You know that old saying: You rob banks because that's where the money is. Evidently Lavelle Hopkins of Hughes Springs never availed himself of that wisdom. How else can you explain the crime he is accused of committing yesterday morning?
Simply put, police in the East Texas town of Daingerfield say that Hopkins held up the town's public library.
That's right. The freaking library.
Omar Little wept.
According to East Texas's KLTV, this epic gangsta move went down like this: Right after the library opened, the suspect came in and asked for computer privileges. Earlene Walton, a 23-year-veteran librarian, signed him in and allowed him to use one, even though, and I know this will surprise you all, Hopkins did not possess a library card.
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That was when the suspect told Walton that he had left something in his car and would be right back. Lavelle comin', yo!
Turns out that something was a pistol, which the suspect pointed at Walton's face. The suspect then snatched a jar marked "Friends of the Daingerfield Library" that reportedly contained less than $100 and made his getaway.
We've paid library fines that approached that figure, so we could maybe understand the motive a little more if the suspect got soaked after failing to return his copy of The Tipping Point in a timely manner. Apparently, the facts don't fit that scenario, so his motive in selecting this target remains a mystery.
At any rate, later the same day, police arrested Hopkins and charged him with aggravated robbery, a first-degree felony punishable by anything from five years to life in prison.