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Disagreement about liquor ID becomes fight, robbery and DWI

Store clerks who sell liquor in Pennsylvania are required to ask for identification and proof that the customer is old enough to legally purchase intoxicating beverages. Ordinarily, the transaction is simple and quick, but a recent argument about showing identification turned into accusations of a fight, a robbery and a DWI.

The incident occurred in a store in South Scranton when three men were asked for identification before they could purchase beer.

According to the clerk, his request for identification somehow angered the three men, and a heated argument ensued. The three customers allegedly yelled at the clerk, saying they "had a Hummer" and no ID was required.

According to police, two men were sitting at a nearby table tried to defuse the situation. When one of the men rose to intervene, one of the three customers allegedly pushed him in the face. Police said that he fell to the floor under a hail of punches from the three men. One of the trio grabbed a gold chain from the man's neck, and another member of the group grabbed the victim's cell phone.

The three alleged assailants fled from the store, but a witness was able to copy the license number of their vehicle and give it to police. Police stopped the vehicle a short distance away. The victim of the alleged assault was brought to the scene of the arrest and said that those were the men who assaulted him. The driver was charged with a DWI, and all three men were arrested and charged with robbery, conspiracy, theft, simple assault and harassment.

The defendants in this case are facing serious criminal charges. If convicted, they face jail terms and fines. Anyone facing similar charges may wish to seek advice from an experienced criminal defense attorney. A knowledgeable attorney can provide a helpful evaluation of the facts of the case and, if circumstances warrant, assist in obtaining a favorable plea agreement.

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