Hospital Employee Arrested After Robbery Attempt, Foot Chase

by ARLnow.com March 5, 2012 at 12:44 am 5,300 25 Comments

A Virginia Hospital Center worker has been arrested and charged in a bizarre attempted robbery at the hopsital.

Police say 48-year-old Alexandria resident Albert Murray, an employee at the hopsital’s cafeteria, tried to rob his own employer over the weekend.

According to police, Murray took a taxi to the hospital around 4:00 p.m. on Saturday. While the cab waited outside, Murray allegedly went to the food service office in the cafeteria, confronted his manager with a knife, and demanded the combination to the safe. When the manager insisted she didn’t know the combination, police say, Murray bound her hands and feet with electrical cord, placed the safe on an office chair, and wheeled the chair out to the waiting cab.

The taxi driver became suspicious as Murray was loading the safe into the trunk and jumped out of the cab, according to police. At that point, hospital security ran outside. Murray is then accused of getting into the driver’s seat of the cab and trying to drive away. The cab driver, however, somehow managed to jump into the passenger seat of the hybrid taxi and kill the ignition with the press of a button.

Police say Murray then fled on foot. Officers quickly located him and, after a brief foot pursuit, Murray was taken into custody without further incident, according to police.

Murray was charged with abduction, grand larceny, two counts of robbery, and possession of PCP, according to Arlington County Police spokesman Dustin Sternbeck.

  • nunya

    thank you ArlNow. i enjoyed this with my morning coffee. the guy is a genius.

  • Quoth the Raven

    “The taxi driver became suspicious as Murray was loading the safe into the trunk…”

    This could be one of the greatest sentences ever written.

  • Will Rubin

    Struck me as oh so bizarre until I got to the sentence containing “…and possession of PCP…”

    • Carmen

      Me too. I was like WTF, until I read about the PCP

  • Try The Tacos

    I would probably pay money to see a reenactment of this using the Dax Shepard character from ‘Idiocracy’. As he wheels out the safe he’d be saying “Oh I like money!” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sZHCVyllnck

    • “I can’t believe you like money too. We should hang out.”

  • Greeny

    At least the perp picked out a hybrid taxi. Go Green!

    • WeiQiang

      He had read his “Car-Free Diet Handbook”.

      • Really


  • Wow. You just can’t make this kind of stuff up! Thanks for the morning smile.

  • Debbie Allen

    I think the taxi driver should be hailed as a hero, or at the very least a good citizen. He isn’t getting any attention in this and he was very instrumental, and really risked his life to save his taxi and get the guy caught.

    • JEB

      . . . very true – I hope he gets some recognition . . .

    • Tabs


  • Happy Reader

    Great reporting on the perfect story. Bizarre crime, exciting twists, perp gets caught, and most importantly, nobody got hurt.

    • nunya

      only thing missing. zombies.

  • arlcyclist

    PCP is a hell of a drug.

  • Andy

    It seems well thought out. I don’t understand how it could have gone wrong.

    • ArlingtonNative


  • Stitch_Jones

    Drugs are so harmless.

    • ef yourself

      *prohibted* drugs are so harmless

  • Inothernews

    In related news, police dropped a single charge against the cabbie for aiding and abetting a burglary. As the cabbie explained, “I was just trying to make sure I could justify the $1.00 baggage handling fee.”

  • Mike

    My mother works at Virginia hospital center as communications supervisor & she told me about it the other day when she arrived home from work…that’s some scary stuff & good thing it didn’t happen in her department.

    I’m glad they coaught this guy & like she told me how did he think he was gonna get away with it? His employer knew where he lived,his SSN etc. so he would’ve been cauguht in a manner of hours had he not been caught sooner…this one falls into the “crooks are real stupid” category for sure.

  • Stillwell87

    What a genius.

  • JunkSmith

    Stupid, no… PCP, YEAH! Okay, I guess he was stupid for using PCP …so you’re right! I’m sure he needed more money because he was getting low on PCP.

  • “TuXCuhFEZanAk-1328753364479 Thanks for that awesome posting. It saved MUCH time 🙂


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