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Armed police mistake Lara Croft for gunman

Armed police raided a Manchester man's living room after they mistook his plastic Lara Croft mannequin for a gunman.

Computer shop owner David Williams, 42, had taken the dummy home to flog it on eBay (naughty, naughty!) but little did he know, his cheeky dealings would soon land him with a gun in his face.

Mr. Williams, a father of two, had phoned the police after receiving nuisance phone calls from the local hoodies. Unknown to him, officers arrived and called for armed backup after spotting Lara's silhouette in the window.

Quickly the street was cordoned off and a team of armed officers burst through Mr. Williams' back door.

"It would have been laughable if it hadn't been so terrifying," the battered shop owner said. "One of the police held a gun and yelled, 'Where's the weapon, where's the weapon?'

"I didn't have a clue what was going on, I assumed they'd got the wrong house. I couldn't believe it when I realized they'd mistaken a Lara Croft dummy for someone with a gun."

A spokesman for Greater Manchester Police said Williams failed to answer his front door. "They believed they saw a silhouette of a person pointing what appeared to be a firearm inside the house," she said.

"Officers then went into the house and found a mannequin holding a toy weapon." Police followed "correct procedure," she said.

Instead of feeling a bit embarrassed and apologetic, as you would do, police then chucked Mr. Williams in a cell for 13 hours and charged him with a firearms offense (why not add tomb robbing as well?).

He's currently out on bail and speaking to lawyers about possible wrongful arrest claims. Good thing he didn't take the Marcus Fenix dummy home...

Source: Daily Mail

Courtesy of CVG.

May 27, 2008

11 comments

  • nikrusty - November 21, 2010 9:40 a.m.

    LMAO...sue those idiots!
  • mausjake - November 6, 2010 4:42 a.m.

    It was cheatplanet, i remember those good ol' days, not to say these aren't good days too!
  • Wizrai - August 19, 2010 5:30 a.m.

    @Crimmy There was no comment box in Games Radar two years ago. ...or "Cheat Planet"? ;p
  • Kenzo - August 18, 2010 5:28 p.m.

    they seriously arrested someone for that? frickin idiots. next thing you know they'll be crashing through my door because my they thought my star wars poster was a serial killer. reCAPTCHA: planse Krafft-Ebing's lolwut?
  • CombatCat120 - August 18, 2010 3:08 a.m.

    LOL people are funny
  • AnonymouZ - August 17, 2010 10:59 p.m.

    what's funny is all those dudes who didn't get first and instead have to diss the first. xD OT: lul WOOT? how can they arrest him for shit like that? they better settle with the dudes, cuz i'd aim on millions for "reparations".
  • VaneTrago - August 17, 2010 10:04 p.m.

    Haha, it's funny, because you type First, all that does is add +3 to your douchebag stat. I'd like to see the court hearing though... Just to hear someone try and defend their actions warranting the arrest. "You see, he had a life sized character in his house, and she was pretty sexy, and menacing. So I looked at my partner and said, 'Book him, Dan-O.'"
  • Metroidhunter32 - August 17, 2010 9:09 p.m.

    Oh, I bet you he sued the cops up and down the block. There's no way they could make that charge stick.
  • lovinmyps3 - August 17, 2010 8:49 p.m.

    That was pretty funny until the cops threw him in jail. That's messed up. Sounds like they just can't swallow their pride and admit they were mistaken.
  • BadLadJon - August 17, 2010 8:44 p.m.

    wooow you felt the need to type "first" on an article 2 years old, oh and one more thing. GROW THE FUCK UP
  • Crimmy - August 17, 2010 8:26 p.m.

    Wow, no-one's commented and this article is 2 years old! Anyway, I wonder what happened. Oh, and one more thing. FIRST! ReCaptcha: 103, rediss Maybe the code that the police broke?

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