Thursday 10/25

A Brazil­ian fam­ily said they did not real­ize a body had been misiden­ti­fied as a fam­ily mem­ber until the “dead” man inter­rupted his own funeral. The fam­ily of Gilberto Araujo, said they had not seen the car washer for four months so they had no rea­son to believe it wasn’t him.  Araujo said he learned about the funeral plans from an acquain­tance and called a friend who was attend­ing the ser­vice, but the mourn­ers refused to believe he was still alive until he showed up in per­son and inter­rupted the cer­e­mony. The body has been returned to police, who are try­ing to deter­mine the dead man’s true identity.

A rob­ber hop­ing to hold up a St. Louis pub was swept away by the bar’s broom wield­ing owner. The owner of O’Malley’s Irish Pub was sweep­ing the side­walk after clos­ing time when he was approached by a man in a ski mask, bran­dish­ing a gun. The pub owner told the man he had no money, then hit the would-be rob­ber in the arm with the broom. The star­tled sus­pect fired off a shot before jump­ing in a car and tak­ing off. Luck­ily, the owner was not injured.

79-year-old James Marr, who said he runs “obses­sively” in Cen­tral Park six days a week, said he spot­ted a Duane Reade worker chas­ing after a man “with a full laun­dry bag” while yelling “stop thief!” Marr said he noticed the worker was los­ing ground, so he joined the chase until the sus­pect dropped a piece of paper. Marr says, “This was the dumb­est thief ever because out falls this piece of paper and it’s a court doc­u­ment with his name and address on it.”  Trevor Frasca, 27, was soon arrested and charged with obstruc­tion of gov­ern­men­tal admin­is­tra­tion, pos­ses­sion of stolen prop­erty, petit lar­ceny and resist­ing arrest.

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