Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Heat

Somewhat embarrassingly, at the very moment we were typing up Monday's post about Semana Santa's security overkill, four assailants, including (awesome!) two women, were engaged in a six-hour running fire fight with police after trying to rob a pawn shop with a mini-arsenal that included an AK-47 and an AR-15. (Note to Fox News: seventeen'll get you ninety I can tell you where these came from.)

In what had to be an unplanned bit of fortunate timing, the robbers pulled their job while every cop in town was a mile and a half away at the Semana Santa photo-op. Unfortunately, this meant that when they did show up, literally the entire police force came at once. At which point our over-armed and under-trained officers, enjoying vast numerical and ballistic superiority, somehow managed to allow a simple armed robbery to turn into a six-hour running gun battle through the streets of a crowded city. Three people were injured, one of them seriously.

Update: Upon closer reading, we see that there were nine robbers involved, meaning that, with every cop in the city on scene, five of the robbers managed to get away. Nice. Also, one of the wounded was a tourist who got winged with a bullet while eating breakfast at a nearby hotel. Spring break of course, is still perfectly safe.

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Are you saying that this gun battle took place in your town and you didn't know about it?

M

Burro Hall said...

Well, it's a pretty large town.

Anonymous said...

No excuse. Don't you have a nose for news?

M

Lazlo Lozla said...

As any Queretano would tell you, it's all those out-of-towners' fault...

late 50's said...

I just discovered your blog a few days ago, enjoyed it so much I went back and read all your posts back to the beginning. I travel to Mexico for several months each year, and know Qte. very well.
I really miss the country when I am not there. Now as to the current post, re: local crime did you happen to see this article in the Qte. paper, and did you notice the criminal in the middle of the group? Look here: http://www.oem.com.mx/diariodequeretaro/notas/n1117402.htm

late 50's said...

just noticed that the bozo ladaron in question is actually depected on the current front page of Diario de Queretaro-today's April 9 edition.

Burro Hall said...

Jesus, you read 1650 posts in one sitting? I'm not sure if that's foolish or heroic, but I appreciate it nonetheless.

Half the ten-year-olds in this town look like that fat guy. I'm predicting a roundup.