Different copper – but, you get the idea

Jerome Blanchett took a loaded handgun into the Holiday Inn-Harrisburg East on Friday, passing dozens of unmarked police cars in the parking lot and a sign at the hotel’s entrance welcoming 300 officers to the Pennsylvania Narcotic Officers’ Association conference, police said.

Nevertheless, the 19-year-old Harrisburg man went into the men’s room and waited to rob the next person who walked through the door, police said.

Unfortunately for Blanchett, that person was John Comparetto, a retired New York City Police Department lieutenant. “He chose to rob a cop in a place where there were 300 cops,” Comparetto said afterward. “He’s not very bright…”

Blanchett demanded money, and Comparetto handed over $138, police said. Blanchett took Comparetto’s cell phone, told him to drop his pants and threatened to kill him if he tried to follow him, police said.

Seconds after Blanchett left the bathroom, Comparetto pulled a handgun from his ankle holster and went after his attacker, he said. Their guns drawn, he and other officers took Blanchett into custody as he was trying to get into a taxi outside the hotel…

“I knew I could take away the gun, but I hurt my back a few years ago,” Comparetto said. “I’m too old to be fighting people. So I made an assessment that I would cooperate and worry about this afterward.”

“This should make all Pennsylvania news as the dumbest criminal in Pennsylvania.”

This clown qualifies as one of the dumbest crooks in the country.




  1. sargasso says:

    A smart cop. He probably saved his own and the offender’s life.

  2. Zybch says:

    Sorry, but why is this idiot more stupid than the next jerk?? If the cop cars were all **unmarked** as the article says then he had no idea whom he was going to try to mug so the intimation that he walked past known cop cars is a false and misleading one.

  3. Zybch says:

    In addition, the only really dump person here was the ‘idiot’ who let this guy out on bail in the first place. With 2 priors before even that, what did they expect him to do? Basket weaving for the disabled??

  4. John Paradox says:

    His mistake is that he should have STAYED AT the Holiday Inn!

    (we’ve all seen those commercials, right?)

    J/P=?

  5. Mr. Fusion says:

    #3, Zybch

    If you have ever seen an unmarked police car you would know it is a police car.

  6. AdmFubar says:

    dummest criminal i’ve heard of is the one who robbed a doughnut shop next to the police station…

  7. Ron Larson says:

    There was the idiot who tried to hold up a Caldwell-Banker office. That is a real-estate office. He couldn’t understand why there was no vault or money.

  8. amodedoma says:

    Fear and Loathing in the Keystone State


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