A while back, I wrote a post about starting up a Guys Read Club at my school, and (at that time) I thought only positive things would come from the club… I never could have imagined that it would play a part in me becoming a suspect in an armed robbery case!
Here’s what happened:
My Guys Read Club has been going very well, so I applied for some grants to help us establish a “Guys Only” section in our library – and I got a call one morning from the Rock Island Kiwanis Club to see if I could come to their meeting at noon (that same day) to pick up a $500 check for the Guys Read Club.
Needless to say, I was excited about what this meant for our club, so I called my mom to see if she could watch Bubba while I picked up the check. She was more than willing (like always) to take care of him, so I dropped him off and started driving to the Botanical Center where the Kiwanis meeting was being held.
On my way there, I thought I would send a text to my principal to let him know that we got the grant, so I pulled into a park’s parking lot and started to type up the text. A few words in, I looked up from my phone and noticed a police car driving slowly by – and the officer inside was staring at me. I didn’t think much about it at first, but when the officer pulled his car into the parking lot, got out of his car, and started walking towards me, I was a little curious.
I rolled down the window to see what he wanted, and next thing I know his hand was moving towards his gun and he’s shouting at me to, “put both hands on the steering wheel!” After giving him my ID and explaining why I was there, he told me that there was an armed robbery in the area and that I matched the suspect’s description… and I was free to go.
I never did finish the text I was about to send, but I did see this article the next day:
I couldn’t help but smile after reading the article (considering the suspect’s description said he was mid-20s and weighed 175 lbs), and thinking about the whole situation. I never could have imagined my Guys Read Club would cause me to be a suspect in an armed robbery case… I wonder what else might be in store for me because of the club!