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Bizarre crimes from Charlotte police files (Nov. 21)

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Romantic Walk: A 21-year-old man was brought to the hospital after a walk with his girlfriend turned ugly. The man and woman told police they were walking down South Boulevard when they passed a bus stop. A man waiting on the bench suddenly yelled, "Why you walking up on me?" and stabbed the male victim. He was treated at a hospital for minor injuries and released.

Break Fast: Police responded to a disturbance call at a west Charlotte hotel after a couple of men weren't able to eat in peace. Employees told the police the men were eating the hotel's free breakfast, but they were not patrons. The men came to the front desk to confront an employee about some property one claimed was stolen from him. One of them jumped over the counter and pushed the employee around. The victim called police, and the two men grabbed some food and ran out of the building.

Broken Promice: Management at Osso Restaurant in the N.C. Music Factory are now pursuing charges against a local entrepreneur after she allegedly cheated them out of about $1,000. The woman held an event to launch her magazine at the restaurant and was handed a bill for $1,093 at the end of the night. Before leaving, she told them to run the credit card number that was provided in the contract she filled out before the event. The card was declined, and employees' attempts to reach her were unsuccessful, so they called the police. The name of the magazine: Promice.

Just Do It: A 21-year-old man in south Charlotte called police after peer pressure turned awkward. When officers arrived, the man told them that a suspect was trying to force the victim into killing him. No report on the method of persuasion, but the suspect was served with involuntary commitment papers.

Come On Back: A 21-year-old man and his friend called police in regards to an armed robbery in east Charlotte. When officers arrived, the men calmly reported that they had tried to buy $1,000 of narcotics from an unknown man but were robbed at gunpoint instead. When they tried to get the money back, the suspect pointed the gun again and told them to leave. While this was happening, a car that was later said to be "probably related to the suspect" drove up and struck one of the victims before driving off. While police were on the scene, this car returned and the driver was found to have a suspended license.

Cause and Effect: Police responded to a breaking-and-entering call to find a woman who had damaged a $200 glass door to enter a church. She admitted to doing so and even said she was the 911 caller, but said she had to break in to call 911. Confused? Us, too.

Blotter items are chosen from the files of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department. All suspects are innocent until proven guilty.

Editor's Note: In last week's edition, we suggested a bike rider who flung a bag of feces at the door of the Bodega in NoDa was a customer. According to the owner, he was not.

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