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Deputies: Banana used as gun in holdup, then eaten

Monday, May 18, 2009 | 12:01 a.m. CDT

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Authorities in North Carolina said a store owner and a patron thwarted a teen suspected of trying to carry out a robbery by concealing a banana beneath his shirt to resemble a gun.

Winston-Salem authorities said 17-year-old John Szwalla entered the Internet cafe Thursday and demanded money, saying he had a gun.

The owner, Bobby Ray Mabe, said he and a customer jumped Szwalla, holding him until deputies arrived. While they waited, Mabe said the teen ate the banana.

Mabe said deputies took pictures of the peel. Forsyth County Sheriff's office spokesman Maj. Brad Stanley said deputies joked about charging Szwalla with destroying evidence.

Szwalla faces a charge of attempted armed robbery. Jail officials said he doesn't have an attorney.


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Drew D May 19, 2009 | 8:02 a.m.

How stupid can one be?

A person like that can't ever hope to get a robbery like that.

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