Chicken Wing Sauce Leads to Arrest in St. Paul

Tuesday, 4. June 2013

CC image Mars Bar Buffalo Wings by rick on FlickrAlthough your standard buffalo sauce usually has more of an orange tint, it’s safe to say two St. Paul teens were caught red-handed after they were reportedly implicated in a robbery when authorities caught them with chicken wing sauce on their hands.

According to the police report, the whole incident began last Friday night when a delivery driver for Checkerboard Pizza took a delivery to the 800 block of East Geranium.  Upon arrival, the driver was approached by two teens that were sitting near the intended address.

The teens asked the driver if he was from Checkerboard Pizza.  When the driver said yes, one of the teens revealed a silver handgun.  The other teen robbed the driver of his cash, wallet, and the box of chicken wings he had brought for the delivery.

After the robbery, the teens fled in one direction while the driver returned to his car.  The driver flagged down a nearby police officer to assist shortly after the incident.

Unbeknownst to the criminals, Checkerboard Pizza was easily able to retrieve the phone number from which the original call was placed.  The police tracked the phone number to an apartment complex on Rose Avenue.  The officers knocked on the door, and within seconds authorities believed they had found the perpetrators.

“Officers patted [name redacted] down and noted his hands were slimy and sticky, and he smelled of hot sauce commonly used by restaurants on chicken wings,” the official report says.

Further strengthening their case, authorities found a silver handgun and chicken bones after searching the apartment.

Clearly not realizing they were foiled by technology, the pair further incriminated themselves when speaking in the back of the squad car.  The 16-year-old was heard saying he “should have washed his hands.”

The 16-year-old later admitted to the robbery, saying he and his cousin were hungry but they couldn’t afford to pay for the chicken wings.  The 19-year-old was charged with first-degree robbery, while the case against the juvenile is being reviewed by the Ramsey County attorney’s office.

Related source:  Pioneer Press

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Avery Appelman is a criminal defense lawyer and the founder of Appelman Law Firm. While his practice is primarily recognized for its work with DWI and related offenses, he has 16 years of experience working with clients on drug, assault, theft, traffic, criminal sexual conduct, and prostitution charges.

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