Incident Number Two: The Post-Dispatch tells When Singleton spotted the suspect walking out of the woods behind the Days Inn, he pulled off the road, got out and bolted after him. The suspect saw the officer and started running away. the tale of 27 year-old Mikal R. Muhammed, convicted yesterday of first-degree robbery, first-degree burglary, felonious restraint and armed criminal action.
"He ran southbound in the grass area along 157, and I chased him 40 or 50 yards and finally caught him," Singleton said.
Officers wrestled Haentzler to the ground and had him in custody before 8 a.m.
Haentzler told police he didn't want to rob the store, but was forced at gunpoint to do so because he owed a man money for several drug deals.
Haentzler said he did not have a gun.
[Muhammed] was convicted Thursday in an armed home invasion despite his defense that he had no reason to rob anyone because of his blossoming career as a rap music artist. His lawyer showed jurors a photo of Muhammad with rap star Nelly in "Murder Dog Magazine."... Officials said he restrained occupants with duct tape and ransacked a house on Alabama Avenue the morning of Dec. 17, 2007. Police tracked him through a fingerprint on the duct tape. Muhammad, of the 700 block of Walton Avenue, also goes by the nickname "Gube Thug."The court is adjourned, the jury will now deliver its verdict.
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