Bad: Four men allegedly rob couple at gunpoint at Hampshire Mall (Hadley, MA)
As reported by my local paper today:
Four men allegedly rob couple at gunpoint at Hampshire Mall
By THE DAILY HAMPSHIRE GAZETTE
Monday, October 27, 2008
HADLEY - Police are investigating an armed robbery reported in the Hampshire Mall parking lot Saturday at 12:50 a.m. in which four suspects allegedly stole cash and jewelry from the victim. Police said a man and woman were returning to their vehicle parked on the south side of the mall between Cinemark theaters and the JC Penney store when four men approached them. After threatening the couple and telling the woman to leave the scene, one of the men held a knife up to the male victim while another showed him a hand gun, police said. They then took an undisclosed amount of cash and jewelry.
The four men were last seen running toward the PVTA bus stop on the west side of JC Penney.
Anyone who may have seen the incident and can provide more information is asked to call police at 584-0883.
The story can be found at; http://www.gazettenet.com/story/208517
This story is different than any other I've ever noted because literally that victim might could have been me, or me witness toward as much.
Saturday night I had planned to go see 'W'. I go to the movies almost every weekend, and 99% of the time it's to the Hadley 'Hampshire Mall' theater. I've been going there for 15 years since before I moved here the first time.
The area where they describe the event unfolding is exactly where I park roughly 90% of the time. I park on the opposite side behind Joanna's Crafts if parking on the JC Penney side is full.
I was planning to see W at the 10:35P showing which would have let me out at nearly exactly this incidents time. The only reason I was not there is because with my dinner prior I'd had three glasses of wine, as opposed to my norm of one or two.
Around 10P I'd put my shoes on and was headed out the door when I assessed myself as being unfit to drive. I was not by any means drunk nor was I even to my own judgment under the influence, per se. But I have a very light tolerance now and I was thinking as I walked to t he door that I might be buzzing just a little bit but I wasn't 100% sure. With that doubt I decided while standing at my door keys in hand to not go out and stay home to play XBox. I turned around, closed and relocked my side door, took off my boots and placed them back in the closet, hung my jacket up, and went to my office to play COD: World at War. I figured I'd catch 'W" this coming weekend or maybe via NetFlix.
Then tonight while reading the paper along with and to my daughter I noticed this story on the back page of the A section. It made me feel weird, like with the heebie jeebies. :|
Thank God for wine and low tolerances. But hey, nothing ever happens in...