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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