Mornings on the Mall 09.02.19 / Mark Mix, Joe diGenova, Cheryl White, Daily Caller’s Amber Athey, Kevin Lewis

Mornings on the Mall

Monday, September 9, 2019

Hosts: Mary Walter and Vince Coglianese

Executive Producer: Heather Hunter

Mark Mix, Joe diGenova, correspondent Cheryl White, Daily Caller’s Amber Athey and WJLA’s Kevin Lewis joined WMAL on Monday!


5am – A/B/C Trump camp fears Kamala Harris despite her stumbling performance to date. California Democrat looms as formidable Trump foe despite ‘fits and starts.’ (Washington Times) — Sen. Kamala D. Harris‘ presidential campaign has shown an uncanny ability to squander chances. Each time the California Democrat’s run has appeared to catch fire, with a breakout debate performance or a headline-grabbing policy stance, she has managed to douse the flames. Yet political veterans, including operatives inside the Trump campaign, said she is still a real contender, perhaps the most formidable Democrat in a general election contest against the president. “The one who scares me the most in the general is Kamala Harris,” said a key player inside President Trump’s reelection campaign. “The top candidates are all flawed candidates, but the least flawed is Kamala Harris.” The operative, who did not want to be identified discussing internal campaign deliberations, acknowledged that the warning about Ms. Harris was a minority view in the Trump world.

5am – D         Illegal immigrant is arrested for ‘sexually assaulting his 15-year-old stepdaughter’ – the SEVENTH such case in Maryland in just five weeks.  WJLA: Cops: Man rapes 15-year-old Md. girl, ICE confirms suspect is repeat immigration violator. MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Md. (ABC7) — A man accused of raping a 15-year-old girl in her grandmother’s bedroom had been deported from the United States less than three years ago, officials with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement confirmed to ABC7. Emilio Carrasco-Hernandez, 37, of Hyattsville, is currently charged with second-degree rape, sex abuse of a minor, third-degree sex offense and fourth-degree sex offense. WHAT HAPPENED: On August 26, the 15-year-old girl spoke with Montgomery County Police’s Special Victims Investigation Division. She explained that her stepfather, Carrasco-Hernandez, had sexually assaulted her on multiple occasions between August 16 and August 25 of this year. In one particular instance, the victim stated she was in her grandmother’s bedroom when Carrasco-Hernandez entered, pulled down her pants and underwear and began biting her shirt. The 5-foot-7-inches tall, 200-pound man then slowly walked the victim to the bed’s edge and lowered his own pants. “Victim A stated that she could not move and Emilio Carrasco-Hernandez was squishing her with his body,” detectives wrote in court documents. What’s alleged to have followed is too graphic to publish. The victim, however, reported having trouble using the bathroom afterward because it was “very painful” and “stinging.” She also shared that Carrasco-Hernandez would kiss her lips, neck, ears, back and waist.

5am – E         RESIGNATION OF TRUMP’S PERSONAL ASSISTANT:

  • DAILY MAIL: Donald Trump fired his personal assistant because she revealed he thinks Tiffany is OVERWEIGHT and couldn’t pick his younger daughter ‘out of a crowd’ – then bragged she was closer to him than Tiffany and Ivanka.  Donald Trump’s gatekeeper Madeleine Westerhout, who told reporters during an off-the-record dinner that the president thought his daughter Tiffany was overweight, also spoke to them about his 13-year-old son Barron. Westerhout resigned from the White House on Thursday, more than a week after the dinner took place.  After details about what she had said came to light, Trump said that he loves his daughter Tiffany. Speaking on the White House South Lawn before flying to Camp David for the weekend, the president said the claim was ‘absolutely false.’ He praised Tiffany as a ‘great person,’ saying he planned to speak to her later and called what was said ‘hurtful.’ And he said Westerhout had called him to say she had been drinking when she spoke to White House correspondents at an ‘off the record’ dinner.At the dinner, Westerhout reportedly also spoke about Trump’s youngest son Barron and his eating habits, according to The New York Times. She also reportedly told journalists that she had a better relationship with Trump than his daughters, Tiffany and Ivanka. Westerhout was dramatically removed late Thursday as Oval Office gatekeeper for Trump after spilling inside information about the president’s daughters and Barron.She aired her claims about the president’s family over drinks with members of the media who Trump regularly lambastes as the ‘fake news,’ Politico revealed.
  • Trump says personal assistant was ‘drinking’ when she made ‘hurtful’ comments. Fox News / President Trump on Friday expressed disappointment over what he described as the “unfortunate” departure this week of his personal assistant Madeleine Westerhout over “hurtful” comments she made to reporters at a recent off-the-record gathering, saying Westerhout explained to him she was “drinking” at the time. “She told me she was very upset,” Trump told reporters before boarding Marine One. “She was very down. She said she was drinking.” On Thursday, it was reported that Westerhout abruptly left her job after it was determined she shared private information about the president and his family with reporters near Bedminster, N.J., where Trump was on vacation.
  • Trump tweets he won’t sue personal assistant like ‘disgusting’ Omarosa. (FoxBusiness) President Trump Opens a New Window.  said in a tweet Saturday morning that he doesn’t plan to file a lawsuit against his former personal assistant Madeleine Westerhourt, who abruptly left her job earlier this week after sharing private information about the president and his family. “While Madeleine Westerhout has a fully enforceable confidentiality agreement, she is a very good person and I don’t think there would ever be reason to use it,” Trump said.  “She called me yesterday to apologize, had a bad night. I fully understood and forgave her! I love Tiffany, doing great!”
  • Tiffany Trump Posts Pointed Quote After POTUS Personal Assistant Drama. Tiffany Trump, President Donald Trump’s fourth child, on Saturday pointedly posted a certain poem on Instagram following the drama around her father’s former personal assistant. The youngest Trump daughter posted a poem by Rumi several days later, which read in part: “Study me as much as you like, you will never know me. For I differ a hundred ways from what you see me to be.”

6am – A/B/C TX SHOOTING UPDATE:

  • Odessa gunman who killed seven and injured 22 with an AR-type rifle is identified as Seth Ator, 36,  one hour after the police chief REFUSED to say his name publicly to avoid giving him ‘notoriety.’
  • House Judiciary postpones gun bills hearing over Hurricane Dorian. The House Judiciary Committee announced on Friday that, due to Hurricane Dorian hindering lawmaker travel, it is postponing a planned early return from recess to consider gun reform legislation.  
  • Donald Trump says stricter gun background checks ‘would not have stopped’ the Odessa massacre and calls the gunman who went on a rampage and killed seven a ‘very sick person’
  • Beto O’Rourke Drops an F-Bomb on CNN in Stunning Response to Odessa Shooting: ‘This is F*cked Up’
  • Beto O’Rourke Sells ‘This Is F*cked Up’ Shirts for Moms Demand Action
  • Beto O’Rourke @BetoORourke: Profanity is not the f-bomb. What is profane is a 17 month-old baby being shot in the face.
  • O’Rourke Pushes for Mandatory Gun Buyback Legislation
  • BETO: We don’t know how many have been killed. We don’t know the motivation. But here’s what we do know: This is fucked up.

6am – D         INTERVIEW – MARK MIX – president of the National Right to Work Committee. Mix discussing Labor Day, Big Labor and workers’ rights.

  • MARK MIX’s USA Today op-ed: We need to pass the National Right-to-Work Act. No one should be forced to join a union. Every American should have the right to work. Compulsory union membership is a violation of workers’ free speech and association liberties. Right to work is a very simple concept. It simply means that no worker should be compelled to join or pay dues to a union just to get or keep a job. Twenty-seven states have now enacted and implemented right-to-work laws, with five joining in the last eight years.  And on June 27 of last year, the U.S Supreme Court handed down one of the most significant employee rights legal victories in the history of the right-to-work movement with the Janus decision, which ended the forced payment of union dues or fees for millions of government workers nationwide. Unfortunately, there are more private sector American workers in the 23 non-right-to-work states and others in the railway and airline industries who still work under compulsory unionism.
  • Trump pick Scalia becomes 2020 target for labor unions. Democrats and organized labor aim to make Eugene Scalia, the pick to lead the Labor Department, a target in 2020 in hopes of testing President Trump’s support among rank-and-file union voters.

6am – E         Woman Allegedly Hurls Molotov Cocktail Inside Immigration Office. (Daily Caller) — A Florida woman was arrested for allegedly throwing a lit Molotov cocktail inside the lobby of a U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) building, marking the latest attack against an immigration facility. An unidentified woman walked into an Oakland Park, Florida, USCIS office Friday afternoon and threw a bottle filled with gasoline and a lit fuse. Fortunately for the people inside, the fuse disconnected from the bottle and was unable to ignite, according to a report of the incident reviewed by The Associated Press. No one inside the USCIS lobby was injured, but one person did report feeling sick from the smell of gasoline. Security officers subdued and handcuffed the suspect until Federal Protective Service officers were able to arrest her. It is still not known what the woman’s motives were for the attack, or what criminal charges she will face. However, law enforcement believes the woman wanted to cause harm. USCIS did not immediately respond to a request for comment from the Daily Caller News Foundation, but acting director Ken Cuccinelli issued a public statement late Friday night. “Today’s attempted attack on one of our USCIS facilities using a Molotov cocktail is another example of the use of violence in place of debate by those who oppose the proper application of our immigration laws,” Cuccinelli tweeted. “This is the 2d attack on a DHS facility in 2 months using a Molotov cocktail. Violence has no place in our society. Thankfully, no one was hurt today. We’re grateful to our security guards & the law enforcement officers of FPS who apprehended and arrested the assailant.” The Florida attack comes after Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) — another agency within the Department of Homeland Security — has been subjected to violence in recent time.

6am – F         A man in Islamic dress told a Starbucks employee his name was Aziz. She put ‘ISIS’ on the cup. (Daily Caller) – In the same city where a Starbucks employee last year called police on black men for sitting quietly, two men in Islamic dress walked into a different Starbucks store for a drink. Niquel Johnson paid for three drinks in Philadelphia on Sunday, and in typical Starbucks fashion, an employee asked for his name. Johnson, 40, told them “Aziz,” his Islamic name pronounced ah-zeez. He has used it for 25 years — and “countless” times at that particular store. But three unusual things happened on this occasion, he said. When his order was ready, a staffer announced them by drink type, not his name. The second unusual part was the employee wrote his name as “ISIS” — the acronym for the Islamic terror group — in the printout attached to all three drinks. Johnson didn’t even realize it until later, when a friend pointed it out at a bookstore. “I was shocked and angry. I felt it was discrimination,” Johnson told The Washington Post on Friday.


7am – A/B/C INTERVIEW – JOE DIGENOVA – legal analyst and former U.S. Attorney to the District of Columbia

  • Flynn lawyer at war with Mueller team, accusing prosecutors of ‘malevolent conduct’ (Fox News) — Former national security adviser Michael Flynn’s legal team on Friday stepped up their attacks on prosecutors as they accused the Justice Department of withholding documents critical to Flynn’s defense and squabbled with the other side over a sentencing date. In documents filed Friday afternoon, Flynn attorney Sidney Powell accused the DOJ of worse misconduct than what occurred in the infamous Ted Stevens case – an accusation that amounts to throwing a bomb at the team assembled by former Special Counsel Robert Mueller. “Unfortunately, the government learned nothing from the rebukes in Stevens,” Powell wrote in a court filing Friday afternoon. “It has engaged in even more malevolent conduct in the prosecution of Mr. Flynn.” So what is the Ted Stevens case? Stevens, a former senator from Alaska, was convicted in October 2008 of making false statements to the FBI in order to cover up his receipt of gifts from an oil contractor seeking his help on Capitol Hill. The conviction was thrown out in April 2009 after an FBI whistleblower alleged that prosecutors and FBI agents conspired to withhold exculpatory evidence from Stevens’ defense team. U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan, who is presiding over the Flynn case, held Stevens’ prosecutors in contempt of court and described their conduct as “outrageous.” In the Flynn case, court documents filed on Friday revealed that Flynn’s cooperation with the government is now complete, though a date for his long-delayed sentencing has yet to be agreed upon. “The government has a crushing 95 percent or higher conviction rate,” Powell wrote in Friday afternoon’s filing. “It is virtually impossible to defend successfully when the might and power of the federal government focuses on the destruction of an individual, and the government holds all the cards.”
  • The Department of Justice has concluded that former FBI Director James Comey will not be prosecuted for his handling of memos he wrote describing his interactions with President Donald Trump. (NBC News) — But the DOJ’s Office of Inspector General nonetheless concluded that his conduct did violate DOJ policy and his FBI contract. While the IG’s findings likely will result in no further penalties for Comey in light of his termination from the FBI, the report raises an important question about how we should treat whistleblowers.  But this doesn’t mean that Comey is vindicated, exactly.  The DOJ’s Office of Inspector General concluded that Comey committed four violations of DOJ policies: He failed to return to the FBI the four memos he had stored at his home’ disclosed one of the memos to Richman and asked him to share the contents with The New York Times; and shared the memos with his lawyers and failed to alert the FBI once he learned that they contained information that had been retroactively classified. Internal rules prohibit employees from retaining official documents without permission after their employment ends, and forbid disclosure of information obtained in the course of official duties. Comey took the position that the memos were not official FBI documents, but were instead his own personal records of recollection, much like a diary. The IG disagreed, finding him in violation of FBI policies and his employment contract, noting that if all FBI employees disclosed sensitive information to advance their own beliefs, the FBI would be unable to complete its law enforcement mission.
  • Comey defiant after IG report says he violated policies, says apology from critics ‘would be nice’ (Fox News) — A defiant former FBI Director James Comey insisted he is not a “liar and a leaker” after the Department of Justice Inspector General chided him for his memos detailing conversations with President Trump. Comey said an apology from his critics “would be nice.” “I don’t need a public apology from those who defamed me, but a quick message with a ‘sorry we lied about you’ would be nice,” Comey tweeted, adding, “And to all those who’ve spent two years talking about me ‘going to jail’ or being a ‘liar and a leaker’—ask yourselves why you still trust people who gave you bad info for so long, including the president.”

7am – D         INTERVIEW – Correspondent Cheryl White (located in Cocoa Beach, FL) – shared the latest on the hurricane.

  • Hurricane Dorian is now a Category 5 storm with 185 mph winds and has made landfall in the Bahamas. Reports of extensive damage to the island are coming in. Predictions from the National Hurricane Center have Dorian turning north and threatening Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas.
  • Veteran weather reporter Cheryl White is on the ground in Cocoa Beach, Florida
  • Hurricane Dorian will “continue to pound” Grand Bahama Island for the rest of today and tonight and will move “dangerously close” to Florida’s east coast, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) warned in its latest update.
  • Cocoa Beach Issues Mandatory Evacuation Order. Hurricane Dorian wrecks Labor Day break at Cocoa Beach and Cape Canaveral. COCOA BEACH – One of Orlando’s favorite beach escapes would have been wall-to-wall with Labor Day sunbathers — but for Hurricane Dorian. Most restaurants, beach shops and hotels were stacking chairs, aligning sandbags and turning off the vacancy signs. Sunday traffic on State Road A1A through Cape Canaveral and Cocoa Beach was with a purpose other than vacationing. Brevard County’s barrier island evacuation notice had been for early Sunday morning, resulting in many people clearing out on Saturday. But as Dorian has defied forecasts, officials moved the notice to Monday morning.

7am – E         Terrifying photographs reveal the mangled wreck of Kevin Hart’s vintage Plymouth Barracuda as he claims he WASN’T driving when it veered off road and plummeted into a ditch in late-night crash. Kevin Hart says he as not driving when his vintage Plymouth Barracuda veered off the road at 1am on Sunday. Driver Jared Black lost control of Hart’s 1970 Plymouth Barracuda and it veered off the road and down a hill. Black, 28, and the third passenger, Hart’s wife personal trainer Rebecca Broxterman, were trapped inside. A member of Kevin’s security team turned up in a black SUV to pick the group up, according to a witness. (Daily Mail) –  This is the terrifying wreckage of Kevin Hart’s vintage car after it veered off the road and plummeted into a ditch. The comedian, 40, was left hospitalised and may need major back surgery following the horror crash in the early hours of Sunday morning in the hills of Malibu. Hart was the passenger in a 1970 Plymouth Barracuda with his wife’s personal trainer Rebecca Broxterman, 31, and her fiancé Jared Black, 28.   Black, who was driving, lost control of the car as it veered off the road and down a hill off of Mulholland Highway around 1am.   Black and Broxterman, an Instagram fitness model, were trapped inside.   ‘Hart and Black sustained major back injuries as a result of this collision and were transported and treated at nearby hospitals,’ Highway Patrol said in a report. The pair sustained no injuries and Black was not under the influence.   It came just hours after Hart posted to social media behind the wheel of the classic car.  Video shows a broken white picket fence with a number of emergency services responding to the collision. His car careened down an embankment roughly ’10 feet off the road’ and smashed into a wooden fence, crushing the roof on impact.


8am – A         INTERVIEW – AMBER ATHEY – White House Correspondent, The Daily Caller – discussed the latest White House news.

  • TRUMP RESPONDS TO TX SHOOTING:
  • Trump responds to Odessa shooting: “Background checks wouldn’t have stopped any of it” / “We’re looking at a lot of different bills, ideas, concepts,” President Trump says, adding that “for the most part” stronger background checks would not have stopped shootings over the past several years, so “it’s a big problem. It’s a mental problem”
  • RESIGNATION OF TRUMP’S PERSONAL ASSISTANT: DAILY MAIL: Donald Trump fired his personal assistant because she revealed he thinks Tiffany is OVERWEIGHT and couldn’t pick his younger daughter ‘out of a crowd’ – then bragged she was closer to him than Tiffany and Ivanka.  Donald Trump’s gatekeeper Madeleine Westerhout, who told reporters during an off-the-record dinner that the president thought his daughter Tiffany was overweight, also spoke to them about his 13-year-old son Barron. Westerhout resigned from the White House on Thursday, more than a week after the dinner took place.  After details about what she had said came to light, Trump said that he loves his daughter Tiffany. Speaking on the White House South Lawn before flying to Camp David for the weekend, the president said the claim was ‘absolutely false.’ He praised Tiffany as a ‘great person,’ saying he planned to speak to her later and called what was said ‘hurtful.’ And he said Westerhout had called him to say she had been drinking when she spoke to White House correspondents at an ‘off the record’ dinner.At the dinner, Westerhout reportedly also spoke about Trump’s youngest son Barron and his eating habits, according to The New York Times. She also reportedly told journalists that she had a better relationship with Trump than his daughters, Tiffany and Ivanka.  Westerhout was dramatically removed late Thursday as Oval Office gatekeeper for Trump after spilling inside information about the president’s daughters and Barron.She aired her claims about the president’s family over drinks with members of the media who Trump regularly lambastes as the ‘fake news,’ Politico revealed.
  • Trump tweets he won’t sue personal assistant like ‘disgusting’ Omarosa. (FoxBusiness) President Trump Opens a New Window.  said in a tweet Saturday morning that he doesn’t plan to file a lawsuit against his former personal assistant Madeleine Westerhourt, who abruptly left her job earlier this week after sharing private information about the president and his family. “While Madeleine Westerhout has a fully enforceable confidentiality agreement, she is a very good person and I don’t think there would ever be reason to use it,” Trump said.  “She called me yesterday to apologize, had a bad night. I fully understood and forgave her!

8am – B         ENTERTAINMENT NEWS:

  • “Friends” Hasn’t Aged Well.  Friends’ 25th anniversary is in September, but here’s the thing — this show has always been awful. (Scaachi Koul / BuzzFeed News Reporter) — I’m starting to realize that in internet years, I’m very old. But instead of feeling irrelevant because of my ignorance of current memes or the fact that, increasingly, all my tweets are about how much I hate air travel, I feel compelled to share my hard-earned wisdom. The further away I get from my youth, the more I want to warn the younger generation, those Gen Z’ers in their puka shell necklaces and scrunchies and Vans that what they love is actually unmitigated garbage. I never knew I’d be repeating the sentences my Gen X brother used to say to me — “When you’re older, you’ll understand that I’m right” — and yet here I am, telling my niece that no, I will not be watching Friends with her. Friends, my darling, is terrible. This September will mark the 25th anniversary of the premiere of Friends, and like most significant pop culture anniversaries, it’s set off an outpouring of collective nostalgia. Pop-up events, public screenings, and merchandise are all materializing for die-hard fans, because everyone could use a bracelet with a catcall written on it. People are debating whether Friends or Seinfeld is better (not to spoil my own article, but it’s Seinfeld and this should be obvious). Marine biologists who probably spent years in school and hundreds of thousands of dollars on their education are out here informing us that, actually, lobsters don’t mate for life, contrary to what Phoebe, a fictional character in a bad television show whose entire personality trait is being flighty, said at some point in the late ’90s. We have also recently learned that the monkey actor who played Ross’s pet (an actual plotline from a show about people living in New York, where half the landlords won’t even let you have a well-behaved dog) is still working — which is, I guess, good for the monkey. The content never ends, and yet, somehow, people never seem to lose their appetite for more. It was recently reported that Robert De Niro is suing a former employee for, in part, watching 55 episodes of Friends in four days. I don’t want to be dramatic, but if I read one more headline that says “Could we BE any more excited?” about some Friends-related news, I will throw myself into the nearest active volcano.
  • ‘WILL & GRACE’ CAST CALL FOR BLACKLISTING TRUMP SUPPORTERS IN HOLLYWOOD:
    • Trump slaps at ‘Will & Grace’ star Debra Messing over call for blacklist of his Hollywood backers despite packed day preparing for massive hurricane and responding to mass-shooting.
    • Debra Messing demanded a Hollywood trade magazine publish a list of Trump supporters who attend this month’s re-election campaign fundraiser in LA.  As the White House prepared a government-wide response to Hurricane Dorian and tried to avoid public discussion of a mass-shooting in Texas, Donald Trump succumbed to a distraction on Sunday by Twitter-venting at actress Debra Messing for trying to blacklist the quiet ranks of his Hollywood supporters.  Messing, 51, of the gay-themed TV comedy ‘Will & Grace,’ and her Canadian-born co-star Eric MacCormack, 56, both tweeted this weekend about Trump’s planned September 17 Los Angeles fundraiser. ‘Please print a list of all attendees please. The public has a right to know,’ she tweeted Saturday, responding to a Hollywood Reporter story about the president’s upcoming West coast political swing.  McCormack had already asked the trade magazine to ‘[k]indly report on everyone attending this event, so the rest of us can be clear about who we don’t wanna work with. Thx.’
    • Trump rips into Will & Grace star Debra Messing and ‘NBC’s failed line-up’ for calling for his Hollywood supporters to be blacklisted – despite his packed day preparing for the monster hurricane and responding to the Odessa shooting: Donald J. Trump @realDonaldTrump I have not forgotten that when it was announced that I was going to do The Apprentice, and when it then became a big hit, helping NBC’s failed lineup greatly, @DebraMessing came up to me at an Upfront & profusely thanked me, even calling me “Sir.” How times have changed!
    • ‘Will & Grace’ star Eric McCormack slammed after calling for blacklisting of Trump donors in Hollywood. (Fox News) —  “Will & Grace” star Eric McCormack drew comparisons to the late Sen. Joseph McCarthy on Friday after calling for the boycotting of those in Hollywood who attend an upcoming California fundraiser for President Trump. Canadian-born McCormack, 56, said he wants the Trump donors’ names revealed so “the rest of us can be clear about who we don’t wanna work with.” Trump plans to attend the Sept. 17 fundraiser in Beverly Hills during a trip to California that will also include visits to the San Francisco Bay Area and San Diego, The Hollywood Reporter wrote Thursday. Tickets for the Beverly Hills event, scheduled during the week of the Emmy Awards, will reportedly start at $1,000, with packages for couples costing as much as $100,000. Hosts for the event will reportedly be Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel, RNC co-chairman Tommy Hicks Jr., Trump 2020 campaign manager Brad Parscale and Trump Victory finance chairman Todd Ricketts. In a Twitter message on Friday, McCormack asked that the Hollywood Reporter name names when it comes to fundraiser attendees. “Hey, @THR, kindly report on everyone attending this event,” he wrote, “so the rest of us can be clear about who we don’t want to worrk with. Thx.”

8am – D         INTERVIEW – KEVIN LEWIS – News reporter for WJLA ABC 7

  • Illegal immigrant is arrested for ‘sexually assaulting his 15-year-old stepdaughter’ – the SEVENTH such case in Maryland in just five weeks.
  • WJLA: Cops: Man rapes 15-year-old Md. girl, ICE confirms suspect is repeat immigration violator

8am – E         Video shows St. Louis bar patron calmly lighting cigarette during armed stick-up. (Fox News) — A man armed with what police said was a heavily modified pistol showed up at a St. Louis bar early Wednesday and ordered patrons to the ground—but Tony Tovar didn’t budge from his seat. “I said not another punk trying to pull a punk move,” Tovar told KSDK-TV Friday of the incident in Behrmann’s Tavern. “I’m so tired of people in south city trying to muscle their way in with firearms or bad attitude or some kind of aggression,” he said. “I wasn’t gonna comply.” Footage of the attempted stick-up shows the hold-up man grabbing Tovar’s cellphone and Tovar grabbing it back. It then shows Tovar calmly take a cigarette, light it and take a puff as the robber points his weapon at him from the other side of the bar. The robber made off with $300 in cash from the register, according to reports. No one was hurt. “I wasn’t really concerned,” Tovar told the station. “I just had a really good feeling he wasn’t out to harm anybody he just wanted drug money.” Kevin Moore was charged in connection with the heist, the station reported Friday evening. Police said Moore has a rap sheet with convictions for assault, robbery and weapon possession. Tovar wasn’t recommending that anyone in his shoes do what he did. “It’s probably not in your best interest if they have a loaded firearm, I wouldn’t suggest that to just anybody,” he said.


 

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