Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Obamacare in Action


I’d like to think that these folks were community outreach activists for ACORN. They just got a little over-zealous in their efforts to collect an advance installment on the Obama Omnibus Health Tax.

Doesn’t $4,000 sound about right for a month’s worth of band-aids and Advil down at the local clinic?

And as for the unfortunate incident with the gun — perhaps that was preliminary triage prior to end-of-life counseling. It seems that a conscientious worker attempted an innovative strategy to reduce compassionate hospice costs for two future beneficiaries of Obamacare…

According to Newsday:

DA: Home Invaders’ Ruse Involved Obama, Health Care

They were well-dressed when they knocked on the door of a Huntington home last month and said they had information about President Barack Obama’s health care plan.

That’s how they got inside to commit a violent home invasion on Aug. 29, a Suffolk prosecutor said Monday.

Benjamin Thompson had a stethoscope around his neck and Natalie Desir carried a clipboard with pamphlets, Assistant District Attorney Glenn Kurtzrock said after their arraignments in Riverhead.

A woman who lives at the house answered the door and said she would take one of the pamphlets. That’s when Thompson, 31, of Brooklyn and Desir, 26, of Nyack forced their way inside, Kurtzrock said.

He gave the following account:
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Another man, Vance Jackson, had been hiding outside and also forced his way into the home. Jackson, 46, of Yonkers took the woman’s boyfriend upstairs and shot him in the neck, chased him downstairs and shot him several more times.

Thompson shot the female resident in the foot while she was sitting next to her 2-year-old daughter and also pistol-whipped the woman’s mother, injuring her head.

The three fled with about $4,000 in cash in a getaway car driven by Theodore Briggs, 40, of the Bronx. A fifth suspect who was outside is still at large.

Jackson, Thompson, Briggs and Desir pleaded not guilty Monday to robbery and assault charges.

Thompson, whose previous convictions include attempted robbery and rape, and Jackson, whose convictions include robbery and criminal possession of a weapon, met in prison, Kurtzrock said.

He said the two hatched the home invasion plan while waiting to meet with their parole officers in the Bronx.

Because of their previous convictions, they face potential life sentences, Kurtzrock said.

All of the money was later found in Jackson’s and Thompson’s pockets, he said.

Hat tip: Paul Green.


babs said...

OMG! I lived the first 17 years of my life in Huntington and now live about 40 minutes further east!!!
However, I was first introduced to "home invasion robbery" which this crime would fall under, while living in Huntington Beach CA!
Best solution, adopt a pit bull or two. I remember my home insurance agent telling me I needed an alarm system. I told him that I had the ultimate alarm system; a pit bull. My dear, darling dog "Babs" would have given her life for me.

Anonymous said...

Wow, that's... weird. What a strange thing to do.

Anonymous said...

Such home invasions are becoming commonplace in France, especially in the South, which has a large population of retired people in isolated homes, as well as large numbers of immigrants.

They are frequently very violent and have already resulted in murder.

However, the notion that "because of their previous convictions, they face potential life sentences" is, for us French (and probably Europeans as well), not even a distant dream, but just a fantasy.

And, of course, if you happened to have a (legal) hunting rifle at home, attempting to use it in such a situation would most likely result in your conviction.

Oh, and by the way : Natalie Desir is such a sweet name. Any hints as to the race of perpetrators ?