Would-be robber demands cash, instead stays for wine and hugs

Washington (AP) -- Police in the nation's capital remain baffled by an attempted robbery that ended with the gunman walking off with little more than a crystal wine glass and the taste of Bordeaux on his lips, and a hug from his would-be victims.

According to authorities and witnesses, the incident took place last month as a group of friends were finishing dinner on the back patio of a Capitol Hill home.

Around midnight, a man wearing a hood slid through an open gate and pointed a handgun at the head of a 14-year-old girl in the group.

Witnesses tell The Washington Post he demanded money. Instead, one woman told him they were just finishing dinner, and that he should join them for a glass of wine.

The intruder took a sip, then said "That's good wine."

After settling in for a little more wine and some Camembert cheese -- he also dropped the hood and put the gun away -- the would-be robber apologized and said he must have picked the wrong house. He then got a hug from the guests and left. They quickly called 911.

Police say they hope the guests might be able to identify the man now that they've wined, dined and hugged him.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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