"Smooth" Criminal is Really "Dumbest" Criminal

Dum Dum stick-up kid robs retired cop at police convention

Friday, Mar 27, 2009  |  Updated 10:30 PM EDT
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"Smooth" Criminal is Really "Dumbest" Criminal

Associated Press

Jerome Marquis Blanchett says he's "smooth." He's not.

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HARRISBURG, Pa. — A retired New York City Police Department cop says he was robbed by "probably the dumbest criminal in Pennsylvania."

It happened Friday morning at police officers' convention near Harrisburg, where 300 narcotics officers from Pennsylvania and Ohio were gathered.

John Comparetto, a retired NYPD Lt., says as he came out of a stall in the men's room, a man was pointing a gun in his face and demanding his money.

Comparetto gave up his money and cell phone. But when the man fled, Comparetto and some colleagues chased him. They arrested 19-year-old Jerome Marquis Blanchett of Harrisburg as he was trying to leave in a taxi.

When a reporter asked Blanchett for comment as he was led out of court, he said, "I'm smooth."

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