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Room service Robbery. (Exercising the Right).

Last year, Steven D. Robey, 46, and daughter Sarina, 16, moved to New Smyrna Beach, Florida, from Cape Coral, but they recently decided to move back. While house hunting, they were staying at a hotel in Fort Myers when, at around 9 a.m. on August 24th, Mr. Robey ordered breakfast via room service as his daughter slept. When the order was late arriving, he went to the dining room for a danish and coffee, then returned to the room.

Moments later, there was a knock at the door. Mr. Robey thought it was a hotel employee with the breakfast he had ordered, but instead two male strangers confronted him. One of them asked for money while the other stood off to the side. They had apparently targeted Mr. Robey as a victim while he was in the dining room. When Robey refused, and attempted to shut the door, they pushed their way into the room. Phillip C. Nelson, 42, forced Robey onto a bed and held a gun to his head. His accomplice, Ernest Major, 22, grabbed Sarina and began dragging her toward the bathroom.

Licensed to carry a concealed firearm, Mr. Robey had a loaded .45 caliber semiautomatic pistol hidden under his pillow. He managed to reach the gun and chamber a round, then turn and open fire, striking Nelson several times. He then took aim at Major and continued firing until his gun was empty, striking his daughter's assailant in the abdomen, an arm, and a leg.

Sarina ran to the hotel's front desk and had a clerk call 911. Nelson, though mortally wounded, continued to struggle with Mr. Robey before falling to the floor. He died a few hours later at a local hospital.

Major was taken to the same facility, where he was listed in critical but stable condition. He was charged with attempted murder, attempted robbery, and felony murder (the latter because someone died during the commission of the crime).
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Author:Lee, Robert W.
Publication:The New American
Date:Oct 21, 2002
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