



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