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The Sacramento Bee, Sacramento, CA, 08/31/03

Monday, December 1, 2003

A bank robbery went awry when the suspects crashed their getaway car in a Sacramento, Calif., suburb and took off running to evade authorities. Ed Tippets was in his back yard, watching several helicopters bear down on his neighborhood, obviously searching for someone, when he noticed his dog, Charley, was acting strange. "That's when I decided to get armed," he told authorities. Tippets recalled that he went to the back of his house to load his gun and then began searching room to room. Moving toward the kitchen, Tippets noticed a shoulder in the doorway of his laundry room. "I saw a pistol pointing at me, so I started firing," he said. The homeowner then ran outside where he was ordered to the ground by police. The suspect, later identified as Jermain Blair, fled the house and tried to escape by jumping several fences. Blair confronted two police officers who had given chase and was shot in the leg. A police task force is investigating 13 other local bank robberies that may be linked to Blair.
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