LARA CROFT MODEL
PROMPTS ARMED RAID
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[ May 29th 2008 ]
shop owner David Williams has had the shock of
his life after armed police from Greater Manchester
mistook a statue of video-game icon Lara
Croft standing in his living room for a gun-wielding
criminal and stormed his house.
than apologise for their misadventure, police
then arrested Mr Williams and held him for more
than 13 hours before being released. To add further
insult to injury, Mr Williams is now on bail for
a suspected firearms offence, and Lara Croft remains
impounded as evidence.
would have been laughable if it hadn't been so
terrifying," he told British newspaper Daily
Mail. "One of the police held a gun and yelled,
'Where's the weapon, where's the weapon?' I didn't
have a clue what was going on, I assumed they'd
got the wrong house. I couldn't believe it when
I realised they'd mistaken a Lara Croft dummy
for someone with a gun."
to the Daily Mail, a spokesman for Greater Manchester
Police said officers peered inside after Mr Williams
failed to answer his front door. "They believed
they saw a silhouette of a person pointing what
appeared to be a firearm inside the house," she
followed correct procedure by withdrawing to await
armed officers," she added. "Officers then
went into the house and found a mannequin holding
a toy weapon."
will find out later this month if he faces charges
for a suspected firearms offence.