SIGN OF THE TIMES: Robber says “I’m out of work. My daughter’s got to survive.”

by on April 2, 2009 · 8 comments

in Economy, War and Peace

ELLENSBURG, Wash. – Robert Daniel Webb robbed a convenience store Tuesday, March 31st, in Ellensburg, 95 miles southeast of Seattle.  What makes this robbery different is that Webb had his nine-year-old daughter by his side when he took his gun out.

Caught on the store surveillance video, Webb points the gun at the clerk and says: “Open the till and got me what you have … I’m out of work. My daughter’s got to survive.”  He made off with about $200.00.

Webb apparently has been unemployed for months.

Since then, Meadow, the daughter, was taken into protective custody April 1 in the small town of Fortuna, Calif.  The dad is still out there.  Police in Fortuna say Webb stopped Wednesday night at the home of an acquaintance who happens to be the father of a Humboldt County sheriff’s deputy.

Go here for the video.

{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

avatar nunya April 2, 2009 at 2:14 pm

I drove through Ellensburg, WA one time. It is a beautiful little tourist trap and very expensive. There isn’t much to do except ski.


avatar OB Joe April 2, 2009 at 3:13 pm

in desperate times, desperate people do desperate things.


avatar Frank Gormlie April 2, 2009 at 4:11 pm

Despite that I am a lawyer, this story brought a tear to my eye, because I’m also a father.


avatar Shawn Conrad April 3, 2009 at 12:43 pm

Yes Frank, but you would need the $200 for your electric bill.


avatar jon April 3, 2009 at 1:01 pm

Darn. I saw there were some new comments up and was so excited! Then I realized it was a troll. booo……


avatar Frank Gormlie April 3, 2009 at 2:11 pm

jon, Shawn is NOT a troll, despite what he says. He’s a sometimes funny, totally irreverent comedian masquerading as a OBcean. And he’s missed, at times, when we’re bored.


avatar Frank Gormlie April 5, 2009 at 3:14 pm

For a follow-up: the U-T reported this morn that Webb had been arrested by Yakipa police.


avatar mark April 15, 2009 at 4:48 pm

If you have to do it, you might as well do it right


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