Man Calls 911, Doesn’t Know His Address

WJXT-TV (Jacksonville, Florida), November 4, 2009


Von Powell, 22, who lives near Gainesville, had a hard time doing both of those things after he said he was the victim of a home robbery.

The man also told police that one of the things stolen was his “personal stash” of marijuana.


“He let the responding deputies know that he was sitting on the couch drinking a beer, watching a movie and smoking a blunt,” a deputy said.

Alachua County deputies were called out early Tuesday morning to Powell’s home. Powell told the 911 dispatcher that two men had burst through his door and robbed him at gunpoint.

The problem was he waited nearly an hour to call police. He also had no idea where he lived.

Police eventually found Powell by driving around his Green Leaf neighborhood.

Investigators said when officers arrived, Powell said the robbers had made off with $800 and a bag of Powell’s marijuana.


Police said Powell was not arrested for possession of marijuana because there was a lack of physical evidence. After all, his stash was reportedly stolen.

Police said that Powell has been arrested on drug charges in the past.


Von Powell.

[Editor’s Note: Audio of Von Powell’s 911 call can be downloaded here. Some readers may recall, in this connection, an article published in the September 2003 issue of American Renaissance by a lawyer whose law practice included many black clients. That article, “Urban Law 101–What I Didn’t Learn in Law School: Adventures with Black Clients” is available here.]


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