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Police and Crime Briefs – May 11, 2020

Man waves gun in parking lot, and in previous incident, tells a liquor store clerk he’s above the law and the COVID quarantine does not apply to him

Police took a man to Indiana University Health Bloomington, and confiscated his weapons after he waved a gun in the parking lot of the Quality Inn Saturday.

Police responded to 1100 W. Rappel Ave, at approximately 1:37 p.m., May 9, and located a 31-year-old man with a loaded 9mm handgun, and an AR-15 rifle chambered in NATO 5.56x45mm, 5-10 feet away in an open gun case, according to BPD Capt. Ryan Pedigo.

Police determined the same man had gone into Hoosier Liquors Friday night at about 8:15 p.m. and began yelling at the clerk about being part of a “power military group.” When the clerk asked the man to leave the store due to store policy during the pandemic the man told her he was above the law, and quarantine orders do not apply to him, according to the police.

Police officers said they noted the man seemed very confused, and delusional, so he was transported to IU Health Bloomington for an immediate detention, and his firearms, and ammunition were confiscated, and secured.

(Editor’s note: A 5.56x45mm AR-15 rifle is the civilian equivalent of an M16 rifle long used by the United States military, except the AR-15 fires one round at a time, rather than having the ability to fire on full auto. The 5.56x45mm round, designed for military use in the 1950s, is extremely deadly, and the bullet tumbles upon entry causing maximum damage. An AR-15 has all the attributes of an assault rifle, except it doesn’t have a selector switch making it capable of firing like a machine gun on full auto. The same round is also used in other modern military rifles currently in use by American and foreign armed forces. The Soviets were also so impressed, and afraid of the deadliness of the round, they designed their own version of the ammunition for the 1974 AK-74 assault rifle, which first saw use in Afghanistan. To further add confusion, and AR style rifle can be used with other types of ammunition other than 5.56x45mm by changing parts on the gun, which is modular in its design. A search on Wikipedia, or Google, will reveal a myriad of options.)

Counterfeit money used in area supermarkets

Counterfeit bills were used at two different Kroger locations Sunday night, according to the Bloomington Police Department.

In the first instance police responded to the Kroger at about 6:55 p.m. Sunday, after two counterfeit 100-dollar bills were used to make purchase, according to the police. Surveillance video showed a man and woman in the store together, but splitting up pay for items, making small purchases with the fake bills. Police are still attempting to identify the man and woman.

In the second instance police responded to the Kroger at 1825 N. Kinser Pike at approximately 7:53 p.m., after two women used counterfeit money to purchase items. One of the females made a small purchase, and received change for a counterfeit bill, however, the other woman tried to use a counterfeit bill, but it was discovered to be fake. Police said the women then got into the same vehicle, and fled the area.

Worker assaulted at IU Health Bloomington Hospital

A hospital patient beat up a worker at IU Health Bloomington Hospital, Sunday morning, according to the Bloomington Police Department.

When officers arrived at approximately 8:55 a.m., when found a 41-year-old man, who said a patient had got angry, and battered him. The man told the police the suspect attempted to punch him, then shoved him down to the floor, tore his scrub shirt before being physically restrained by several hospital staff members, according to the BPD. Police did not specify why the patient was angry.

A probably cause affidavit was submitted requesting the man, who was wanted on an outstanding warrant from Vigo County, be charged with battery, a B class misdemeanor, according to the police.

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