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Bizarre crimes from Charlotte police reports

Can You Hear Me Now?: While waiting at a bus stop, two women got into an argument over an incident the previous night involving one of the women's boyfriends. One woman grabbed a cell phone away from the other and then hurled it back at her, striking her in the forehead.

Talking Trash: As a man was mowing his front yard, he saw a passerby toss a can on the street near his house. The homeowner confronted the litterbug, who became irate, spit at the homeowner and threatened to "fuck his ass up."

Young Love: A young married couple should be heading for divorce court soon, as each has taken out restraining orders on the other following several fights. During the most recent spat, the blushing bride reportedly destroyed most of her hubby's clothes with a pair of scissors.

Residential slap facility: A worker at a residential care facility smacked a physically disabled 40-year-old resident in the head. The "heath care" worker was reportedly fired on the night of the offense. However, when the disabled man's guardian heard about the assault several days later, he called police.

Flat-out pissed:Some prankster broke into a transportation company near downtown and flattened all the tires on three buses, causing a whopping $7,200 in damages (each bus had 6 tires, at $400 each). Moreover, the three buses had just been washed and detailed for an upcoming inspection. An employee at the transportation company told police there was only one person with access to the buses at the time of the vandalism, and that there had been ongoing acrimony between this individual and the company

Busted Bad Guys: As a 44-year-old man was getting out of his car at a south Charlotte apartment complex, two gunmen kidnapped him, struck him in the head and robbed him of $20. The gunmen were later identified and arrested.

Video violence: A gunman walked into a video store on East Boulevard and demanded that the woman behind the counter open the register. When the employee told him she couldn't open the register, he hit her in the face, grabbed her by the hair, forced her to the ground, and struck her several more times. Another employee eventually came out from the back of the store and opened the register. After grabbing the cash, the bad guy fled in a getaway car.

Blotter items are chosen from the files of the Charlotte Police Department.

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