In the message below, neighborhood resident Boone Angel responds to the skepticism that followed his report of being robbed on Carr Street on October 10 (previously covered here and here). It contains considerably more information than the police say he gave them when they responded to what was originally a suspicious person call made by a Carr Street resident. Angel’s response, in full and unedited:
“Let me clear a few things up for you;
“At around 2:30 am Friday, October 10th 2014, my friend Justin & I were walking back from a friends apartment after retrieving my backpack I had left there earlier in the evening. Inside were my house & bicycle keys, a new laptop, a physics textbook, and pretty much everything else I needed for this semester at GTCC (I’m finishing an AAS in Electronics Engineering Technology this coming spring). All in all, almost $1000 worth of school supplies that I worked VERY hard for.
“While walking my friend halfway to his place, we passed a car parked almost horizontally in the road on Carr St (we, of course, were on the sidewalk). I said to my friend, “Nice fvckin’ parking job, geez”. The passenger overheard me, and said “what the fvck you say whiteboy”? I repeated my benign parking accolade; at which point both occupants exited the vehicle, and around this time their other passenger exited a house nearby and joined them in their approach. Realizing I was about to be jumped, I tucked my bag into a bush next to the sidewalk (to keep my laptop safe while I got my head kicked in). I began to yell as load as I could, “Help! Wake UP! Look Outside!”, to hopefully wake someone up to help me as I tried to find my phone and call the police (to no avail). After i began yelling all three ran towards me, and I ran as fast as I could away from them still trying to get the attention of anyone in earshot. At some point shortly after, they stopped chasing me and opted to grab my book-bag, and burned rubber. It all happened so fast, I’m not certain where my friend was. I remember turning around, not seeing him after the chase, and worried that maybe they had caught him and drug him into their car (a newer black dodge charger looking beast). He had split the opposite way during the chase, and was quite safe though. I ran down the street after the car screaming and shaking my fists. I still couldn’t find my phone which was located on the ground at the scene shortly later after police arrived.
“So NO, I wasn’t doing anything shady. All i did was joke, in conversational tone, not realizing anyone else was able to hear me, (the windows were super tinted & I thought no one was in the car at first) about a random car blocking the road, and some meat-head, drunk jerks decided they wanted to gang up on two guys that were obviously no match for them (these guys looked like football players or bouncers). For the past 5 years I have worked hard to slowly pay my way through college (yes there are grants, but it doesn’t pay many bills or put food in my stomach), and I do not appreciate your insinuation that I am some kind of delinquent troublemaker. Yes I was somewhat intoxicated, but I don’t need your permission to celebrate my birthday (late-Oct 6th) with a friend I’ve known for over 20 years. Yes I grew a pot plant when I was 18. I am a 30 year old, highly skilled, extremely motivated, up and coming embedded system engineer. Save your insults for the scum that deserve it, and not the victim of a senseless crime. Maybe if someone had just stepped outside and helped me, I wouldn’t be in this mess. It is my assailants AND the residents of Carr St that should be ashamed of themselves….NOT me. Oh, and that physics book? My new one arrived the day of my mid-term, and I STILL aced (that’s right 100%) the test. But I guess the world needs bloggers too….or whatever it is you do that makes you think you are useful.”