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Samurai-wielding clerk helps capture robbery suspect

Jan 18, 2011 1:04:00 PM - thestate.com
A man accused of 12 recent armed robberies in the Columbia area was captured thanks to the efforts of a convenience store clerk who chased and beat the suspect with a samurai sword, law officials said today.

The bleeding suspect, identified as Brad Grayland Vinson, 52, was just one of some 25 individuals or small groups who are responsible for most of a recent crime wave of local break-ins, burglaries and armed robberies from Shandon to Blythewood, said Lott and interim Columbia police chief Randy Scott.

Lott and Scott appeared together at a joint news conference to announce a “new day” in city-county law enforcement relations.

Since criminals know no jurisdictional lines, the 600-deputy sheriff’s office and the 300-officer city force are going to be setting up a loose task force to focus on catching and putting behind bars the area’s worst, Scott and Lott said.

“We’re getting killed by burglaries,” Lott said.

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