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Man who used 911 to dial a ride in Charles County to face charges

Tom Jackman

It's a little-known fact, but when your cell phone is out of minutes, it still works for calling 911.

And so early Thursday, a 20-year-old man walking on Route 225 in the Ripley area of Charles County dialed 911 to report that he'd just been robbed at gunpoint even though the minutes on his mobile phone had expired.

Charles sheriff's deputies sped to the scene, where the man reported that he was walking along the road when a car stopped. He said he approached the car, a man put a gun to his head and demanded his money and his watch, which he provided, and the car took off.

The officers investigated, Charles spokeswoman Diane Richardson said, and soon the man "admitted to officers he made up the robbery because he wanted a ride home."

And then -- the officers gave him one.

He was not arrested Thursday, but charges are pending, Richardson said.

"Pardon the puns," Richardson said, "but his decision to report an armed robbery was a bad call and although we did give him a ride home -- we do have a heart -- he may face serious consequences down the road. This free ride may cost him up to six months in jail, a $500 fine or both."

-- Tom Jackman

By Tom Jackman  |  May 7, 2010; 2:35 PM ET
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Comments

White and entitiled for a free ride home...wanna bet? No charges or at least no jail time I assure ya! The rules are and will always be different for those of the protected class of caucasions, no I will pray for justice within the next 37 years for amy peeps.

Posted by: foxxmacpryor | May 8, 2010 6:53 AM | Report abuse

The rules are and will always be different for those of the protected class of caucasions...
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There is no mention whatsoever about race in the article. But blacks always have to make EVERYTHING about race.

The victim/racism card has been so over- played that it is now just laughable.

Posted by: checkered1 | May 8, 2010 9:31 AM | Report abuse

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