Tuesday 9/25


When police showed up at David Charles Baker’s home, he was bran­dish­ing a shot­gun and walk­ing amid what looked like trip­wires that were hooked up to propane and gas tanks on his front lawn, while shout­ing what offi­cers describe as “non­sen­si­cal” things, the Salt Lake City Tri­bune reports. Thus began a four-hour stand­off, dur­ing which about 40 homes were evac­u­ated. Baker pro­ceeded to bar­ri­cade him­self inside his house. When he finally sur­ren­dered, he did so in style: wear­ing a black-sequined and orange fur-trimmed mini-dress. The inci­dent began when Baker—who has a habit of post­ing insane, ram­bling rants on YouTube in which he claims to talk to God—left a pack­age on a friend’s dri­ve­way, claim­ing it could burn down his house. Police went to Baker’s home to talk about it, and the stand­off ensued. Police say Baker has had explo­sives train­ing, but the box turned out to be filled with “adult mate­r­ial.” Baker had planted sim­i­lar fake explo­sives at sev­eral of his neigh­bors’ homes as well. Neigh­bors have often reported Baker’s bizarre behav­ior to police, which, Fox 13 reports, has landed him on “local and fed­eral watch lists.”

Thieves in Ger­many attempted to bust open a cash machine last night … but the result­ing explo­sion ended up destroy­ing the entire bank instead. The blast sent debris fly­ing as far as 260 feet. “Dam­age to the build­ing is likely to be worth sev­eral hun­dred thou­sands of euros,” says a police spokesper­son, but no one was injured. Police are still look­ing for the rob­bers, and aren’t even sure how much money they made off with—it was hard to even locate the cash
machine in the rubble.

No car chases nec­es­sary: Police picked up a bur­glar curled up on the kitchen floor of an Ore­gon house he was try­ing to rob. He had appar­ently entered the home through an unlocked door before search­ing for valu­ables. Author­i­ties believe that mid­way through his col­lec­tion, he just
plain fell asleep. His arms full of elec­tronic gad­gets, likely stolen from unlocked cars which linked him to a break in ear­lier in the day.

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