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Police Blotter of the Day: Athens man sang national anthem while tied up by robber

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An Athens man told police he sang the national anthem to himself during an armed robbery on Athens’ Eastside two months ago. …

He told officers that as he was leaving a business at 50 Gaines School Road, a man he knew as “Mario” pulled a gun on him and made him go back inside, where he stole a wallet, cash, a pocketknife and an iPhone from the victim’s pockets, police said.

Mario then bound the man’s wrists with zip-ties and tried to lock him in a bathroom, police said.

“He waited until he had sung the ‘Star Spangled Banner’ in his head before exiting the bathroom,” according to police.

Full story (Athens, Ga., Banner-Herald)

Written by Alex

July 13, 2012 at 9:57 am

Anatomy of a walkback

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Over at msnbc.com, I’ve posted an update on Benjamin Colton Barnes, the former Army private believed to have shot Park Ranger Margaret Anderson in Mount Rainier National Park over the weekend.

Here’s the key passage:

In July, the mother of Barnes’ young daughter said in court papers seeking a protection order that he “has possible PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) issues.” News organizations — including msnbc.com— noted the court filings and reported that Lewis-McChord is considered one of the most troubled bases in the U.S. military, with an alarming record of violent incidents and suicides among veterans returning from Iraq.

But as more has been learned about Barnes, it appears that his troubles may have had little to do with his service in Iraq or his having been stationed at Lewis-McChord.

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Written by Alex

January 4, 2012 at 12:55 pm