Police: Dorchester teen tries, fails to hold up two people at gunpoint

Boston Police charge Morgado Veiga, 19, tried to hold up two people in rapid succession yesterday afternoon but was successfully turned away by both.

Veiga, police say, first showed a gun to a woman walking in the area of Sudan and Sydney streets around 5:05 p.m. and demanded her phone. However, she started screaming, which apparently scared him off and he fled without her phone.

About five minutes later, police say, Veiga tried holding up a man on Sydney Street, but his would-be victim instead pushed the gun away, the ran and eluded Veiga.

Police say officers responding to both reports didn't have to look too hard to find him - not only did both victims provide a similar description, he stood out because he was wearing only a T-shirt in the 39-degree weather.

Police say they found Veiga's jacket - and a pellet gun in one pocket - abandoned nearby on Carson Street.

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      and that is why you STAND UP

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      The police have been telling us to just hand over our valuables like good little sheeple. Well, that has successfully bred thieves who just expect you to hand over your stuff.

      Well, go right ahead, be a

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      Well, go right ahead, be a test case!

      But seriously, I agree with you -- the overall "optimal" thing to do is resist. Would-be thieves will get discouraged, since they are pretty risk-averse anyway. But when it comes down to someone shoving a gun in your face, are you really willing to take one for the team? Not so easy, is it?

      yeah, robbers don't shoot people

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      "But when it comes down to someone shoving a gun in your face, are you really willing to take one for the team? "

      When's the last time you heard about someone getting shot for a robbery?

      Here's a news flash: robbery, even armed, doesn't get you much jail time. Murder, however, does.

      "When's the last time you

      "When's the last time you heard about someone getting shot for a robbery?"

      I'm from Los Angeles. It happens all the time. And even if in Boston it very very rarely happens, do you really want to find out if it will happen to you? I am saying this from personal experience, as well. I've been held up at gunpoint. The last thing that was crossing my mind was "if I resist and then if at least a handful of other people resist, maybe we will see a 20% decrease in armed robbery over the next three quarters."

      Oh, one ore thing. My mother's high-school boyfriend was shot by an armed robber (1965, Highland Park, NJ) when trying to chase him down the street so he didn't get away.

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