Authorities: Would-be robber pulls knife on off-duty trooper

Authorities say a 22-year-old would-be robber pulled a knife on the wrong Dunkin' Donuts customer: an off-duty Massachusetts state trooper.

The Sun reports ( ) Trooper William Hall told police he was at a Lowell Dunkin' Donuts on Wednesday when Reynaldo Tirado asked him for money. Prosecutors say Tirado followed him when Hall refused and, once outside, he pulled a knife and demanded money.

But prosecutors say Hall pulled out his cellphone and told the Lowell man he was calling the police. Authorities say Tirado fled and was eventually tracked down by officers.

Defense attorney Erich Bryant says his client has mental health issues and denied threatening anyone with a knife. He's charged with assault with a dangerous weapon. It's the second time in three days that Tirado has been arrested.


Information from: The (Lowell, Mass.) Sun,