This has to be one of the most insane fake ticket stories ever. It has all the ingredients of juicy content: Bama fans, the national championship, Craigslist, fake tickets and a “long, cold object.” Strap in, because this one is an absolute rollercoaster ride. Let’s jump straight into the action.
From Tampa Bay Times:
As scalper Joseph Steven Escalera began the transaction, his customer’s two brothers snuck up from behind. One pinned Escalera to his chair, pinching a nerve between his neck and shoulder while holding a long, cold object to the back of his head. The other two took his shoes and socks, as well as six tickets to that night’s game they found tucked in Escalera’s waistband.
When Tampa police arrived, they arrested Escalera.
It took police 10 minutes to arrive. It’s a good thing they came quickly, said Bryant Gentry, 29, one of the brothers, all from Louisiana. The only thing keeping Escalera in his chair was the Coca-Cola bottle pressed to his head.
Holy. Fucking. Hell. That escalated so damn fast.
I’ll be honest, I had to read this story a few times to figure out who the bad guys were. The two Bama fan brothers who took this guy hostage are the good guys. The scalper, Escalera, is the bad guy. Keep up.
Bryant Gentry and one of his brothers traveled to Tampa Bay in hopes of attending the national championship game between Clemson and Alabama. They booked their hotel and everything in hopes of snagging some tickets while in town. They were contacted by Escalera earlier in the week, who sold them tickets for $2,000 — a steep but fair price to pay for a set of entry passes to the natty. The tickets looked legit at first, but further examination showed they were fake.
“We started thinking about all the other people he was probably taking advantage of and it made us mad,” Gentry said. “What if some little kid’s hopes of going to the game were dashed?”
Still, what police recovered that day confirmed to the brothers that their time was well spent, they said. Not only were the six tickets they found on Escalera counterfeit, but 24 additional fake tickets were found in his hotel room, along with $1,700 cash.”
SEALS? Yeah, Navy SEALS. Something tells me these brothers are/were in some branch of U.S. military at some point.
Kudos to you fellas for taking this guy down and having the evidence to back up your extremely public heist. Sorry ‘bout your team, though. You only have to wait another year for the next opportunity at least!
[via Tampa Bay Times]
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