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Posted at 3:31 PM ET, 02/16/2011

Trio charged in armored car heist try

By Del Quentin Wilber

Three men have been indicted on federal charges of trying to rob an armored car in Northeast Washington over the weekend -- a heist that was foiled just seconds before it took place, authorities said.

In court papers, the FBI disclosed that federal agents and D.C. police received a tip that a Southest Washington man was going to rob an armored car and began following him and two accomplices Saturday morning as they drove through the District in a station wagon.

Soon, the FBI said, the trio was following a Brinks armored car -- until the truck stopped near 31st and V streets NE. That's when two men got out of the station wagon and approached the Brinks truck; the men, each carrying a handgun, were arrested by agents and police just moments before they could commit the robbery, the FBI said.

The FBI said a third man was arrested at the wheel of the station wagon in which authorities recovered an AK-47 assault rifle.

Court papers identified the three men as Ricardo Hunter, 53, and Daniel Chapman, 23, of the District, and Nathaniel Bailey, 57, of Capitol Heights. They are being held at the D.C. jail on bank robbery charges.

The FBI said attempted hold-up was the 12th such robbery or attempted robbery of an armored car in the District in the last 11 months. Authorities have made arrests in four of those incidents.

By Del Quentin Wilber  | February 16, 2011; 3:31 PM ET
Categories:  Del Quentin Wilber, The District  
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The best & the brightest. All-time losers.
Doing time when you're in your mid-to-late 50's must be fun.

I hope the 23-year-old likes being on his knees.


Posted by: TaxiDriver | February 16, 2011 4:11 PM | Report abuse

The alarming part is that 2 out of 3 times its been you just know criminals are going to continue to try it.

Posted by: BigDaddy651 | February 16, 2011 4:47 PM | Report abuse

The Feds got a tip, eh? I'd bet that someone was drunk and bragging about their plans the night before. Stupid + Alcohol = Serious Time

Posted by: GP04 | February 16, 2011 5:07 PM | Report abuse

The good thing is most perps are pretty stupid & lazy. Someone always talks sooner or later. In a bar or drunk in bed with a hoe who wants some tip money from the cops.

Very few genius criminal masterminds out there who commit major crimes for 30 years & never do a day of time.

Posted by: TaxiDriver | February 16, 2011 5:55 PM | Report abuse

Wow, the tip actually came through. I would have loved the look on their faces when the Feds said, freeze! They probably thought they were being "Punked". The guns alone will get them some serious time in the "clink".

Posted by: PublicEnemy1 | February 16, 2011 5:57 PM | Report abuse

All together now:

Another one bites the dusk
Another one's done and another one's gone
Another one bites the dusk

Bad boys bad boys
Whatca gonna do
Whatca gonna do
When they come for you

Three down hundreds more to go!

Posted by: Jimof1913 | February 16, 2011 6:21 PM | Report abuse

Wow -- elderly gangsters. I guess it's like the Godfather.

Posted by: darrren12000 | February 16, 2011 6:38 PM | Report abuse

I bet their mama was a baby mama & her nickname on the streets is "Buckethaid."

Stupid people are breeding.

Posted by: TaxiDriver | February 16, 2011 6:51 PM | Report abuse

Hard times creating hard time.

Posted by: stugots711 | February 17, 2011 3:23 AM | Report abuse

kudos to the snitch. i wish there were more of them out there!!

Posted by: astroman215aolcom | February 17, 2011 10:08 AM | Report abuse

Black people have a soft spot for thugs. They think they're sweet & cuddly.

Posted by: TaxiDriver | February 17, 2011 10:22 AM | Report abuse

I hope I'm robbing armored vans when I'm 50ish

Posted by: kenk33 | February 17, 2011 12:45 PM | Report abuse

Guess folks cant wait until there social security kicks in. As some get older the decisions are much harder.

Posted by: beenbrokesince_90 | February 17, 2011 12:59 PM | Report abuse

Don't drop the soap....

Posted by: CHICO13 | February 17, 2011 1:01 PM | Report abuse

I'm tripping off a 53 year-old man and a 57 year-old driving around with an AK-47 about to rob an armored about having a midlife crisis geez.

Posted by: blackman1 | February 17, 2011 2:38 PM | Report abuse

"talk about having a midlife crisis geez." Most guys just opt for a Miata and a hair weave.

Posted by: BigDaddy651 | February 17, 2011 3:00 PM | Report abuse

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