Skip to comments.House candidate quits after arrest on robbery, abduction charges
Posted on 04/12/2006 7:23:02 PM PDT by flutters
MARION, Ohio - A Democrat seeking a state House seat has withdrawn from the race following his arrest on robbery and abduction charges, the county party's chairwoman said Wednesday.
Willie Pickens, 44, was charged with two counts of robbery and three counts of abduction involving customers at a convenience store, Assistant Marion County Prosecutor Renee Potts said.
Police believed Pickens was intoxicated when he was arrested Friday on a charge of disorderly conduct, Potts said. The more serious charges were added later. Pickens could be sentenced to one to five years in prison on each count if convicted.
A message seeking comment was left at a phone number listed under the address Pickens provided elections officials.
Pickens approached customers at the convenience store, claimed to be an FBI agent, ordered two of them out of their cars and frisked them, police said. He robbed a third customer inside the store, then forced the customer into the back seat of Pickens' car, police said. That person later escaped.
The Marion County Democratic Party asked Pickens to withdraw from the race, which he did Wednesday, chairwoman Cathy Chaffin said. Pickens was the only Democrat on the ballot opposing three-term Republican Rep. Steve Reinhard in November.
Chaffin said she may try to replace Pickens on the ballot or find someone to run as an independent.
Thanks for visiting PickPickens.com Im Willie Pickens, and I want to tell you that I am NOT a career politician. I do not run for office to oppose any manand I believe no one party can fix our State. It will take a coalition of individuals with the honor, courage and commitment to put their constituents first. By the people, for the people.
Many politicians seem to have forgotten that. If you shake your head when you hear news from our State Government, then help me bring common sense and honesty back to our government. You can help by supporting, and most importantly, by voting for me, Willie Pickens on November 7th.
I look forward to the honor of representing Crawford, Wyandot and Marion Counties as your state representative 82nd district.
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This is what the Democratic Party presents as a leader.
Oh, boy. What a poster-child.
Politicians are supposed to start robbing AFTER they've been elected...guess he just couldn't wait;)
Oh, I don't know, this seems like a typical description of what career politicians do every day. He just got ahead of himself and failed to use the usual tools (bureaucracies and red tape). Instead he tried the Do-It-Yourself approach and got caught. To bad we can't treat the rest similarly.
Robbing a bank is a compromise towards the Democratic goal of publicly-financed campaigns. /sarc
They must have really slim Pickens if these are the only types of candidates they can come up with.
Kudos to the Akron Beacon Journal for identifying the perp's political party in the first line, when he's a Dem. That's a rare thing.
Naw. Our guys wait till they're elected and then use the IRS.