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Stupid Case File for January 31, 2005

Shopping at Gunpoint

Courtesy of WCMH-TV

Thousands of people shop at Wal-Mart every day, but few do so at gunpoint.

WCMH-TV of Columbus, Ohio, reports that Jeremy Schumacher, 26, came home from work at about 2 a.m. last Thursday morning when two guys with a gun ambushed him outside his front door.

They told him they wanted to go shopping.

Rifling through Schumacher's wallet, they found no money, but did turn up a credit card belonging to his girlfriend, Pamela Logan, also 26.

Logan was inside Schumacher's home. The gunmen made her come outside as well.

Police say the hapless couple was forced into Schumacher's car, then made to drive to an ATM, where Logan was forced to withdraw cash.

After that, it was time to go shopping. The gunmen allegedly made Schumacher drive to a 24-hour Wal-Mart, and gave Logan a shopping list: two Sony PlayStations.

Schumacher was held hostage in the car as Logan went inside.

Once in the store, Logan ran into a problem, which quickly became a solution.

"They were out of PlayStations," Logan told the TV station. "So my next thing was, 'I really would like to speak to somebody — a security officer.'"

Police cars soon showed up, but before the cops could corral the bad guys, they made Schumacher drive off.

Against his will, he led police on a high-speed chase, with vehicles hitting 100 mph, before running into a residential dead end.

Out of options, the gunmen apparently tried one last hare-brained gambit.

"When we got here, the guy threw the gun in my lap," Schumacher told WCMH. "The cops were all with shotguns. [The gunman] says, 'Tell the cops it's your gun.'"

Schumacher, no longer at gunpoint, refused.

Stanley Carr Jr. and Hamp Allen, both 18, were arrested and charged with aggravated robbery.

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