Skip to comments.Legislators taking precautions after Gibbons robbed(PA)
Posted on 04/30/2012 7:16:13 AM PDT by marktwain
In the weeks after state Rep. Jaret Gibbons and two aides were robbed last month in Harrisburg, local legislators have heightened safety concerns in the state capital, and the incident convinced one House member to get a permit to carry a concealed weapon.
"It was kind of the final straw as for me going and getting a permit," said Jim Christiana, R-15, Beaver, who applied for a permit a few weeks after Gibbons was robbed and has since received it.
"It really opened a lot of eyes," Christiana said of the robbery March 12 in an alley about a block from the Capitol. "(Harrisburg) has really changed for the worse." Advertisement
Increasing crime has been a growing issue in the state capital, legislators said. Several hours after Gibbons was robbed on March 12, a cab driver in Harrisburg was shot and killed, and other incidents that weekend prompted city officials to have a press conference.
Harrisburg Mayor Linda Thompson recently said the city plans to install cameras as a security measure.
Gibbons, D-10, Franklin Township; his chief-of-staff, Kevin Bowser of Ellwood City; and Slippery Rock University intern Charles Goodell were in the alley outside Gibbons' shared apartment around 1 a.m. when two men approached and one pulled a gun.
The gunman put the weapon to Bowser's head and ordered everyone to the ground. After taking cash, wallets, cell phones and car keys, the suspects fled in Bowser's car, but Gibbons called police and the two men were quickly caught by Harrisburg police.
Police have charged Donnie Dozier, 41, and Michael Chavis, 23, both of Harrisburg, in the case.
Gibbons said he might apply for a concealed carry permit, and his mother offered to give him his grandfather's small pistol. "I've not decided to go that far yet," he said.
If he is walking from the Capitol to his apartment, Gibbons said, he has started to ask House security to accompany him. Gibbons said he has no plans to change his Harrisburg address.
"I like the convenience of being so close to the Capitol," he said, adding that he's "just not a hotel person" and likes having an apartment where he can leave his clothes and belongings when he returns home to his wife and two children in Franklin.
Besides knowing Gibbons, Christiana said the robbery shocked him because he walks past Gibbons' apartment to get to his Harrisburg home. The circumstances of the robbery, with a gun pointed to Bowser's head, also stunned legislators, Christiana said.
"It definitely got the attention of many, many people in Harrisburg," he said.
Who was it that said ‘the newest conservatives are liberals who got mugged the night before’?
Don’t worry for the little people, but protect the legislators at all costs.
I was just thinking that when I read about the 1 AM meeting in an alley. It just screamed democRAT.
What in the world are three grown men and public servants ^doing^ in an alley at 1:00 am?
Is this one of those, “Keep an eye out for me while I take a whiz.” moments? Sheesh.
“Gibbons, D-10, Franklin Township; his chief-of-staff, Kevin Bowser of Ellwood City; and Slippery Rock University intern Charles Goodell were in the alley outside Gibbons’ shared apartment around 1 a.m.”
Why do my instincts make me wonder what the FBI might think of this?