Gunman Returns $2 to Woman He Robbed, Says He Had Wrong Person

The man told his tearful victim he was sorry after sticking a gun in her face and taking her last $2.

$2. Credit: Joseph Hosey
$2. Credit: Joseph Hosey
An apologetic armed robber returned his victim's $2 and fled into the night after menacing her with a pistol.

The gunman struck about 9 p.m. in the parking lot of O'Charley's Irish Pub.

Police say a woman pulled into the parking lot of the North Center Street bar and was changing out of her work clothes when there was a rap on her driver's side window.

The woman rolled down her window and the knocker stuck a gun in her face and demanded her money.

The woman gave the bandit $2, told him it was all she had and started to cry. She also showed him her empty wallet.

The gunman then said he was sorry and told her he thought she was someone else before taking off.

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the duellist February 05, 2014 at 08:12 AM
there's a difference between this thief and the US govt- the govt doesn't care if it's your last 2 bucks- they are going to take it from you anyway(and also using guns as a motivator).
Kelly O' February 05, 2014 at 08:14 AM
American Citizen: I agree with everything except the lottery thing. The IL State Lottery has robbed folks of way more money than all of the hold up losers. IJS
American Citizen February 05, 2014 at 08:24 AM
Kelly I feel the same way as you with the lottery meaning they will take her money they dont care if its her last dollar my comment was a jab towards illinois lottery and the state of illinois
joe February 05, 2014 at 08:36 AM
Hmm, what am I missing here? I thought gambling was a personal choice, and the lottery is gambling. The odd's of winning are astronomical but if one want's too play, then it's their personal choice, not the choice of the lottery.
Patchitupnow February 05, 2014 at 10:07 AM
Why we need and have Conceal Carry!
American Citizen February 05, 2014 at 10:20 AM
Yes it is your choice to put your money into the lottery but isnt the lottery suppose to help schools with money an the tollway was suppose to eliminate tolls after it was paid off and its ok for the state to raise our taxes to pay for their pensions I wonder if the schools even get the tax money we pay in
Ex Jolietian February 05, 2014 at 10:39 AM
Good morning citizens of Joliet. It seems my comments about the Evergreen Terrace Housing Project has upset a few people. Let me be clear.... Evergreen Terrace was built in the late 1960's.. and it's been downhill ever since. It is like a slow growing cancer ... a tumor ..... first destroying the immediate neighborhood.. and then creeping outwards. The tenants of Evergreen Terrace are responsible for this. The City of Joliet and the US Government is equally responsible... for allowing this disease to be originally built. This Housing Project is a magnet for criminals and drug activity. Even if it is torn down... it's TOO LATE. The damage is done. Move from Joliet and save yourself. Regards. Ex Jolietian.
gizzyTHEgreat February 05, 2014 at 10:53 AM
This story just warms my heart. What a class act. If we had more gentlemen like him in Joliet it would be a nicer place. kudos to the knocker.
GOLFN72 February 05, 2014 at 11:12 AM
Isn't there a police station or something at Evergreen? Its not there because of all the nice people living and hanging out there.
Ex Jolietian February 05, 2014 at 11:17 AM
The city was posting a squad car in the parking lot 24/7. I'm not sure if they still do. Even the 6 foot wrought iron fence they built around this Housing Project didn't slow down the criminals.
rod February 05, 2014 at 11:25 AM
So what you're saying is every single tenant that lived in Evergreen since the late 1960's is responsible for the decline of the neighborhood? I have no words for your ignorance.
Ex Jolietian February 05, 2014 at 11:31 AM
Morning Rod... did I say that? The crime rate in the area jumped dramatically when Evergreen Terrace was built. It has steadily increased over the years. Why do you think the City of Joliet parked a squad car there for years? Why does the city want to tear down the entire complex? If you talk to any property owner in the area.. they will tell you the same thing. Evergreen Terrace destroyed the neighborhood. I'm sure there have been residents who have been law aiding citizens living there.. but they are the exception. Wake up... and smell the roses son.
GOLFN72 February 05, 2014 at 11:42 AM
Hope your not saying O'Charley's is in a nice neighborhood...
Ex Jolietian February 05, 2014 at 11:51 AM
Hi Golfn72... YES... it is a terrible neighborhood. Did you forget the murder in the Wendy's parking lot a few years ago? That is less than one block away. Follow the police crime reports in the Patch.. and notice how many crimes happen within 4-5 blocks of Evergreen Terrace. Amy... I don't live in Washington DC but I follow what is happening to our country... your point is ?
Ex Jolietian February 05, 2014 at 12:04 PM
Hi Amy. The fact that your friend was robbed in a high crime area should bother you. Of course crime happens everywhere in Joliet.. but you are more apt to get robbed in a high crime area. The reason crime is higher in this area is because most of the good law abiding citizens have sold their homes and moved out. This is because of Evergreen Terrace. What don't you understand?
Ex Jolietian February 05, 2014 at 12:16 PM
Hi Amy.. I'm still doing the math... and visiting this bar "millions of times this summer" sounds like an exaggeration to me. You are part of the problem if you can't admit that Evergreen Terrace is a magnet for criminals and drugs. Talk to the police.. they'll tell you the same thing.
Amy Pryzbylo February 05, 2014 at 12:19 PM
No what I'm saying is evergreen isn't even brought up in the article whatsoever at all. Point blank is it mentioned in the article once? Absolutely not. And to talk to the police I know a lot of police I've interned with will county. I never said evergreen wasn't a problem I'm simply saying it isn't even brought up in the article yet your fascinated with it. So no I'm not part of the problem I'm just not fascinated about something that no one has brought up to be an issue yet, except for you
American Citizen February 05, 2014 at 12:22 PM
You can take the rat out of the hood but you cant take the hood out of the rat
Marina Christiansen February 05, 2014 at 12:39 PM
That project was built by Bill Barr, a politician. It has ruined the neighborhood and is a dangerous place to have in that area of town. It is definitely projects and just few blocks from there are homes and residence that take pride in their neighborhood for years now. It is a sad thing for both parties involved.
Ex Jolietian February 05, 2014 at 12:53 PM
The main part of Cathedral Area has remained relatively stable.. but Oneida Street and Campbell Streets from Center to Wilcox is getting rough. The same is true just north of the Cathedral Area. This Project was built with guaranteed loans/tax credits from HUD. It was rebuilt in the late 70's/early 80's after the residents destroyed it. At that point it should have been torn down.
Marina Christiansen February 05, 2014 at 12:59 PM
This is not the Cathedral area. This is on Larkin. I know the area near the Cathedral that you are speaking of and you are right. That whole Bluff area is an area to stay away from and yet people have to live there but are afraid to go their cars. What a sad thing that some people work hard for a living and others just wait to take it a way from them.
Ex Jolietian February 05, 2014 at 01:06 PM
Hi Marina. O'Charley's is at Center and Oneida streets... just a few short blocks from the Cathedral Area.
the duellist February 05, 2014 at 01:07 PM
we used to hang out at O'C's 20 years ago and that area was shady back then.
Ex Jolietian February 05, 2014 at 01:17 PM
Back in the day.. that tavern was called The College Inn. There was a Clark Gas Station, Farhner's drug store and Borden's Ice Cream shop on the other corners. Weber's Dairy was around the corner. The neighborhood was safe and people were civilized.
BKellz February 05, 2014 at 03:42 PM
Ex Jolietian were you a messy baby? Cause you sure the Hell messy now!! Go smoke something and calm down old man.
Judith Studer February 05, 2014 at 04:07 PM
Ex jolietan 100% correct.
blessedone February 05, 2014 at 05:33 PM
Evergreen still not responsible for the crime that happens in the area. Have you been there or even live there lately that place is ran like a prison. And the only reason the city wants it is too sell it to the Harris . Trust me the person who did this didnt stay in evergreen they would of been caught trying to get back in there
Ex Jolietian February 05, 2014 at 05:44 PM
Good afternoon blessedone. I don't live in Chicago but I know where the bad neighborhoods are... you point is? It's not just Evergreen Terrace. The good property owners started leaving years ago.. and they've been replaced by hood rats and thugs. Evergreen Terrace is the heart of the tumor... and the cancer has spread throughout the neighborhood. Don't believe me... stop a cop and ask him.
Ex Jolietian February 05, 2014 at 05:46 PM
BTW.. I don't know who Harris is... but if you're referring to the downtown Casino... they don't want the property. About 17-18 years ago the city proposed tearing down this property and putting in a Greenway.. like they did on Broadway Street north of Ruby.
Homewood Jim February 09, 2014 at 08:58 AM
tojo - you have delineated an inconvenient truth, which will be totally rejected by the leftwingers. Why? Because they - the liberal Democrats - created it. When the Dems invented ADC - Aid to Dependent Children - they created an econonomic incentive for single mothers to have more kids. More kids = more money. Unfortunately, the gubmint paid for HAVING kids, but had no requirement to RAISE the kids. To keep those welfare checks coming, all that was required was to keep voting Democrat. Never forget - if you want more of something, subsidize it; if you want less of something, tax it. It's tragically sad that the welfare mothers can make criminals faster than the police can put them away.


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