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Robbery is the crime of taking or attempting to take anything of value by force, threat of force or by putting the victim in fear. At common law, robbery is defined as taking the property of another, with the intent to permanently deprive the person of that property, by means of force or fear. Precise definitions of the offence may vary between jurisdictions. Robbery is differentiated from other forms of theft (such as burglary, shoplifting or car theft) by its inherently violent nature (a violent crime); whereas many lesser forms of theft are punished as misdemeanors, robbery is always a felony in jurisdictions that distinguish between the two. Under English law, most forms of theft are triable either way, whereas robbery is triable only on indictment. The word "rob" came via French from Late Latin words (e.g. deraubare) of Germanic origin, from Common Germanic raub -- "theft".
Among the types of robbery are armed robbery involving use of a weapon and aggravated robbery involving use of a deadly weapon or something that appears to be a deadly weapon. Highway robbery or "mugging" takes place outside or in a public place such as a sidewalk, street, or parking lot. Carjacking is the act of stealing a car from a victim by force. Extortion is the threat to do something illegal, or the offer to not do something illegal, in the event that goods are not given, primarily using words instead of actions. Criminal slang for robbery includes "blagging" (armed robbery, usually of a bank) or "stick-up" (derived from the verbal command to robbery targets to raise their hands in the air), and "steaming" (organized robbery on underground train systems).
I came across this video today and posted it after an incident (not a carjacking/robbery) that I experienced in Seattle last Friday. See separate post in this area of the Forums.
Washington Gun Law President, William Kirk, discusses a recent video that has been kicking around the online...
A man accused of trying to rob a north Seattle smoke shop has died after being shot by the employee of the business, according to police.
The shooting happened just after 4 p.m. at the King Smoke Shop at the intersection of 15th Avenue Northwest and Northwest 80th Street.
Seattle Police Chief...
AUBURN, Wash. — A suspect who tried robbing a victim outside an Auburn business Tuesday night was shot and killed after exchanging gunfire.
Authorities were called to a fatal shooting in the 200 block of Auburn Way South just after 9 p.m. Police said a man was leaving a business when the...
Two men who police believe were part of an armed home invasion robbery at a Puyallup apartment complex were instead shot themselves when they ran into an armed tenant, according to Puyallup Police.
Gunfire erupted just before 11 p.m. in the 3100 block of Main Street, according to Puyallup...
About 14 minutes later, police said they were called to a robbery at Yeager’s Sporting Goods, where shots were fired.
When officers arrived they found a man on the floor with a gunshot wound to his chest, being held down by store employees. He was taken to Peace Health St. Joseph Medical...
A man was killed during a gun battle with two other men who had followed him home from work and tried to rob him outside his Fife home, according to police.
It was around 6 p.m. when police received reports of gunfire in the 3800 block of 62nd Ave. East, according to Chief Pete Fisher with Fife...
The Washington State Legislature has passed a bill to remove the crime of second-degree robbery from the list of crimes subject to the three strikes law, which comes with an automatic life sentence.
The bill had previously passed the Senate, and passed the House Tuesday largely along...
A young man armed with a handgun came into the "My Garage" auto repair shop in Trotwood, OH last night, and demanded that employees turn over all the cash that the business had on hand.
However, the shop's manager, who has an Ohio CCW permit, instead pulled out his own handgun. When the gunman...
This clown gets shot and comes back for more. The link has the video.
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TULSA, Okla. (KTUL) -- The owner of <broken link removed> has released graphic surveillance video showing a violent run-in with an armed robber.
Tulsa police responded to the store near 12th and...
At 03:30 this morning 4 guys using 2 car's attempted to steal gun's from the SKAGIT SHOOTING RANGE drove one car though the door and the other was for the get away but they got nothing all firearms where locked up this the range that I go to all the time there is a gun store connect to it but...