Apparently, he felt the crushing need to resume his criminal career just too great to wait for the next day.
As CBS New York Reports:
Police say 26-year-old Jamal Bennett attempted to carjack the 66-year-old guard just before 11 p.m., right after the guard finished his shift at Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility in the city’s Holmesburg section. The two men fought next to the officer’s vehicle until the guard pulled his personal weapon and opened fire, striking Bennett in the chest.
The recently-freed inmate was rushed to Jefferson Torresdale Hospital in critical condition but was expected to survive. The officer suffered minor injuries to his head and neck.
“It seems like he was starting his life of crime over again within minutes of being released, attempting to carjack this off-duty correctional officer,” Philadelphia Police Chief inspector Scott Small told CBS Philly. “So it is somewhat bizarre.”
Bennett had just been released from custody on a probation violation for a weapons charge. Court documents don’t list an attorney representing him.
I don’t even know what to say. There’s dumb, and then there’s this.
Criminals, as a general rule, are not the smartest of folks. We’ve got plenty of stories here to back that up. I think trying to rob a guard minutes after being lawfully released from prison might be a new record. According to NBC Philadelphia, Bennett wasn’t even armed.
He may have been trying to take advantage of some perceived youthful age — but look how well that worked out for him. Dumb mistake.
I don’t expect that Bennett will be breathing free air any time soon.
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