Armed Robbers Pick Wrong Venue: Bar Filled With Cops

'It's kind of odd you would even attempt it,' bar owner says
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 1, 2017 11:44 AM CDT
Armed Robbers Pick Wrong Venue: Bar Filled With Cops
Joseph McInnis III, left, and Tyree McCoy   (Baltimore County Police Department, via the Baltimore Sun)

There's never really a "right" place or time to try to pull off an armed robbery, but some places and times are worse than others, as two suspects found out Tuesday. Per the Baltimore Sun, off-duty Baltimore County cops attending a fellow officer's retirement party at Monaghan's Pub in Woodlawn, Md., had to temporarily go back to work when two masked men approached the bar's carryout counter around 5:30pm, demanded cash, and then fled. Luckily for the bar owner, there were "dozens" of police officers at the party, and once they were alerted to the crime that had just taken place, some of the cops ran out and took the suspects into custody not far from the scene, per WBAL-TV. Arrested were 21-year-old Joseph McInnis III and 22-year-old Tyree McCoy.

"I'm sure that they weren't planning on there being a large room filled with police officers," one officer says of the suspects. The bar's owner, Jack Milani, said he was shocked anyone would even try such a stunt—because his bar is right across the street from a precinct station. "It's kind of odd you would even attempt it," he tells the Sun of the robbery, which resulted in no reported injuries. "[Officers] are always in here." McInnis and McCoy have been charged with robbery, theft, and related offenses and are being held without bond at the Baltimore County Detention Center. (Read more armed robbery stories.)

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