Dallas Woman Weirdly Unfazed By Wells Fargo Bomb Scare

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@MitchDPD
Yesterday afternoon, Dallas police were called to one of the dumber bank robbery attempts in recent memory. At 5:15 p.m. a man in his 40s pulled up to the drive-thru window (the sliding-drawer kind rather than suction tube) and placed what police described as a "suspicious device" inside along with a note.

The teller, perhaps retreating instinctively, perhaps calculating that no robber would be dumb enough to detonate a bomb two feet from his own face, went and told her manager, who called police.

The device, which the man left behind when he fled, wasn't a bomb, but police didn't know that at the time. Neither did 22-year-old Brittany Rae Booker, who was standing on a nearby sidewalk as the bomb squad checked things out.

Officers on the scene tried to usher Booker away, but say she wouldn't budge. Three times they ordered her to leave. Each time she refused.

"She told one of the supervisors that it's a public sidewalk and she had a right to be there,"
a police spokeswoman explained.

So, while DPD has so far come up empty in its search for the would-be bank robber, their cuffs did not go completely unused. Booker was arrested for interfering with public duties and failure to ID.

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Concard
Concard

Sec. 38.02. FAILURE TO IDENTIFY. (a) A person commits an offense if he intentionally refuses to give his name, residence address, or date of birth to a peace officer who has lawfully arrested the person and requested the information.

(b) A person commits an offense if he intentionally gives a false or fictitious name, residence address, or date of birth to a peace officer who has:

(1) lawfully arrested the person;

(2) lawfully detained the person; or

(3) requested the information from a person that the peace officer has good cause to believe is a witness to a criminal offense.

NewsDog
NewsDog

Booker needs to get a good Attorney. Failure to ID is not a crime.

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

... calculating that no robber would be dumb enough to detonate a bomb two feet from his own face...

These days, that's a pretty daring assumption.

casiepierce
casiepierce

@Concard "... to a peace officer who has lawfully arrested the person..."


Newsdog is right: failure to identify is not an arrestable offense.

wasabi1
wasabi1

@NewsDog  It is when you get arrested:

Sec. 38.02. FAILURE TO IDENTIFY. (a) A person commits an offense if he intentionally refuses to give his name, residence address, or date of birth to a peace officer who has lawfully arrested the person and requested the information.

(b) A person commits an offense if he intentionally gives a false or fictitious name, residence address, or date of birth to a peace officer who has:

(1) lawfully arrested the person;

(2) lawfully detained the person; or

(3) requested the information from a person that the peace officer has good cause to believe is a witness to a criminal offense.

ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul
ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul topcommenter

@NewsDog  

It is when you are arrested for another offense and you fail to ID.

The failure to ID alone is not an offense as the police cannot ask for ID without probable cause.

veruszetec
veruszetec

@NewsDog  Failure to obey a lawful order is, though, and in this case, they were securing a crime scene.

I have a feeling that she was likely filming the police, given the Dallas Police Union's statement on the issue today, which I support. But, a bomb is a bomb, and there's no telling how big the blast radius could be. The police had reason to fear for her safety and ordered her to move, which she refused to comply with. One rule about filming the police is complying with lawful orders and maintaining a safe distance.

A good enough lawyer could probably get her off, but I'm not sure the cost would be worth it. I believe it's a Class C misdemeanor.

ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul
ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul topcommenter

@TheRuddSki  

"Nobody moves or the sheriff gets it!"

"Oh Lawdy, Lawdy, do what he says, do what he says!"


-- Black Bart and his abductor, Blazing Saddles

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

@tpfkap

I believe failure to obey a lawful order - which I would think applies to vacating a crime scene - results in right to detain for FTOALO, which I believe is an arrestable offense, in which case the cop can demand ID.

Non-attorney spokesperson.

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

@veruszetec

Damn, if the thing went off and she was standing right next to it filming, it would have been awesome vid if it survived. All we get to see on liveleak these days is various Muslims blowing themselves an each other up, and that gets old.

Dallas cops should have a little more empathy with the internet community. If the woman was willing to lose a limb or her life for us, why stop her?

casiepierce
casiepierce

@ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul And it's "Oh Lawdy, Lawdy, do what he say, DO WHAT HE SAY!!!!"

wasabi1
wasabi1

@bvckvs @ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul  

If they're arrested, yes there is.

Sec. 38.02. FAILURE TO IDENTIFY. (a) A person commits an offense if he intentionally refuses to give his name, residence address, or date of birth to a peace officer who has lawfully arrested the person and requested the information.

(b) A person commits an offense if he intentionally gives a false or fictitious name, residence address, or date of birth to a peace officer who has:

(1) lawfully arrested the person;

(2) lawfully detained the person; or

(3) requested the information from a person that the peace officer has good cause to believe is a witness to a criminal offense.

leftocenter
leftocenter

Ok, TPFKP, you were showing some cultural sensitivity there.  Or are just subj/verb disagreement-averse? 

Excellent reference though, I likes it.

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