DC: Tow Truck Driver Charged with 2nd Degree Murder After Killing Man that Robbed Him

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  1. nazdrowie

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    Tow truck driver charged with murder after police say he ran down man who robbed him


    By Peter Hermann, Updated: Wednesday, January 1, 7:41 PM  

    Kevin Lewis Crouch walked into a tow lot in Northeast Washington on Tuesday afternoon and asked about a green car. But D.C. police said the 22-year-old man quickly pulled a gun on the tow truck driver who was trying to help him and demanded money.

    The driver began to run but tripped and fell, police said, and Crouch struck him twice in the head with the butt of his gun. The driver then heaved his wallet against a fence of the lot on Kenilworth Avenue.

    As Crouch went to grab the wallet, police said, the driver climbed into his white Isuzu tow truck and then fatally struck his assailant. On Wednesday, the victim of the armed robbery became a criminal suspect. Police charged Corey D. Stoddard, 35, of Northeast Washington, with second-degree murder  while armed, his tow truck being the weapon.

    Police said that Crouch was dragged along a sidewalk and that authorities found a pellet gun broken into three pieces under his body when they rolled him over to give him first aid. The death was ruled a homicide late Tuesday — the 104th and final slaying in the District last year.

    At Stoddard’s initial appearance in D.C. Superior Court on Wednesday, a judge ordered him released and placed in a high-intensity supervision program, meaning he must wear an electronic monitoring bracelet.

    A preliminary hearing has been scheduled for Jan. 22. Neither Stoddard nor his relatives could be reached for comment Wednesday. A person who answered the phone at the towing company, next to a gas station on the busy road that runs parallel to the Anacostia Freeway, declined to comment. No lawyer was listed on the court docket.

    In 2012, Stoddard was charged in the District with driving on a suspended license and possession of drugs; those charges were dismissed in September after court records show he successfully completed a drug treatment program and performed community service.

    Crouch, who lived in Southeast Washington, was convicted in 2009 in a carjacking in Prince George’s County, online court records show. He was 17 when he committed the offense and was held as an adult. Prosecutors dropped several gun and assault charges as part of a plea agreement, court records show. He was sentenced to four years, which were served in a youth facility.

    Attempts to reach Crouch’s relatives were unsuccessful Wednesday.

    The police report said the incident began about 12:45 p.m. as Stoddard was helping a customer remove a license plate from a vehicle. The report said Crouch walked into the lot and asked the customer, “Do you have a green car here?”

    Stoddard interjected, telling Crouch that the man didn’t work at the lot, and adding, “We don’t have any green car here.”

    He then asked Crouch, “Who told you we have your car here?”

    Crouch answered with an expletive, the police report said, and pulled out a dark-colored gun and pointed it at Stoddard. “Give the [expletive] up,” Crouch said, according to the police report.

    The customer ran to the back of the parking lot, hid behind a car and called police on his cellphone.

    Another employee who was nearby also ran. Police said Stoddard tried to run but slid near a gate in a fence and fell to the ground. “Crouch ran to Stoddard and struck him twice on the head with his pistol,” the police report said. “Stoddard then pulled out his wallet and threw it toward the fence and ran in the opposite direction.”

    Police said a witness saw Crouch run to the fence and apparently pick up the wallet. “Stoddard stated to officers that he ran back to the tow truck, which was parked on lot,” the report said. “He stated further that he got in the tow truck and ran over Crouch . . . by the corner of the fence.”

    Police said Crouch was dragged along a sidewalk and died less than three hours after arriving at a hospital in Prince George’s County.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/local...a33042-72ff-11e3-9389-09ef9944065e_story.html
     
  2. illicit305

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    i supervise a towing company in miami ....heard this before.....if the police can confirm that this guy was attacked and robbed.....being hit with the butt of a gun is good enough for attempted murder for me , this seems like an obvious "self defense" situation....the dude was working and he was robbed and attacked ......wtf was he supposed to do ?
     
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    Our justice system is so flawed...
     
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    Can't claim self defense because he went after the aggressor, at that point his life was no longer in danger...it sucks but he will prolly end up paying for killing the thief.
     
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    I forgot the name of the movie with Ethan Hawke I believe....it was a similar situation, good family man, some punk breaks into his house, thief gets caught in the act and tries to escape, gets beat to death with a bat on the front lawn of the house, dude ends up getting hit with 3 years for an involuntary manslaughter charge...I think through the movie he did like 3 extra years over BS...movie is sad as hell....but yeah, you get attacked, kill the aggressor while he's attacking you, don't chase him down after and kill him because at the very least you'll pay for involuntary manslaughter...

    Like I said, Justice system is :x
     
  6. cedric ceballos

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    Justice system is a joke. He needs some affluenza to beat the case.

    If you try and rob someone and for whatever reason your attempt backfires. No way should the person who took matters into his own hand get charged.
     
  7. illicit305

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    lawyer : my client was just hit in the head twice with a weapon , and was being robbed with that weapon . I dont think my client was in a fair state to say he " went after " the aggressor when the aggressor originally came into the lot where this person was working ? i know i dont know ish but hey , seems like a viable argument , guy has a couple arrests pertaining to drugs or car thefts ( every tow truck driver in the world trust ) , but it dont seem like hes the one pulling guns on people and robbing them and threatening lives.....
     
  8. 36 ounces

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    That movie was called Felon...
     
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  9. milestailsprowe

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    Honestly I dont see the issue here since he was robbed with a deadly weapon. Now the fact that he ran him over is a bit extreme but in the heat of the moment I can easily see myself doing the same.
     
  10. degenerate423

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    If there's clear evidence of the robbery taking place then dude should be awarded a medal for taking some scum bag out of our society.  Our "justice" system is anything but that, it's disgusting [​IMG].  The thing that sucks is we're so comfortable, myself included, that we'll never prompt a change to it...
     
  11. frankmatthews

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    whats disgusting is the amount of people in here that think death is a suitable punishment for robbery. I mean, where are you people from? China?
     
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  12. cedric ceballos

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    Oh look it's frankmarthews making excuses and rationalizing the behavior of the scum of the earth and sympathizing with them.

    What else is new. Maybe the robber here was just misunderstood and we shouldn't judge him.
     
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    So you rob someone, you die? That's your view of justice? Just to be clear.
     
  14. cedric ceballos

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    Isn't always the case but you run the risk of messing with the wrong person and if they decide to take matters into their own hands then that's life.

    A gun wasnt used in this case but there's a reason why people have a right to own a firearm.
     
  15. cedric ceballos

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    How about this though. Maybe people shouldn't try and rob or cause harm to others in the first place and they won't run the risk of trying the wrong person.
     
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    Yes! Death is a perfectly suitable punishment for armed robbery.

    Don't rob people if you don't want to deal with all the possible consequences... ESPECIALLY not with a weapon

    Can't even believe you or anyone thinks thats not a good reason to get killed

    We have laws so that we can live like civilized people and not like animals in the jungle. The second someone breaks those laws and threatens my life for my what belongs to me... They are stepping out of the protection of legal social contracts into the law of nature. Kill or be killed. 

    Most crimes and offenses pretty much boil down to taking what doesn't belong to you. That could be taking a wallet, taking someone's freedom to do something or live safely, or even taking away someone else's life.  No one should get to gamble on threatening someones life and only have to worry about losing some petty time or money. Once you step into that realm, all bets are off.
     
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  17. frankmatthews

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    Yes of course he took that risk and it ended up costing him, that IS life. It is criminal to take matters into your own hands, as you say, though. To sit here and talk about awarding someone for taking a life and what a travesty it is that he should face criminal charges is upsetting to me. Do you think if we kill all the killers we'll get rid of all the murderers?

    I feel like people act so anti-violence/anti-crime but yet advocate even more extreme violence and crime as a response to it.
     
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    I'm not really trying to argue with you but I will say there is a clear distinction between protecting your life from someone threatening it and taking revenge on someone who threatened your life. You can have your opinion but thankfully the justice systems of the entire western world disagree with you. :wink: Death, particularly without due process, is not a suitable punishment for armed robbery, ever, anywhere. Why you think it is is a reflection of your own insecurities and fears I would imagine.
     
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    lol your joking , right ?
     
  20. degenerate423

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    You make it seem like we're calling for the guy's head because he stole candy from a grocery store. Had the robber survived, he's liable to rob someone else and pull the trigger this time costing someone their life, for what? I don't want to live in a society where I have to watch my back because I have something as minute as a pair of Nikes.