Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Brutal Robbery/Stabbing in Vadnais Heights

KARE 11 reports on a violent robbery in Vadnais Heights, MN, which occurred last night shortly before 9:00 pm:

Ramsey County Sheriff's officials expect it'll be only a matter of time before they arrest two men who attacked a Vadnais Heights store owner last night.

The incident happened just before nine o'clock at Lee's Superette in the seven-hundred block of County Road D, just south of Interstate 694. Two men, one armed with a butcher knife, stormed into the store and bolted over the counter.

A state-of-the-art video surveillance system taped the entire assault.

While one of the would-be robbers held the clerk, the other lunged at him with a knife. But 28-year-old Amar Albossad fought the two off and eventually grabbed a knife of his own, chasing them out of the store with a knife and baseball bat.
Ah, the power of self-defense.

We've learned from the Uptown murder of Michael Zebuhr that we can't remain passive victims any longer. Today's breed of criminal scum doesn't care about you or your life, and they'll take it from you in a heartbeat. Amar Albossad did the right thing.

Ramsey County Sheriff Bob Fletcher said he believes the two were trying to kill the clerk and then steal his money. Fletcher said the assailants had been in the store earlier and knew Albossad had about $900 cash in his pockets in addition to the money in the register,[sic]

At one point on the tape, it appears one of the would-be robber's hand was in pocket Albossad's pants.

Sheriff Fletcher said "Nine hundred dollars is not a lot of money to get killed over," but added, "desperate gang members, drug dealers, drug users do desperate acts for small amounts of money."
Unlike the previous story, this one has suspect descriptions:

The two assailants were described as Hispanic males in the their late teens or early twenties, both about five feet eight inches tall. One had a two or three inch pony tail.
Now we know what to look for. Let's hope these rats are caught and brought to justice forthwith.