Robbers get drop on victim but he outsmarts them

SPRING HILL — When George Comstock saw the two strange men inside his home Monday, he leveled a shotgun at them. But one of the men somehow convinced Comstock that he knew them and that he could trust them.

Comstock relaxed and put down the gun in his kitchen, according to a police report, but his troubles were just beginning.

One of the men grabbed the shotgun while the other showed Comstock a .22-caliber pistol and said that he had spent time in prison for murder and was not afraid to go back.

An arrest report says Luis Joemar Baez and Abimael Richard Diaz got into the house at 4506 Rachel Blvd. through a bedroom window that had been left unlocked by Crystal McDonald, who lives at the house and knows Diaz. She wasn't arrested.

The report gives this account:

After forcing Comstock into his truck, Baez and Diaz ordered him to drive to a 7-Eleven store at Commercial Way and Berkeley Manor Boulevard. There, he was told to withdraw money from an ATM and buy beer and cigarettes.

Baez went in with him but did not stand nearby, allowing Comstock to tell a clerk that he was being held against his will by armed men. When the men left, the clerk alerted the Sheriff's Office.

Comstock and his abductors next went to a RaceTrac gas station at Cortez Boulevard and Deltona Boulevard, where Comstock withdrew $200 from an ATM. He was sent inside to buy more items, and again told a clerk that he was held captive.

Deputies soon arrived at the gas station and arrested Diaz and Baez, finding the pistol in Baez's pants and the shotgun in the truck. Both men were charged with kidnapping, robbery and armed burglary.

They were held without bail at the Hernando County jail Monday evening.

Robbers get drop on victim but he outsmarts them 08/04/08 [Last modified: Monday, August 11, 2008 4:23pm]

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