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Bloodied Cape Girardeau delivery driver reports being robbed at gunpoint

Friday, February 4, 2011

Staff working the Saturday night shift at the Cape Girardeau Police Department had a bit of a shocking experience when a man out of breath and covered in blood entered the lobby.

Around 7:45 p.m., the 47-year-old China Palace delivery man told police he had been assaulted and robbed by three men carrying firearms.

According to department spokesman Darin Hickey, the men allegedly pulled the delivery man inside a home for sale at 926 College St., where the victim was hit over the head with one of the pistols and suffered other serious injuries. The victim reported the suspects also stole about $2,900 in cash from him that he planned to use to buy a vehicle the following day.

"He was beat up, he was not shot," Hickey said.

After a brief interview with police at the station, the victim was transported to a hospital. Hickey wasn't sure if the man was still admitted.

There's no connection between the alleged suspects and the home that they dragged the victim into, Hickey said.

Authorities spoke to the owner of the residence and the owner said the for-sale sign had been taken out of the ground.

"There was nothing that indicated someone was living there at the time," Hickey said.

Police are asking anyone who may have witnessed suspicious activity between 7:15 and 7:45 p.m. Saturday or with any information about the incident to call the department at 335-6621.

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Timely reporting of the incident.

-- Posted by ParkerDaws on Thu, Feb 3, 2011, at 4:29 PM

Maybe the police just release the information. So quick to judge.

-- Posted by scadgrad23 on Thu, Feb 3, 2011, at 4:41 PM

Yeah, way to wait until Thursday while it's still fresh on the mind.

-- Posted by Boomstick on Thu, Feb 3, 2011, at 4:41 PM

I hope they are caught soon. These guys will sooner or later figure out how to use that pistol correctly.

-- Posted by rodgerdodger on Thu, Feb 3, 2011, at 4:47 PM

ParkerDaws and Boomstick:

We rely on daily logs filed by police to get initial information on most incidents, and our crime reporter calls every Monday to check on weekend crimes. This once didn't appear on any daily log, since the reporting incident actually happened at the police station, and police didn't inform us of the incident until today.

-- Posted by Matt Sanders on Thu, Feb 3, 2011, at 5:12 PM

No hate crime here!

-- Posted by thewonder on Thu, Feb 3, 2011, at 5:43 PM

This is very sad. The China Palace folks are lovely people and an asset to our community. I hope he recovers soon.

-- Posted by Bookdoc on Thu, Feb 3, 2011, at 6:12 PM

He is a very nice man and a friend of ours. After he was beaten very badly he was thrown into the basement where he managed to escape through a basement window. They stole his money and his car keys also.

-- Posted by semomom40 on Thu, Feb 3, 2011, at 6:48 PM

OMG! This is a horrible incindent! What kind of thugs live in this town any way? Not that a crime like the one that ocurred here should ever happen to anyone, but the people who run this business are just trying to make a decent living for themselves while giving us food that we enjoy. If I were them, I wouldn't even want to try to make deliveries if this is what's going to happen, which is a real shame because who hasn't been sitting around the house and then all of sudden finds themselves wanting Chinese take out and being too lazy to go get it?

-- Posted by sayswho? on Thu, Feb 3, 2011, at 6:51 PM

Personally I am aware that quite a lot of things don't make it onto the daily police reports. Is there some kind of unwritten code that only half the things the police respond to get put down in writing?

-- Posted by Tech_Dude on Thu, Feb 3, 2011, at 8:14 PM

I wouldn't of carried that much cash with me it should of been in the bank but now you hope every business that does deliveries will find a way to see if someone lives at the address they are delivering to or not so this dosent happen again!

-- Posted by capeguy30 on Thu, Feb 3, 2011, at 9:17 PM

In support of the China Palace folks, I will be having lunch there tomorrow. We should load up the place as a sign of support!

-- Posted by rodgerdodger on Thu, Feb 3, 2011, at 9:21 PM

One has to wonder why someone would carry $3000 around with them like that. It's a little strange.

-- Posted by Tech_Dude on Thu, Feb 3, 2011, at 10:04 PM

I would be picking certain areas of Cape in which I would not deliver.

-- Posted by grandma73 on Thu, Feb 3, 2011, at 10:08 PM

It may be too dangerous to carry that much cash but I have to wonder about the unemployable thugs that decided to take advantage of someone. Evidently they are chumps and feel they have to resort to violence to get dollars to buy the things they want. I am sure they didn't use it to pay a bill. They didn't care if they got $25 from him of 2900.00 so it wasn't like they robbed him because they knew he was carrying a lot of cash. The damage was done no matter how much he had. I mean, why in the world would they do something like get a job when they can just thug someone and eat the food he delivered? I mean, come on, they don't have time to work and support themselves! How about his customers showing some support for the delivery driver by making donations so he can purchase a vehicle?

-- Posted by susiequ on Fri, Feb 4, 2011, at 7:27 AM

How do we know they didn't know he had that much cash? Is it possible someone did and this was set up? An angle I hope the police may be investigating.

-- Posted by Katydid22 on Fri, Feb 4, 2011, at 8:58 AM

Sumting just not right with this story!!!

-- Posted by Jim P on Fri, Feb 4, 2011, at 9:14 AM

I have read through the comments and most of them are people trying to play police investigator, point fingers at the newspaper, and point fingers at the driver for carrying that much cash. First of all, the driver is a victim, which many of you seem to have forgotten. It doesn't matter if he had ten thousand dollars cash on him, that does not give anyone a right to beat him and take it from him. Maybe it is dangerous to have that much cash on him, but again he is a VICTIM of a violent crime

Let's focus on making this horrible situation for this victim better. Let's show our support and sympathy for him. If you have ever dealt with China Palace you should be aware that all of the employees are very nice and provide fast, accurate service to their customers. People should take a cash donation to the restuarant or order delivery and leave extra tip. We should do soemthing to help this man have a happier ending to a traumatic situation.

-- Posted by hardworkinggirl on Fri, Feb 4, 2011, at 10:31 AM

Reading about this kind of thing angers me, whether it be in my own town or hundreds of miles away. I supect it angers those reading this, too. Bottle up that anger, distill it, and turn it into resolve. The thugs will be caught, and they will have their day in court. That day will come a long time from now, long after feelings have subsided. But take that resolve and don't let the criminal justice system turn them back out on the street with probation, or slap their hands with a few weeks in the pokey. It can be said that any society has the level of crime it has because it tolerates that level of crime. Don't tolerate things like this. If your judges do, get rid of them and find ones that don't.

-- Posted by Mark Rutledge on Fri, Feb 4, 2011, at 12:15 PM

The victim can probably identify those that attacked him so they will probably be out to get him as he gets out of the hospital. Everyone please watch the events that are happening around you and report suspicious activity right away.

-- Posted by semomom40 on Fri, Feb 4, 2011, at 12:22 PM

I don't think that certain areas of the city are getting any safer, even with nice new brick roads and state grants. Any police office patroling our southern streets tonight would be able to find people spending their Friday pay check on something "special".

It was irresponsible to carry that amount of money around, especially when historically delivery drivers (and Taxi drivers)have been attacked for their money belts.

I hope the victim recovers fully, I am sure that was a very scary experience. I also hope this does not lead to "no go" areas in the town.

-- Posted by Tech_Dude on Fri, Feb 4, 2011, at 12:24 PM

The luckiest bandits in the world (or so it would seem).

-- Posted by Marion_Morrison on Fri, Feb 4, 2011, at 1:11 PM

They should know better...Never mess with a Chinese delivery guy...i saw the Bruce Lee movies...Hope they nab these diseased pigs!! :)

-- Posted by RedShirt on Fri, Feb 4, 2011, at 3:54 PM

How brave of these three thugs! While armed with guns and knives, they attack a defenseless chinese delivery person, beat and rob him and nearly kill him in the process. They must be proud of what they have done! Cowards they are!

Where is the "out-cry" from the people who live in the neighborhood? The more you keep quite and allow this to happen, the more it will happen. There is no doubt that more people than just the three thugs know who did this. Whoever you are, step forward and do the right thing!

-- Posted by arrestthem on Sat, Feb 5, 2011, at 8:30 AM


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