[<< wikinews] Robber holds retired NYC police officer at gunpoint during convention
Sunday, March 29, 2009 

John Comparetto, a retired New York City Police Department lieutenant, was held at gunpoint on Friday morning by an armed nineteen year old in a hotel bathroom who demanded Comparetto's money and cellphone.
Comparetto handed over both to the thief. When the criminal took off with the money, Comparetto drew his gun from an ankle holster and immediately chased after the robber. Comparetto asked the hotel desk clerk which way the suspect went, and told the clerk to alert officers at a police convention that a fellow policeman was “in need of assistance”.
A police officer's convention was being held at the Holiday Inn near Harrisburg Friday for 300 narcotics police officers in attendance from Pennsylvania and Ohio.
The teen departed the scene in a taxi cab outside the hotel.  
Comparetto said, "I stopped the cab at gunpoint. Ten other cops came running out and we arrested probably the dumbest criminal in Pennsylvania." 
Jerome Marquis Blanchett is being held at Dauphin County Prison following his arrest.


== Sources ==
 "Dumbest crook in Pennsylvania" — dvorak.org, March 28, 2009
 "'Dumbest criminal in Pennsylvania' arrested" — The Associated Press, March 27, 2009
 "Retired Officer Says Robber Held Him Up At Police Convention" — WGAL, March 27, 2009