First Degree Robbery at Knife Point
A bar patron drove a female employee home. He apparently was smitten for her. Along the way, the female asked him to stop the vehicle so that she could urine. She exited the vehicle and walked around the corner to handle her business. While the patron was waiting in his idling vehicle, an unknown male approached him with a displayed knife. The unknown man demanded the patron’s money. As he produced the cash from inside his pocket, the robber snatched the money, cut the patron on the neck and fled the area on foot. The female returned to the car moment after the robber departed. They then notified authorities. A police investigation later revealed that the female set the patron up for the robbery. The robber was actually her brother. She confessed this to police during interrogation. Police then responded to her brother’s apartment. He invited them in, consented to a search and also confessed his involvement in the robbery. A search of his apartment yielded a kitchen knife located on the bathroom sink that appeared to have blood on its blade. Based on the man’s confession, his sister’s incriminating statement against him and the discovery of weapon in his home, police arrested him for armed robbery. The man appeared in Court for arraignment and was held without bail pending the outcome of an evidentiary bail hearing. On the morning of the hearing, while prepared to move forward, Attorney Calcagni successfully persuaded prosecutors and the Court to release his client on bail.