Robbery victims usually don't know the criminals

Robbery victims usually don't know the criminals

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    Robbery victims usually don't know the criminals

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    Robbery victims usually don't know the criminals

    06:28 PM EST on Monday, February 26, 2007

    Reported by: Janet Roach

    Each year, hundreds of people are robbed in each Hampton Roads city.

    Many times, it's a crime of opportunity and the suspect doesn’t always know the person.

    You may never see yourself as a target.

    “We have instances where someone getting out of their car in front of their own home is robbed," said Sgt. Rick Gaddis with the Newport News Police Dept.

    That happened to Evelyn Taylor. Before she got to the door of her Newport News home, a robber attacked.

    "He took my head and pushed it into the door ... I went to the floor. He pushed me into the floor,” she recalled.

    The robber got just $13.00.

    Taylor was one of the 476 people robbed on the streets in Newport News in 2006. But not all robberies are random. Newport News police believe nearly half of robbery victims are involved in the drug trade.

    Virginia Beach police, however, say the robberies they investigate are almost always random.

    Already this year, street robberies at the Beach are up by 10 percent over 2006. Last year, most of those crimes, 55 out of 394, occurred in the tourist district at the Oceanfront, south of Laskin Road.

    It seems anyone can be a target – police don’t see an overall profile for victims.

    The suspects, meanwhile, are using weapons, getting bolder and younger, some as young as 12, according to authorities.

    John McFadden is in the Norfolk City Jail on a robbery conviction. He said he caught his victim totally off guard. "I walked up to him with the gun. I said, ‘I want everything you got,’” he explained.

    McFadden admits his victim wasn't a completely random target. He told us what he looks for in a victim. “Let's say you're coming out of the mall and you're driving a Mercedes Benz and you have four or five bags in your hand. You’re subject to get robbed,” he stated.

    McFadden and police say it’s important to stay alert to what’s going on around you. They say people often times walk around in a little bit of a fog sometimes and don't notice clear signs that something's wrong. They also say you should never resist when threatened, stressing that your life is worth more than a few bucks.
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    Tell that to the people who got shot BECAUSE they were being robbed!
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    McFadden and police say it’s important to stay alert to what’s going on around you.
    True - if folks would realize it.

    They also say you should never resist when threatened, stressing that your life is worth more than a few bucks
    That's a moot point! It hardly takes into account the mode of attack and how much the BG is armed ..... for us I am afraid there may be some response as yes, our life IS worth way more than a few bucks!!!

    Too much chance of being robbed AND damaged, or worse.
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    McFadden and police say it’s important to stay alert to what’s going on around you. They say people often times walk around in a little bit of a fog sometimes and don't notice clear signs that something's wrong.
    This is the most important way to avoid being a victim for sure. At least he got that part.

    They also say you should never resist when threatened, stressing that your life is worth more than a few bucks.
    I understand he's trying not to encourage confrontations, but it's still sad to hear this. It's speaks to how deeply rooted this kind of misconception is. Assuming that you know what a criminal wants, and that if you pacify him by giving him what he wants, he will leave you alone is dangerously naive. I'm sure everyone here can think of a case where a victim was submissive and gave the BG everything he asked for, and got killed or raped anyway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by paramedic70002 View Post
    They also say you should never resist when threatened, stressing that your life is worth more than a few bucks.
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    Tell that to the people who got shot BECAUSE they were being robbed!
    True. And the irony of releasing this statement during the week "Zodiac" opens is just perfect.

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    There are so many people walking around with their head in the clouds that the BG has a easy time finding a victim. When leaving a store or shopping center I'am always on the look out for something amiss. Some people make it easy for the BG.

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    They also say you should never resist when threatened, stressing that your life is worth more than a few bucks.
    One problem with this mentality is, as the BG commits more & more crimes..........he will get more violent with each one, he will NOT get gentler or more polite. So if you are one of his later victims your odds of being seriously hurt go UP as time goes on & he gets bolder.
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    Quote Originally Posted by paramedic70002 View Post
    They also say you should never resist when threatened, stressing that your life is worth more than a few bucks.
    This is the part that p!sses me off the most.If more people resisted maybe these predators would find more legitimate methods of earning a living.

    Somehow the thought that a raped and beaten woman is morally superior to the one standing over the dead would be rapist with a smoking gun in her hand is reprehensible to me.
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    Most of the time victims of violent crime know their attackers, although robbery is really the exception to that. Murder, rape, arson, assault, all of these are more likely to befall you from an acquantice or family member than a stranger.

    Robbery is a violent crime that involves property, and sometimes it is committed by acquantices, but usually it is a crime of opportunity, so like other property crimes, the victim and suspect are unknown.
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    I fired off a nice letter to the reporter lamenting the fact that reporters and cops never address the fact that sometimes people get killed while being compliant. Just happened here last December, got LOTS of news coverage.
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    So. . . more people are turning to robbery, huh?

    We must not be providing enough opportunities, and enough programs. . .

    C'mon, people, don't you feel that GUILT you bear, for not doing enough to keep young people from having to turn to crime?!



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