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A hero emerges in Duffy

By 18 November 2012 63

Members of the public intervened to detain a suspect in the early hours of this morning, which led to ACT Policing arresting and charging a 15-year-old boy for aggravated burglary.

An 18-year-old man had been with a group of friends in Duffy, waiting for a lift from his father around 12.50am today (Sunday, November 18) when another group of young people, including one with a red bandanna tied across his face, were seen to walk across the carpark toward the Duffy shops.

The man left with his father and friends but concerned about the suspicious behaviour they had witnessed, drove back to the Duffy shops a short time later to see the same group of people running from the shops, and two youths climbing from a hole smashed in the glass shopfront of one store.

The 18-year-old man gave chase on foot across the nearby oval, and tackled one of the offenders to the ground. The 15-year-old alleged offender was then detained while police were called.

The young person, from South Canberra, was charged with aggravated burglary and will face the ACT Childrens Court tomorrow (Monday, November 19). Police are urging any witnesses who may have information about the burglary at the Duffy shops, or may be able to identify other co-offenders, to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, or via the website at www.act.crimestoppers.com.au. Information may be provided anonymously.

[Courtesy ACT Policing]

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63 Responses to A hero emerges in Duffy
#1
TheDancingDjinn1:42 pm, 18 Nov 12

The mental image of this is so wonderful. I would have paid to see it.

#2
maxblues2:34 pm, 18 Nov 12

Top work by the 18yo, community minded and athletic…should signed up by Brumbies/Raiders/GWS/Federal Police or political party of his choice.

#3
Jethro4:20 pm, 18 Nov 12

maxblues said :

Top work by the 18yo, community minded and athletic…should signed up by Brumbies/Raiders/GWS/Federal Police or political party of his choice.

Except the Greens… they’d probably argue that the 18 year old abused the human rights of the 15 year old.

#4
Brianna5:08 pm, 18 Nov 12

Jethro said :

maxblues said :

Top work by the 18yo, community minded and athletic…should signed up by Brumbies/Raiders/GWS/Federal Police or political party of his choice.

Except the Greens… they’d probably argue that the 18 year old abused the human rights of the 15 year old.

+1

#5
milkman5:12 pm, 18 Nov 12

Very well played by the 18 year old.

#6
poetix5:27 pm, 18 Nov 12

The birth of Duffyman. Like Duffman but less beercentric.

#7
Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd5:58 pm, 18 Nov 12

Jethro said :

maxblues said :

Top work by the 18yo, community minded and athletic…should signed up by Brumbies/Raiders/GWS/Federal Police or political party of his choice.

Except the Greens… they’d probably argue that the 18 year old abused the human rights of the 15 year old.

Sad but true.

Good work young man.

Honestly surprised that he was not reprimanded by th police though.

#8
Pork Hunt7:41 pm, 18 Nov 12

poetix said :

The birth of Duffyman. Like Duffman but less beercentric.

And sans beer goggles…

#9
Lookout Smithers8:02 pm, 18 Nov 12

I think we should name him Hall Monitor as a symbol of our gratitude.

#10
Deckard8:28 pm, 18 Nov 12

What a snitch!

#11
caf10:20 pm, 18 Nov 12

Jethro said :

maxblues said :

Top work by the 18yo, community minded and athletic…should signed up by Brumbies/Raiders/GWS/Federal Police or political party of his choice.

Except the Greens… they’d probably argue that the 18 year old abused the human rights of the 15 year old.

(citation needed)

#12
FXST018:24 am, 19 Nov 12

poetix said :

The birth of Duffyman. Like Duffman but less beercentric.

Oh yeah.

#13
Flyinghurts8:54 am, 19 Nov 12

Nice work. What a champ :-D

#14
devils_advocate9:32 am, 19 Nov 12

caf said :

(citation needed)

Notorious fact, your honour. Meets the judicial notice requirement.

#15
Stevian12:19 pm, 19 Nov 12

No doubt the 18 yo, will rightly be charged with assault

#16
plausibly_deniable1:09 pm, 19 Nov 12

The shop in question is the new coffee shop, Niugini Arabica. It’s only just opened and Duffy residents seem to be enjoying it – I encourage readers to give it a go. Alas, this is the second time the window’s been smashed (the first time was before the café even opened). Duffy is a leafy and mostly salubrious suburb but it does have a small contingent of oxygen thieves. Bloody good work, Mr 18.

#17
Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd2:17 pm, 19 Nov 12

Stevian said :

No doubt the 18 yo, will rightly be charged with assault

Always the sympathiser for the scum of society, arnt you stevian?

#18
Stevian3:34 pm, 19 Nov 12

Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd said :

Stevian said :

No doubt the 18 yo, will rightly be charged with assault

Always the sympathiser for the scum of society, arnt you stevian?

I have no sympathy for an 18yo thug exercising his percieved right to violence, whatever his justification.

#19
bundah4:10 pm, 19 Nov 12

Stevian said :

Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd said :

Stevian said :

No doubt the 18 yo, will rightly be charged with assault

Always the sympathiser for the scum of society, arnt you stevian?

I have no sympathy for an 18yo thug exercising his percieved right to violence, whatever his justification.

http://www.police.act.gov.au/crime-and-safety/for-act-businesses/robbery-and-theft/citizens-powers-of-arrest.aspx

#20
Tetranitrate4:27 pm, 19 Nov 12

bundah said :

Stevian said :

Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd said :

Stevian said :

No doubt the 18 yo, will rightly be charged with assault

Always the sympathiser for the scum of society, arnt you stevian?

I have no sympathy for an 18yo thug exercising his percieved right to violence, whatever his justification.

http://www.police.act.gov.au/crime-and-safety/for-act-businesses/robbery-and-theft/citizens-powers-of-arrest.aspx

Interestingly enough these are actually the only powers under which a security guard can detain someone too.

Anyway with a bit of luck the little s*** will rat on his mates. At the very least the police are a phone call to a high school away from finding out who the others are anyway given the identity of the one they caught, and the witness probably has a decent chance of identifying them visually.

#21
Deref4:58 pm, 19 Nov 12

He probably had a difficult childhood. Maybe even had to put up with last year’s xbox. It’s society’s fault.

#22
Gungahlin Al5:02 pm, 19 Nov 12

Jethro said :

maxblues said :

Top work by the 18yo, community minded and athletic…should signed up by Brumbies/Raiders/GWS/Federal Police or political party of his choice.

Except the Greens… they’d probably argue that the 18 year old abused the human rights of the 15 year old.

Tiresome and unnecessary line in a positive thread.
Great story. Feels great when you manage to actually catch one of the little scrotes.

#23
dpm5:07 pm, 19 Nov 12

Stevian said :

Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd said :

Stevian said :

No doubt the 18 yo, will rightly be charged with assault

Always the sympathiser for the scum of society, arnt you stevian?

I have no sympathy for an 18yo thug exercising his percieved right to violence, whatever his justification.

Not sure how he got the ‘Thug’ tag?
All he did was witness a B&E, then (tackle and) detain one of the burglers until the cops arrived, as per the Citizen’s arrest info posted here. What was ‘thuggish’? It didn’t say he used undue force, or beat him in any way. And if there was some sort of ‘thuggish’ behaviour, then the law (I know, fat chance in this town) will sort it out….
If tackling a burgler (however stupid and risky that may be) is your version of violence, then with all due respect, WTF? If that was the case, then wouldn’t any cop who chased and ‘tackled’ an offender who was trying to escape also need to be charged?

#24
devils_advocate5:23 pm, 19 Nov 12

plausibly_deniable said :

Bloody good work, Mr 18.

He and Kaleen Dog Man should team up as a crime-fighting superhero team. The difficult part will be deciding which one is the sidekick.

On the one hand, KDM was involved in arguably a more serious, and armed, crime, and possibly against two potential assailants. On the other hand, 18 yo male did succeed in apprehending the suspect.

Really hard to know which way to go on this one.

#25
devils_advocate5:29 pm, 19 Nov 12

Gungahlin Al said :

Tiresome and unnecessary line in a positive thread.

If by ‘tiresome and unnecessary’ you mean ‘ironic, yet accurate and slightly hilarious’ then sure.

#26
King_of_the_Muppets5:34 pm, 19 Nov 12

Stevian – what defines this young man as a thug – who committed an assault? Clearly you were there and saw this take place?

“There is another kind of evil we must fear most, the indifference of good men.”

Clearly you are always the innocent bystander?

#27
Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd6:42 pm, 19 Nov 12

King_of_the_Muppets said :

Stevian – what defines this young man as a thug – who committed an assault? Clearly you were there and saw this take place?

“There is another kind of evil we must fear most, the indifference of good men.”

Clearly you are always the innocent bystander?

I’m pretty sure stevian just despises decent people and loves criminal filth.

#28
Woody Mann-Caruso7:17 pm, 19 Nov 12

Except the Greens…

Aww, are you guys still sore that you lost the election?

#29
LSWCHP8:12 pm, 19 Nov 12

Stevian said :

Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd said :

Stevian said :

No doubt the 18 yo, will rightly be charged with assault

Always the sympathiser for the scum of society, arnt you stevian?

I have no sympathy for an 18yo thug exercising his percieved right to violence, whatever his justification.

Whoops. Looks like I’ve just entered that strange alternate part of the RA universe, where crims are applauded and courageous young men are called thugs. Please excuse me while I vomit as a result.

#30
justin heywood8:21 pm, 19 Nov 12

Woody Mann-Caruso said :

Except the Greens…

Aww, are you guys still sore that you lost the election?

Lol. So even though the Greens lost three quarters of their seats, they think they won?

If you had your arse kicked as severely as that, and yet remain smug, you really do live in your own bubble.

The electorate passed severe judgement on the Greens behaviour last term; a lot of people who voted Green before did not repeat the experiment this time. The surviving Green is perhaps the least charismatic of the bunch, and signs are that his arrogant attitude remains the same.

The trend is for a complete wipeout for the Greens next time around. I wouldn’t be crowing about anything.

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