November 24, 2008

A Bird In Hand

While roughly 6,600 of us have concealed carry permits here in Wake County, none were around yesterday when Fred Ervin robbed a BP gas station and then crossed the street to carjack a woman loading groceries into her car. When Ervin attacked Irene Moorman Bailey to get her keys, other shoppers who stepped in to stop the assault were forced to resort to fowl play:

"The lady was being beaten on the ground. She was lying on the ground and the guy was on top of her physically hitting her," shopper Randy Owens said.

Bystanders intervened and hit the man in the head with a frozen turkey that Bailey bought, police said.

"I was just grocery shopping, like any other day, and I happened to come out and I saw all this chaos that just had happened," shopper Leanne Sweet said.

"Several people interceded and tried to get him away from her," Owens said.

The man managed to get into Bailey's 2001 Nissan Maxima and hit five other cars while escaping from the parking lot, officers said.

"He backed across and he hit the Cadillac and our car, and hit another car that was parked," Owens said.

"My bumper's cracked and the whole side is dented in," Sweet said.

Officers found Fred Ervin, 30, in Bailey's car, Fuquay-Varina police said. Ervin was taken to WakeMed with a serious head wound. He was listed in fair condition Sunday evening.

When Ervin is released, police said he will face these charges: assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury, robbery, driving with a revoked license, hit and run and larceny.

I love my peeps.

Posted by Confederate Yankee at November 24, 2008 09:04 AM

I hope they decide to add a nice federal carjacking charge on top of it all, so he's cooped up for a looong time.

Posted by: Tim at November 24, 2008 09:10 AM

You can have my cold, dead poultry when you pry it from my, uh -- cold, clammy hands?

Posted by: RNB at November 24, 2008 10:13 AM

Obviously this only underscores the urgent need for the immediate registration of all Assault Turkeys. This tragedy could have been easily avoided if this deadly weapon had been properly restrained with a Giblet-Lock, or if the Federally Mandated six day waiting period for the purchase of Federally Restricted Fowl had been in place.

Posted by: Georg Felis at November 24, 2008 11:28 AM

Remember Georg, if we outlaw turkeys, only outlaws would have turkeys.

By the way, I am pro 2nd Admwndment, but that paraphrased sentence is the dumbest thing pur side has come up with.

Posted by: David at November 24, 2008 04:57 PM

If the state had not banned semi-auto turkeys he would have never gotten away in the first place. Those single shot turkeys are just too slow and inefficient for adequate personal defense.

Posted by: DC at November 24, 2008 06:28 PM