Sometimes, an individual's circumstances can lead him or her to make choices that are outside the norm. Adrenaline, fear and stress can impact decision-making skills in such a way that can lead to a course of action that may later be considered questionable. Currently, police in Wilmington, North Carolina, are searching for three men -- wanted in the armed robbery of a cab driver -- who may have found themselves in such a situation.
Police were dispatched to the parking lot of Codington Elementary School on Carolina Beach Road at around 1:45 a.m., after learning a cab driver's keys and money had been stolen by men yielding a weapon. The course of events and the catalysts leading up to the alleged robbery are currently not known. Purportedly, the driver was robbed at gunpoint by three men. A police helicopter was dispatched to search for the suspects. The search was suspended at around 3:30 in the morning and yielded no results.
Unfortunately, difficult circumstances do not change the parameters of right and wrong in the eyes of the law -- and even victims of circumstance can face harsh legal consequences if they choose to use a weapon in the perpetration of a crime.
If the men are apprehended, they could face potentially heavy legal penalties, including additional charges associated with the use of a weapon. It may be beneficial for these men to seek advice from an experienced legal professional as they seek to protect their rights and freedom.
Source: WWAY 3, "Cab driver robbed at gunpoint," Katelyn Hackett, Feb. 16, 2012