A candidate for this year's Darwin Awards for dumbest felon in town?
October 11, 2017
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(SEATTLE, WA.) -- Sometimes in the affairs of mice of men, some men end up with mice sized brains. This is one reason America's prisons are pretty full up.
This caper happened Tuesday morning about 8:30 am. Two of Seattle's finest (that means police officers) were out walking in front of the police West Precinct building at 8th Avenue and Virginia Street minding their own business and keeping their hands to themselves when a cab pulls up to the curb and the driver says to the coppers, this guy in the back is refusing to pay his $35 fare.
Well, as you might imagine this was an unwelcome addition to the cabbie's morning (baby always needs a new pair of shoes) so the gendarmes kindly spoke with the passenger, according to a police statement, who confirmed he was unable to pay the fare.
Being nice, hail hearty fellows full of good cheer for their fellow man, the officers offered the man the opportunity to call a family member to help pay his bill.
When that failed, officers asked the man to step out of the car and checked his identity.
And lo and behold, strike us dead if this ain't the God's truth, they discovered Cab Fare No Pay Man was wanted on a $200,000 felony domestic violence warrant.
Now, how's that for an easy collar that drops in your lap? But that's not all.
The officers also found a "gun on the floor of the cab where the man had been sitting," according to the SPD statement.
And (this gets better, yes?) cab guy was also carrying an "empty holster" at the time of his arrest. Uh-oh.
It also turned out that Mr. Cab Fare No Pay Man is a convicted felon and cannot legally possess firearms. Uh-oh Uh-oh Uh-oh.
Can you say, trip to the big house one more time?
Police booked the alleged gun-toting desperado into the King County Jail for a firearms violation and his felony warrant.
And that's the way that went. Let this be a lesson kids. Crime does not pay.