Two armed robbery suspects walked into Monaghan's Pub in Woodlawn, Maryland on the evening of Tuesday, August 29 expecting easy pickings. What they walked into was a bar full of cops.
Joseph McInnis III, age 21, and Tyree McCoy, age 22, are now behind bars after they made the mistake of a lifetime. The two men entered Monaghan's Pub a little after 5:30 p.m.. As they were holding up the bar's take-out counter at gunpoint, one of the employees rushed over to tell the guests what was happening. Not so they could flee or take cover, mind you, but so they could jump into action.
McInnis and McCoy chose, quite literally, the worst bar to rob that night: a bar full of cops. You see, a party of around two dozen off-duty police officers was celebrating a fellow officer's retirement that night and when they learned that pub employees were being held at gunpoint, they sprung into action.
"At that time, the person who had been behind the counter knew that there was a retirement party for a police officer happening, so they went into the other portion and alerted the officers to the fact that they had just been involved in an armed robbery," explained Baltimore County police officer Jennifer Peach.
I'm sure that [McInnis and McCoy] weren't planning on there being a large room filled with police officers."
After employees handed over the cash, both armed men fled the pub. But they didn't get far. The party of off-duty police officers were right behind them and quickly tackled and put both suspects into custody. None of the bar's employees or patrons were injured during the robbery. The suspects, however, were not so lucky.
Had they done even a shred of research, Joseph McInnis and Tyree McCoy would have known that Monaghan's Pub is a known police officer hangout. There were more officers there than there were at the police station... To be honest, though, these mugshots look exactly like what I would expect to see from suspects who tried to rob a bar full of cops...
Here's the real plot twist, though. The arresting officers are now at the center of a use of force investigation. Police reports indicate that one officer hit McCoy with a closed fist when police could not get control of his arms after tackling him. After he was tackled, the officers knew the suspect was armed and feared he was reaching for his gun. Both suspects have been charged with armed robbery and illegal possession of a handgun, meaning that the officers' fears were justified. Nevertheless, the use of force incident is being investigated since it is standard procedure to investigate anytime a suspect comes into the station with a black eye...
Police use of force is a heated topic in and around Baltimore, with multiple cases in recent years calling police response strategies into question when excessive force was used. However, in this case -- where the suspects were armed -- a closed-fist punch is hardly considered disproportionate use of force.
What do you think? Is there any worse place to rob than a bar full of cops? Should the officers be put under investigation for punching the armed robbery suspect? Let us know in the comments below!