News of Weird: Man Holds Up Convenience Store With Tennis Racquet

02-16-2007, 06:18 PM
Happy Friday :wavey:

(CBS ( CABAZON, Calif. A man was arrested after he tried to rob a gas station convenience store near the Morongo Casino with a tennis racket he claimed was an Uzi assault rifle, authorities said.

Ernesto Martinez, 20, of Cathedral City, allegedly pulled up about 2 a.m. to the Morongo Travel Center at 49020 Seminole Drive and entered the store with a tennis racket, said Riverside County sheriff's Sgt. Scott Baeckel.

Martinez "yelled out that he was armed with an Uzi assault rifle, he was robbing the store, and that he was going to kill everyone inside and burn the building down. He then began lighting a piece of paper on fire and pointing the tennis racket as if it were a gun," the sergeant said.

A security guard disarmed Martinez of the tennis racket and handcuffed him, Baeckel said.

Martinez was arrested on suspicion of robbery, criminal threats, arson and being under the influence of a controlled substance.

He was booked at the Larry D. Smith Correctional Facility in Banning and is expected to appear at the Southwest Justice Center on Wednesday.

Horatio Caine
02-16-2007, 06:20 PM
Had to be in the US :spit: :haha: :haha:

02-16-2007, 06:27 PM
:haha: :haha: I've been out there. Tennis is quite popular out there, that's near Indian Wells :haha:

That's hilarious

02-16-2007, 06:35 PM

"disarmed him of the tennis racquet" - :lol:

02-16-2007, 07:14 PM
I love the image that conjures up of a security guard impatiently walking up to him and saying, "Come on, gimme that!" and grabbing it like you would divest a small child of a toy.

And on a side note: ooh, there's a place called Cathedral City in the US! I hope they make fine cheeses there.

02-16-2007, 07:20 PM
what a twat

02-17-2007, 01:08 AM
haha.. thanks for the laugh. :)

02-17-2007, 01:22 AM
If his name weren't given, I would think I had met this guy, but no.

02-17-2007, 01:51 AM
And on a side note: ooh, there's a place called Cathedral City in the US! I hope they make fine cheeses there.Sorry to say, it's in the desert and there's not really a whole lot there except lots of complexes for retirees to live in :p

02-17-2007, 01:59 AM
The defendent could use help. My avatar is available;)

02-17-2007, 07:03 AM
Maybe he wanted a game lol.

02-17-2007, 07:14 AM