'Dumbest criminal in Pennsylvania' arrested

March 31, 2009 10:00:04 AM PDT
A retired police chief says he was robbed by "probably the dumbest criminal in Pennsylvania." [SIGN UP: Get bizarre news sent to you]

It happened Friday morning at police officers' convention near Harrisburg, where 300 narcotics officers from Pennsylvania and Ohio were gathered.

John Comparetto says as he came out of a stall in the men's room, a man pointed a gun in his face and demanded money.

Comparetto gave up his money and cell phone. But when the man fled, Comparetto and some colleagues chased him. They arrested 19-year-old Jerome Marquis Blanchett of Harrisburg as he was trying to leave in a taxi.

When a reporter asked Blanchett for comment as he was led out of court, he said, "I'm smooth."

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