PORT ST. LUCIE, FLORIDA (AP) -- Police say an attempted robbery
suspect was thwarted by caller ID and by the fact that he tried to
rob a retired sheriff who carries a gun in his robe when he answers
the door late at night.
Police say Travis Suomi banged on former
Sheriff C.L. Norvell's door shortly after 1 a.m. Wednesday and asked to
use the telephone. Norvell said he gave Suomi a cordless phone and Suomi
made a call in the front yard.
Police said Suomi then returned to
the phone to Norvell and announced that it was a robbery. But Norvell drew
a .38-caliber pistol from his robe pocket, he says, and ordered Suomi to
leave, which he did.
About 10 minutes later, Suomi's girlfriend
apparently used caller ID to return Suomi's call, police said. Norvell
answered, and since he also has caller ID, he was able to take down the
number the woman was calling from. It turned out to be Suomi's home phone
Suomi, 23, was arrested and charged with home invasion
robbery. He was being held Thursday at the St. Lucie County Jail on
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