Monday, June 12, 2017

On This Date in Minnesota History: June 12

June 12, 1913 – In one of the most daring holdup this year, Jacob Wocheley, a laborer, was robbed of $9, while more than a score of people looked on. The robbery occurred on Nicollet Ave. and Second St. this evening around 11 while storekeepers and passersby were within a few feet of the robber.

Wocheley had paid for his lodging at the Pioneer Hotel on Second St. South, and placed the remainder of his money in his pocket. A few minutes after leaving the hotel he was stopped by a man who quietly demanded that he hand over his money. Wocheley refused and the robber then quickly reached in his pocket. A fight ensued in which Wocheley was beaten.

Wocheley, however, held onto the man and tried to push him into the entrance of a nearby pawnshop. The pawnbroker, believing it to be a fight, refused assistance. Wocheley called on others to help him, but no one came to his aid. The holdup man made a final dash, losing his coat in the process. Wocheley took the coat to police headquarters.

The Minneapolis Morning Tribune; “Many Persons See Holdup. Laborer Robbed of $9 While Spectators Decline to Give Assistance.”; June 13, 1913; p. 1.


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