Police find robbery suspect naked and bound with duct tape

  1. [From tenessean.com - Middle Tennessee News & Information]

    Police find robbery suspect naked and bound with duct tape

    Thursday, 07/10/03

    The attempted robbery suspect was already subdued when Metro police arrived on the scene; he also was naked and bound with duct tape.

    The treatment was courtesy of two men, a store employee and a truck driver making a delivery, who overpowered the would-be robber yesterday at the Dollar General store at 3852 Dickerson Pike, police said.

    The suspect, Gregory Leon Bell, 38, of Ward Street was arrested and charged with five counts of attempted aggravated robbery. He was being held in Metro Jail last night in lieu of $250,000 bail.

    The two men overpowered the suspect when he tried to rob the store about 7:30 a.m.

    Police said Bell walked up to a loading dock behind the store with his shirt pulled over his face and told employees unloading a truck that he had a gun.

    Bell grabbed manager Patricia Dutton, 41, by the throat and forced her, three other store employees and the truck driver into the building, police said.

    ''I'm sure he choked her to show that he meant business,'' said Metro Robbery Lt. Patrick Taylor.

    Bell finally released his grasp on Dutton and grabbed employee Charles Hedge, 25, police said.

    Hedge saw the man was unarmed and fought with him before truck driver Michael Minter, 40, joined in the scuffle.

    Hedge and Minter stripped the suspect, duct-taped his arms and legs and took him to a street corner to wait for police, investigators said.
  2. 11 Comments

  3. by   debralynn
    its nice to see justice still prevails at times!
  4. by   night owl
    Amen to that!
  5. by   Shamrock
    Whoa, now they will probably be sued for something (lewd and lacivious conduct?) by the robber!!
  6. by   cwazycwissyRN
    yup duck tape can truly be used for a multitude of purposes...
  7. by   Tweety
    cwazycwissyRN, I was thinking the same thing. Good old duct tape. Wonder what the purpose of stripping him was. To look for weapons, to make him vulnerable? Sounds kinky, nudity, duct tape...opps...I digress.
  8. by   P_RN
    I think they just had to strip search him and he got rowdy ergo duct tape. The standing on the corner......watching all the girls go by maybe?
  9. by   gwenith
    Hmmm There is some historical precedent - I doubt everyone who was put inot the stocks was fully clothed.

    Honestly though, I sometimes wonder whether our system of locking someone up is the best way. For some people teh stocks my be a better punishment - public humiliation. Sigh! perhaps it is just the barbarian in me coming out.

    It was on our new last night Australias most prolific peadophile is about to be sentenced. 62 young girls from age 1-16!!!! They are talking about not only throwing away the key but burying it somewhere in the Simpson Desert!!!
  10. by   karenG
    another use for duct tape..................hope he had hairy legs.......that would hurt coming off!!

  11. by   NICU_Nurse
    You know, I'd bet my grits that they undressed him so he wouldn't attempt to run away. Make him as vulnerable as possible and all that. He's less likely to bolt, perhaps, if his flagpole is waving in the sunshine...more people are more likely to remember something like that running down the street, don't you think?

    Too bad the duct tape companies can't use that as a selling point...

    Speaking of which, if KY Jelly can put out a brochure listing the ways it can be used in day to day life (including as wheel greaser and hair gel!) maybe the duct tape companies should put out an ad touting their tape as the new leg/bikini wax...?
  12. by   Spidey's mom
    Gwenith . . . good idea about the stocks. Public humiliation. Shame.

    It could work.

  13. by   canoehead
    I tried duct tape as a waxing alternative. Your leg hair has to be looong (braidable) and even then only about half sticks.

    The bioclusive we use at work takes it all off though, I wonder if I left the tape on for a few days if it would "gel" and work better.

    Nah, people would probably make fun of me.