Fight Crime With Cheese and Wine

A Gate Crasher’s Change of Heart. Armed robber breaks into Capitol Hill home during a small summer party, points a gun at your 14 year old daughter’s head, and demands money. What do you do? What do you do?

Why, offer wine and cheese before ending with a group hug, of course. A taste of the Chateau Malescot St-Exupéry and Camembert, coupled with some good old-fashioned D.C. hospitality, and the would-be perp goes from Thug to Hug in ten minutes. Party guest Michael Rabdau described it as a “love fest”:

“I was definitely expecting there would be some kind of casualty. He was very aggressive at first; then it turned into a love fest. I don’t know what it was …. There was this degree of disbelief and terror at the same time,” Rabdau said. “Then it miraculously just changed. His whole emotional tone turned — like, we’re one big happy family now. I thought: Was it the wine? Was it the cheese?”

Bizarre story, happy ending. Hurrah for overcoming evil with good. I still hope they can find and arrest the guy, of course. Maybe he’ll get even more sweet lovin’ in Corrections.

3 Comments so far

  1. MBFan#2 (unregistered) on July 13th, 2007 @ 2:04 pm

    I know this will sound screwy but maybe the guy lost his faith in humanity and was acting out. He decides he’s going to do something stupid but he is confronted with a generosity he didn’t expect and suddenly his faith is renewed. The 14 yr old probably doesn’t even look 14 and he didn’t know it was a kid he was pointing a gun at.

    I realize that the bottom line is, he entered private property, wielding a weapon and things could have gone horribly wrong. I am still curious to know what his motivation was, in addition to the obvious. Just another perspective. Sometimes a good person does unreasonable things when driven to desperation.

    Unfortunately, no one asked why the woman who offered the would-be robber why she did what she did. It definitely was the turning point in a potentially dangerous situation.


  2. don (unregistered) on July 13th, 2007 @ 8:49 pm

    well she made the right call. I would have taken the hostage out of the equation.


  3. Carl Weaver (unregistered) on July 13th, 2007 @ 11:59 pm

    I probably would have gotten at least one gut wound as I tried to wrestle the gun away. But I am a dumbass when it comes to these things.



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