A robber hit with a bat on Tuesday by his intended victim must be feeling even more foolish today. According to Chicago police, 53-year-old Cornell Mack is one of two robbers who became inadvertent You Tube stars when they fumbled an armed robbery in Quizhpe’s Gifts and Sports in Chicago’s Logan Square.
A surveillance video captured the footage of the two armed robbers entering the store, where they threatened owner Luis Quizhpe and his brother-in-law Luis Ernesto Aucaquizhpe.
Quizhpe had been robbed before, and he wasn’t interested in humoring the robbers. The fiesty 62-year-old started beating at the men with a bat. They tried to shoot but they apparently didn’t have the best aim.
Then they tried to run away, but customers have to be buzzed in and out, so the door wouldn’t open. They turned back and tried to attack again.
Aucaquizhpi assisted in fighting off the robbers by throwing a chair and then using a fire extinguisher.
Eventually, the robbers managed to flee the scene. Luckily for all concerned, the shooter had missed most of the ten shots he reportedly fired, although maybe anybody would have trouble shooting straight while beating beaten with a baseball bat.
He did manage to hit Quizhpe in the leg, but the spirited store owner is recovering well and is already out of the hospital.
The sloppy shooter also managed to hit his accomplice Cornell Mack — allowing the police to arrest the incompetent crook when he showed up at Stroger Hospital in Chicago’s South Side.
Mack has allegedly confessed to the crime. Now charged with attempted first-degree murder, armed robbery, and discharge of a firearm, his bail has been set at $750,000.
The other robber hasn’t yet been named.
I have to admire the two brother-in-laws’ courage, but I think I might have just buzzed the robbers out and let the cops run them down later. What about you? Would you fight back against a gun by hitting a robber with a bat?
[Chicago photo courtesy “Towpilot” via Wikipedia Commons]