Would-Be Pennsylvania Robber Tries to Use Threat of Infection

“Give me the money, or I’ll infect you,” doesn’t seem to be a scary line while attempting to commit a robbery, but a Pennsylvania man used the threat of a staph infection to try to steal loot from a gambling establishment.

Fred Parker, 41, walked into an “Internet sweepstakes parlor” in Sharon and walked up to the cashier and asked for money. If the cashier didn’t cooperate, Parker threatened to touch and infect him with an antibiotic-resistant strain of MRSA.

And if that wasn’t enough, Parker also handed the cashier a note claiming to be an “officer with the U.S. gambling commission.”

The cashier was unsurprisingly not moved by Parker, and refused to hand over any money. Thanks to a description given to police, Parker was arrested a short time later.

What did Parker get for his “brilliant” tactic? Along with robbery, police also charged him with marking terrorist threats.

He remains in jail after being unable to post bond.

Posted by Brent Dirks on Jan 18, 2012

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