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St. Petersburg Times, St. Petersburg, Fla., 7/26/00

Thursday, March 1, 2001

After Raymond and Cheryl Wojkielewicz pulled their Buick into a stall at a St. Petersburg, Fla., self-serve carwash, he got out and began vacuuming the back seat and their pet dogs' cage while she remained in the passenger's seat eating an ice cream bar. With the cool treat melting in her mouth and her thoughts lost in the din outside, Cheryl was startled when an armed man suddenly appeared at her window and demanded, "Give me your purse or I'll kill you!" When Raymond who had been crouched out of sight popped up, the man shot twice through the car. As his wife screamed, Raymond pulled a 9 mm handgun, for which he has a carry permit, from his waistband and fired back. The attacker, now wounded, dropped the purse and bolted, but seconds later let loose another barrage when Raymond cautiously emerged from cover to scan the area. Finally, the would-be robber fled and was pursued by police. Wojkielewicz, who has legally carried his pistol concealed for two years, said, "This is the first time I've ever had to draw it."
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