Didn’t this armed criminal know about D.C.’s strict gun laws? He had no business walking around with a gun, let alone using it to harm others. And on top of that, I bet he didn’t even bother to re-register his gun.
A robber attacked Washington D.C. tow truck driver, striking him in the head with a gun, but the driver successfully fought back — and now faces a murder charge.
The driver, 35-year-old Corey Stoddard, was approached by 22-year-old Kevin Lewis Crouch in a tow lot in northeast D.C. earlier this week. Crouch asked Stoddard about a green car. Stoddard replied that there was no green car in the lot, prompting Crouch to draw a gun and threaten him.
Stoddard attempted to run away, but tripped and fell. Crouch repeatedly struck him in the head with the gun, according to The Washington Post.
Finally, Stoddard flung his wallet toward a fence, and Crouch ran after it. While Crouch was distracted, Stoddard climbed into his tow truck and ran over his assailant. Crouch died from his injuries a few hours later. Stoddard readily admitted these details to police.
It turns out that this Crouch character had a history. A few years ago, when he was 17, he was convicted of carjacking and served 4 years in a youth detention center. In exchange for pleading guilty, they removed several assault and gun charges.
Stoddard didn’t have a gun to counteract the criminal’s gun, so he used the next best thing at his disposal, his tow truck. Of course, if he had a gun and used it in self-defense, I’m sure he’d be charged with “unlawful possession” or “unlawful discharge” of a firearm.
Stoddard was charged with 2nd degree murder. Just wait for D.C. politicians to come up with some “car control” laws that would aim to cut down on “car violence.”