Does DFW have a contender for "World's Dumbest Criminal?"
While we were preparing for a 10 p.m. live shot on the robbery, a man walked up and robbed the driver of a sport utility vehicle at the ATM just 15 yards away from us.
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And the camera was rolling.
Larry caught the guy pulling something out of his pocket and sneaking up behind the SUV. The SUV driver peeled out a few seconds later. I watched as the man stayed at the ATM and punched buttons, trying to get cash.
I first noticed the guy milling around a few yards from the ATMs at about 8:15 p.m. I called my producer to talk about my script. I told her about a guy a few yards away matching the description of the robber. We both laughed.
But something didn't feel right.
I called a Richardson police officer who is a source of mine and asked if the department could run a marked car by us. My source said he'd do it.
The second I hung up, I saw the man flip his hoodie over his head and run in a crouched position toward the back of the car.
That's when I called 911. We're trained to always identify ourselves, so I told the dispatcher I was a reporter and that I was witnessing a robbery.
Officers showed up a few minutes later. I flagged down the stunned SUV driver and told them I saw everything.
Police told me they wrestled the man, who police later identified as 20-year-old Brandon Leribeus, down a few blocks away at a Big Lots. An officer with Richardson police told me he matches the description of the robber.
As a witness and a reporter, I have even more questions. Starting with, "What were you thinking?"