Grandma Calls The Cops
by Staff | Oct 5, 2012 3:39 pm
Posted to: Legal Writes
A woman looked out her window and saw her 21-year-old grandson pummeling her 62-year-old neighbor, ripping his car keys from his hand, and taking off in his car, according to police.
Here’s what happened, according to police spokesman Officer Dave Hartman:
At 8:23 a.m. Officers Michael Shapiro and Leslee Witcher responded to Fountain Heights B’nai B’rith Senior Housing on Fountain Street on a report of an assault.
They found a wounded 62-year-old man, a resident of the senior housing, being tended to by another resident. He was bleeding from wounds on his head and face. He was later taken to the hospital for treatment.
The man told cops he had come home after dropping his wife at work and found a young man in the parking lot. The young man said his grandmother lives there and asked to borrow the 62-year-old’s phone to call her. The older man obliged. The younger man made a call and handed his phone back to him.
“Moments later, the man walked back over to the victim with his hand wrapped in an article of clothing,” Hartman said. “He claimed he was holding a gun and demanded the car keys. The victim held on to the keys as the robber repeatedly punched him in the head. The assailant continued his attack, knocking the elderly man to the ground. The assault continued until [the older man] lost his grip on the keys.” The young man took off in the victim’s red Honda.
The suspect’s grandmother later told cops that she had heard a commotion in the parking lot, looked outside, and saw her grandson robbing her neighbor. She immediately called the cops.
Officer John Lalli knew the suspect “from previous dealings, and set off in search of him,” Hartman said.
“A few moments later, he spotted the victim’s car being driven on Hill Top Road. He radioed in his findings and turned on his cruiser’s lights and siren. [The suspect] took off, leading police on a pursuit. [The suspect] bailed out of the stolen car on Valley Street. Officer Lalli bailed out of his cruiser. A neighborhood woman told officers she believed the man they were after was hiding beneath her porch. Officers apprehended [the man] after pulling him out from under the porch,” Hartman said. The suspect “fought the officers as they attempted to control him. His efforts failed and he was quickly handcuffed.”
The 21-year-old was charged with a list of crimes, including robbery, carjacking, larceny, resisting arrest, and reckless driving. He was also served with three outstanding warrants for another list of crimes, including burglary, larceny, robbery, possession of narcotics, possession of a pistol, and risk of injury to a child.
In other police news, according to Hartman:
Officer Dell Nabs Dad: Police made two additional arrests in the case of a 2011 hit-and-run fatality. Cops announced last month the arrest of a juvenile accused of intentionally opening his car door to hit a 14-year-old cyclist while driving a stolen minivan. The 14-year-old died as a result of the impact.
On Friday, Officer Rose Dell (pictured) arrested the juvenile on a new charge, along with his father. Both are charged with intimidating a witness and conspiracy to intimidate a witness.
For block-by-block year-to-date crime info, check the Independent’s crime map.
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“a wounded 62-year-old man…knocking the elderly man to the ground”
if 62 is really considered elderly, then i’m going to have to spend some time contemplating the creeping, cold hand of death, its unwavering touch growing closer everyday.
You have to wonder why the juvenile who hit people with stolen car doors was out on the street to begin with.
Good Lord!! Had that been my grandma the only reason to call the authorities would have been to pick my carcass up off the street after she gave me the whooping of my life. Sorry to offend the sensitive liberals out there but my generation handled things differently.
@ Edward: Grandma had more sense than to run outside and try to physically restrain a 21-year-old male who was already out of control and beating the lights out of her neighbor, and who appeared to have a gun. Calling the police was absolutely the right thing to do.
Umm. That’s exactly my point. These days Grandmothers have to call the police to deal with their grandchildren. Back in my day a grandchild who even though of raising their hands at their grandmother was subject to a beat down by all male family members. Funny how Liberals always forget that “takes a village” saying unless they are using it to propose raising taxes.
Ugh; why do snarky comments about liberals have anything to do with anything here. i’m no fan of broad generalizations.
either way, despite the fact that i’d probably fall under the liberal category (if i had to choose between that or conservative), i can certainly agree that kids really should be put in their place more often. i’m pretty young, but if i so much as talked back to my parents or anyone i’d get whoopin’.
of course i hated getting hit, and there is a limit to how far you should go, but discipline is a lost art.
and what kid would rob a 60-something man right outside his grandmother’s house!?
People’s kids can take a bad turn whether they are brought up with whoopin’ or not.
I totally agree that the adult males of a family have a particular responsibility to the boys in that family; I personally feel that responsibility is more effectively discharged by example and thoughtful conversation than by whoopin’.
I also agree that there is a crisis in the upbringing of boys due to the lack of constructive male role models in many households, particularly households in poverty. I’m not naive enough to think there is only one cause for this crisis in male responsibility ... or that it’s unique or unprecedented. All you have to do is read A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, or listen to pretty nearly any traditional folk song or blues song, to know that absent / drunken / violent / irresponsible men have been a problem for women and children—particularly in poverty—ever since whenever. And that the problem self-perpetuates.
My response was only to the idea that there would have been any effective deterrent to the grandson if the grandmother had stomped out of the house and tried to tan his hide on the spot, which is what I thought you were suggesting.