Two men from Maryland got the surprise of a lifetime when the bar they were allegedly attempting to rob turned out to be filled with cops attending a colleague’s retirement party.
According to WBALTV, police say the suspects were wielding guns when they entered a pub on Tuesday night and held up the person behind the front desk.
WBALTV quotes Baltimore County Officer Jennifer Peach as stating, “the person who had been behind the counter knew that there was a retirement party for a police officer happening, so they went into the other portion and alerted the officers to the fact that they had just been involved in an armed robbery.”
Very quickly, several off-duty officers reportedly ran outside and apprehended the thieves as they attempted to make off with their loot.
One of the suspects, 22-year-old Tyree McCoy was reportedly struck in the face as officers attempted to subdue him, leading to his not-so-pretty bruise seen in the featured image above.
Investigators are looking into that use of force.
The Baltimore Sun quotes the bar’s owner, Jack Milani, as stating the thieves were quite foolish to attempt a robbery at his business, which is located directly across from a police station.
“It’s kind of odd you would even attempt it,” he reportedly said. “[Officers] are always in here. There was a decent amount of them.”
McCoy and 21-year-old Joseph McInnis III have been charged with armed robbery, theft and a number of other related offenses.
As for the officer whose retirement was being celebrated, The Baltimore Sun reports that his name is David Neral.
Neral served in the precinct the bar is located in since 1988.