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From the News-Star Crime Blotter

Meet-up turns into robbery

A 23-year-old man who had arranged a date with a woman he met on MySpace was robbed when he went to meet her at 10:45 p.m. Feb. 27.

The victim told police that the two set up a date and were to meet up in an alley in the 1700 block of W. Thorndale. When he arrived, the woman was waiting for him in a Chrysler minivan.

He got into the van and the two were talking, when two men approached the van and jumped into the back. One of the men grabbed the victim’s throat, placed a gun to the victim’s chin and threatened to shoot him.

The victim was struck on both shins with an unknown object and beaten. The victim’s date grabbed his keys, cellphone and wallet, which contained $30. They pushed him out of the van and fled in an unknown direction.

Vomiting, not fighting

A 23-year-old woman was hit over the head with a beer bottle during an argument with another woman at a tavern in the 2500 block of W. Peterson. Police were summoned to the tavern around 11:30 p.m. Feb. 25.

The victim told police that she was arguing with the woman, who was in her early 20s, when there was some “pushing around.” The woman hit the victim over the head with a beer bottle and fled.

The victim’s husband told police that his wife had been drinking to the point of vomiting and was in no condition to initiate a fight. Other witnesses corroborated the victim’s story.

She was taken to Swedish Covenant Hospital where she was awaited treatment for a swollen forehead.

Threatened with hammer

A 24-year-old man who has had on an going dispute with another man, claimed that he was threatened with a hammer in the hallways of his building in the 4900 block of N. Winthrop. Police responded to a 911 call around 8 a.m. Feb. 27.

Following an argument earlier in the day, the victim said that the man, who is believed to be 18, approached him in the hallway and confronted him for an unknown reason. The police report said the victim was not making any sense and that he refused to sign a complaint. The 18-year-old denied the allegations.

Ainslie break-in

Burglars pried at and kicked through the back door of a home in the 2700 block of W. Ainslie sometime before 11 p.m. Feb. 27. Video games, two digital cameras, a laptop, a TV and jewelry were reported missing.

Back door open, nobody home

A 50-year-old man received a phone call at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 27 from a neighbor stating the back door to his home in the 2500 block of W. Foster was open. The neighbor told police that earlier a man in his late teens was knocking on her basement door. He asked if the apartment manager was home.

A short time later, the neighbor checked and noticed that the victim’s back door was wide open. Jewelry, a 52-inch flat-screen TV, laptop computer and sound system were heisted.

Farragut haul

Burglars ransacked bedrooms and a closet at a home in the 1400 block of W. Farragut sometime before 8:20 a.m. Feb. 26. A neighbor notified the victim that his front door was open.

The victim called 911 when he arrived home and waited for police. The door was open and the deadbolt had been unlocked, but there were signs of forced entry, according to the police report. The only item reported missing was an iPod.

Source: News-Star

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