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this is just a quick news blurb - and i thought it will help drive the point: "anywhere at anytime"



http://www.azcentral.com/news/articles/0603murder0604.html

Police hold man seen leaving in victim's car
Kerry Fehr-Snyder
The Arizona Republic
Jun. 3, 2007 10:45 PM

An 18-year-old woman was shot and killed as she worked alone inside an office complex Saturday morning.

Phoenix police arrested a man reportedly seen leaving the area shortly after the shooting.

Norma Gabriella Contreras was shot in the upper body and killed about 11 a.m. Saturday while working at an insurance office at 7342 W. Indian School Road.

The suspect, Stephen D. Reeves, 53, was charged with first-degree murder, armed robbery and theft of a vehicle.

"It appeared the victim was chosen randomly," Phoenix police Detective Bob Ragsdale said.

Witnesses called 911 after they heard a women screaming. Police arrived at the scene and saw blood on the floor of one of the complex's offices.

A witness reported to 911 operators seeing the suspect get into the victim's parked car and drive away as officers arrived on scene.

Operators notified the officers, who soon caught up with the car, found Reeves inside and arrested him.
Note: MMC I modified the title of your thread to be more general as your thread concept is an excellent idea toward long term cataloging of as much. Please excuse my intrusion.

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^^

great point!


stay away from work and drive thru's!
 

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SWAT team in standoff at Hampton McDonald's

MrMcCrackin said:
...stay away from work and drive thru's!
To add to this threads theme...

As reported today by the Daily Press:

SWAT team in standoff at Hampton McDonald's
Phoebus High was put on lockdown

BY SHAWN DAY AND JIM HODGES
Daily Press
June 4, 2007, 3:00 PM EDT

HAMPTON -- All of the hostages involved in a police standoff at a a McDonald's restaurant are free and uninjured, but Hampton police continue a a tense standoff with an unidentified gunman.

Police say they received a call about 1:54 p.m. from a person who said they were armed and inside the restaurant, which is at the intersection of Pembroke Avenue and Grimes Road.

The caller did not make any demands, but early reports were that a number of people inside the restaurant at the time the standoff began were held inside a freezer - including an employee who is eight months pregant.

Police set up a command post a short distance away from the restaurant, with ambulances and fire trucks parked nearby.

All of the hostages were released about 4:40 p.m., after members of the SWAT team went inside the restaurant. There were no reports of shots fired.

A spokeswoman for Hampton City Schools says nearby Phoebus High School went into lockdown at 2:05 after being told about the standoff by city police.

She says the district also put Jones and Spratley middle schools and Merrimack, Cary and Smith elementary schools in modified lockdown to protect students.

When Phoebus dismissed school at 2:35, all students who walked to school were taken to the gymnasium and were not allowed to leave until they could be safely escorted off campus or were picked up by parents.

Students who drove to school left through the faculty parking lot. Hampton Roads Transit buses, which provide school transportation, were rerouted so they did not drive by the restaurant. All afterschool activities were canceled for the day.

Christina Meyer of Hampton said she lives next door to the restaurant and went in about 1:30 p.m. to put in a job application, but was told none were available. Asked after the standoff started whether she still wanted to work at the restaurant, Meyer said no.

Staff writers Shawn Day and Jim Hodges, and staff photographer Sangjib Min are on the scene. Look to dailypress.com for updates on this breaking news story.

The story can be found at; http://www.dailypress.com/news/dp-now-standoff,0,3500791.story?coll=dp-news-local-final

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i wonder

with ccw - if we lived life like on a tv and some nutjob decided to create a hostage situation - with a bomb instead of say a gun


everyone would still be in fear for their lives - so i assume it would be a justified shooting

or am i totally off base?
 

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more:

this happened right by the ASU campus - though school is out


http://www.azcentral.com/community/tempe/articles/0604tr-robbery.html

Victim robbed, shot at in downtown Tempe Saturday night
Eugene Scott
The Arizona Republic
Jun. 4, 2007 10:31 AM

A Phoenix man was robbed and shot at in downtown Tempe Saturday night.

A 24-year-old suspect demanded the victim's wallet at gunpoint at 10:39 p.m. Saturday in the 200 block of West Fifth Street, near Mill Avenue and University Drive, according to Tempe Police. The victim handed over some money, but then was shot at when he struggled with the suspect over his wallet.

The suspect fled to a vehicle that was being driven by a Mesa resident. The vehicle sped off and fled police until it was involved in a collision at McClintock Drive and Southern Avenue.


The suspects then ran away on foot before being apprehended by police.

Both men were arrested on suspicion of armed robbery. The driver was also arrested on suspicion of felony flight and aggravated drunk driving.

The suspects' names are not being released at this time pending further investigation as to their possible involvement in other crimes.

The victim was uninjured.
 

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again:

http://www.azcentral.com/news/articles/0605clerkshot-CR-CP.html


Circle K clerk shot and killed
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Jun. 5, 2007 05:15 AM

Clerk shot and killed

A call for help led to the death of a Circle K clerk. Phoenix police said a person was shot, and went into the store near 58th Avenue and McDowell looking for help.

The shooter followed the victim, and shot and killed the clerk working at the store.

Police are looking for the suspect. He's described as an Hispanic man, 20 to 25 years old, 5'5'' to 5'7'', weighing 140-160 pounds. He has shorter dark hair and a mustache.

He was last seen wearing a black T-shirt over a white T-shirt and dark, baggy cargo shorts. He was driving a newer model white Cadillac.
 

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more:

http://www.azcentral.com/community/glendale/articles/0605abrk-armedrobbery0605-ON.html

Bank robbery suspect in custody
Jordan LaPier
The Arizona Republic
Jun. 5, 2007 10:26 PM

Police have a man in custody after an attempted armed bank robbery at 43rd Ave. and Olive Ave. in Glendale.

Police believe Carl Stewart, 50, entered the Bank of America branch just before 5 p.m., told tellers that he had a bomb in his backpack, and demanded money.

Tellers handed over the money but an alarm was sounded. Customers inside the bank also contacted police while the attempted robbery was in progress.


Police say Stewart tried to flee but customers at the bank subdued him until police arrived. He was treated for minor injuries resulting from the scuffle.

A bomb squad examined the backpack for explosive material and determined there was no bomb.

No one was injured in the incident and police believe all the money has been returned to the bank. Stewart is being held at a detention facility for questioning.

Glendale police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation will conduct an investigation.

kinda ironic i was thinking about something like this the other day and posted about it
 

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Robber Forces Utah Woman to Fill His SUV With Gas

As reported via FoxNews:

Robber Forces Utah Woman to Fill His SUV With Gas

Tuesday, June 05, 2007

SALT LAKE CITY — A woman was held up during a fill-up.

The woman was pumping gasoline at a station south of downtown Sunday morning when a man stuck something in her back, told her it was a gun and ordered her to start filling up his sport utility vehicle instead of her own car, said Salt Lake City police Detective Jared Wihongi.

"This is definitely not common," Wihongi said Monday.

The woman put $15 worth in the other vehicle's tank before her debit card reached its limit.

Wihongi said surveillance video at the station showed two men in a large, white sport utility vehicle with Wyoming license plates. They could face aggravated robbery charges.

The woman was so shaken up by the incident she didn't call police until about three hours later.

The story can be found at; http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,278117,00.html

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Man Leaps on Jeep carrying Pope Benedict XVI

As reported by ABCNews.com:

Man Leaps on Jeep carrying Pope Benedict XVI
Pontiff Appears Unfazed After Man Jumps Barrier



Jun 6, 2007

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - A man leaped over a barricade during Pope Benedict's weekly audience on Wednesday and tried to jump on to his moving, open-topped popemobile but was stopped by guards.

It was the first serious security breach in the Vatican regarding Benedict since he was elected in April 2005. The man took the Pope's bodyguards by surprise and managed to get to within about a meter of the Pope.

Vatican sources said the man was unarmed and did not appear to have posed a threat to the Pope, who was not aware of what was happening behind him.

Television pictures showed a man wearing a baseball cap and short pants jump out of the crowd and over a wooden barricade in St Peter's Square as the Pope passed by on the jeep to start his weekly general audience for some 40,000 people.

Hurtling from the Pope's right, he tried to jump on the back of the moving popemobile but only managed to touch it before being wrestled to the ground by Vatican security guards.

The Pope was standing on the open jeep facing forward and looking at the crowd to his left and did not see the man trying to get on the vehicle.

The driver did not appear to know what was happening behind him since the speed of the vehicle did not increase.

The episode lasted about 15 seconds.

The man, believed to be between 20 and 30 years old, was taken in for questioning and was due to be handed over to Italian police.

While Vatican guards make initial detentions in St Peter's Square, suspects are routinely handed over to Italian police in line with a special international agreement in force since 1929.

Benedict's predecessor, John Paul, was shot and nearly killed in the same square by Turkish gunman Mehmet Ali Agca on May 13, 1981.

The report with video can be found at; http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory?id=3249344

- Janq

Note: Not even The Pope is absolutely completely without fail 100% safe from crime, criminal acts, and/or highly motivated crazy people with intent.
We average Joe and Jane types who are not Pope's who expect same or in some folks minds better are just not being realistic. I suppose those same people would suggest The Pope simply dial 9-1-1 and wait for Robocop to swoop in just in the nick of time.
Oh, and the Popemobile is not a "Jeep". It's a customized Land Rover Defender 90.
 

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Gunmen attack police chief in Cancun beach resort

As reported via SignOnSanDiego.com

Gunmen attack police chief in Cancun beach resort

REUTERS
2:57 p.m. May 4, 2007

CANCUN, Mexico – Gunmen attacked the police chief of Cancun, a major Mexican beach resort with rising cases of drug gang violence, killing one of his bodyguards but leaving him unharmed, the government said Friday. A group of men opened fire on Ricardo Samos' truck Thursday after other vehicles cut it off in downtown Cancun, the government said.

One bodyguard was killed at the scene and another remained in serious condition in hospital.
Mexico has seen a wave of drug-related brutality in the last couple of years and President Felipe Calderón has sent thousands of soldiers to states on the U.S. border and other regions to wage war against narcotics cartels.

“Until now we have seen feuding between crime groups unconnected to the state, but yesterday's event was an attack against institutions, against the police department,” Feliz Gonzalez, governor of Quintana Roo state, told reporters.
One man was arrested and dozens of guns – some of them AK-47 assault rifles – were confiscated in connection with Thursday's attack, Gonzalez said.

Drug-related deaths in Mexico number more than 700 so far this year. In April, five corpses with bound hands and feet were found in a sports utility vehicle in Cancun.
Cancun, a mass of towering hotels crammed along a narrow strip of white beaches, attracts millions of Americans and Europeans each year.
Fighting between drug gangs has normally been out of sight of tourist areas of Cancun, although other kinds of violence have increased.

In February, a British tourist tried to push his girlfriend off a 13th floor hotel balcony during a drunken fight but ended up falling to his death.
Last year, a married Canadian couple were found with their throats slashed in hotel room near Cancun. Their murders remain unsolved.

The story can be found at; http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/mexico/20070504-1457-mexico-crime-.html

Note: This is Cancun where Americans and their college aged kids go to play on the beach, and figure/assume they will be safe & protected. Here though not even the chief of police of Cancun is safe from crime on his own home turf and beat (!).
This story reads like the script from 'Man On Fire' only this time it's real world...

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Man on Fire was exactly what i was thinkin of also!
 

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It was only a matter of time, if you look up corrupt in the dictionary you'd find his picture. He's got to greedy

Why do a police chief in a "non violent" city need multiple bodyguards? And how do you pay for them?
 

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http://www.azcentral.com/news/articles/0607gl-heist0606-ON.html


Police seek 'dangerous' bandit who robbed Glendale bookstore
Brent Whiting
The Arizona Republic
Jun. 7, 2007 08:45 AM

Glendale police asked for help Wednesday in finding a "dangerous" bandit who robbed a bookstore by holding a gun to a clerk's head.

Investigators also released grainy security photos of the robber, a man with shot dark hair, a full mustache and tattoos on his shouders and arms.

The holdup occurred Tuesday at the Book Cellar, 6527 N. 59th Ave., said Officer Jackie Cole, a police spokeswoman.


"He pulled a gun from his waistband behind his back," Cole said. "He should be considered armed and dangerous."

To offer information, phone Glendale police violent-crimes detectives at (623) 930-3000.
 

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Tragic Shooting Unfolded in West Springfield (MA)

As reported by my local news CBS3 Springfield (MA):

Tragic Shooting Unfolded in West Springfield



Story Published: Jun 2, 2007 at 6:37 PM EDT

Story Updated: Jun 2, 2007 at 8:42 PM EDT
By Meghan Backus
Video Watch The Story
Members of one community are reacting to a tragic shooting that unfolded before their eyes in broad daylight.

"We do not have these types of incidents in West Springfield," said Police Capt. John Ferrarini, "It's a very peaceful community."

But gunshots broke the peace. Police say 23-year-old Evelyn Tavarez of Springfield was shot several times by her estranged boyfriend outside the Price Rite near Memorial Drive and Union street. The ex-boyfriend, Jose Paulino, then turned the gun on himself and later died from those wounds. It's an act many people call senseless and selfish.

"They don't consider the fact that i'm coming through here with my daughter and my wife, which we were here 20 minutes prior to (the shooting)," said Ramon Sanchez of West Springfield.

And dozens of shoppers were witness to this horrific scene. People watched as police cautioned off the scene, cleaned up puddles of blood and carried off Tavarez's body.

"People around here shouldn't be used to this," said Jonathan Cruz of Springfield. "I don't think this should be happening or going on - it's crazy."

But police say the crime was an isolated incident. The Republican reports Tavarez had a restraining order against Paulino in another state, and she moved to Springfield to get away from him.

"Now his family and her family are going to be the ones left holding this burden," Sanchez said.

It's a burden that some West Springfield residents are going to have to overcome every time they shop at their neighborhood supermarket.


"It makes me feel sad," said Marco Carrillo of West Springfield. "But it's not going to change the way we feel about West Springfield or the shopping mall."

The article can be found at; http://www.cbs3springfield.com/news/local/7806687.html

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^^^

Maybe the crazy's intent here was to only but touch the pope's robes to be healed of all sin and illness?

I'm kidding...but good point about no one being safe.
 

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local stuff:

http://www.azcentral.com/community/phoenix/articles/0611abrk-seventhstshooting.html

Man shot walking down sidewalk
Becky Bartkowski
The Arizona Republic
Jun. 11, 2007 08:09 AM

A gunman shot and robbed a man Sunday at an apartment complex.

The victim was in serious condition, according to Phoenix Police documents.

The victim was walking down the sidewalk near Seventh Street and Broadway Road when the unknown gunman shot him, according to those documents.

more

http://www.azcentral.com/community/scottsdale/articles/0610shotsfired0610-ON.html

Destructive party crashers damage home, fire guns
Elias C. Arnold
The Arizona Republic
Jun. 10, 2007 08:47 PM

Scottsdale police are investigating possible criminal damage and assault after a group of unidentified people crashed a party early Sunday in the 8000 block of East Davenport Drive.

According to police, a 19-year-old man hosting the party was punched in the face several times by an unknown assailant after the group arrived about 12:30 a.m.

The group reportedly damaged windows, fixtures and a car, during which time the victim was struck in the face, police said. The victim had been hosting the party while his parents were out of town.


Witnesses reportedly heard three or four gunshots as the group left. Police later found shell casings in front of the residence.

Police said witnesses were not forthcoming about the reasons for the assault and property damage.

The incident is under investigation.

Beer?

http://www.azcentral.com/news/articles/0610beershooting-CP.html


Man shot four times over beer
Elias C. Arnold
The Arizona Republic
Jun. 10, 2007 12:17 PM

A man was shot early Sunday when he refused to give an attacker his 12-pack of beer.

Phoenix police reported the man suffered four gunshot wounds to the stomach, leg and groin. His injuries were described as serious but non-life-threatening.

The victim was returning home from purchasing the beer about 5 a.m. near 7th Street and Broadway Road when an unidentified man approached him and demanded the alcohol, police said.

When the victim refused, the shooter opened fire with a .45 caliber handgun, police said.

The victim was transported to a local hospital. He is expected to recover, police said.
 
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