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    WASHINGTON - A grand feast of marinated steaks and jumbo shrimp was winding down, and a group of friends was sitting on the back patio of a Capitol Hill home, sipping red wine. Suddenly, a hooded man slid in through an open gate and put the barrel of a handgun to the head of a 14-year-old guest.

    "Give me your money, or I'll start shooting," he demanded, according to D.C. police and witness accounts.

    The five other guests, including the girls' parents, froze -- and then one spoke.

    "We were just finishing dinner," Cristina "Cha Cha" Rowan, 43, blurted out. "Why don't you have a glass of wine with us?"

    The intruder took a sip of their Chateau Malescot St-Exupéry and said, "Damn, that's good wine."

    The girl's father, Michael Rabdau, 51, who described the harrowing evening in an interview, told the intruder, described as being in his 20s, to take the whole glass. Rowan offered him the bottle. The would-be robber, his hood now down, took another sip and had a bite of Camembert cheese that was on the table.

    Then he tucked the gun into the pocket of his nylon sweatpants.

    "I think I may have come to the wrong house," he said, looking around the patio of the home in the 1300 block of Constitution Avenue NE.

    "I'm sorry," he told the group. "Can I get a hug?"

    Rowan, who lives in Falls Church and works part time at her children's school, stood up and wrapped her arms around him. Then it was Rabdau's turn. Then his wife's. The other two guests complied.

    "That's really good wine," the man said, taking another sip. He had a final request: "Can we have a group hug?"

    The five adults surrounded him, arms out.

    With that, the man walked out with a crystal wine glass in hand, filled with Chateau Malescot. No one was hurt, and nothing was stolen.

    The homeowner, Xavier Cervera, 45, had gone out to walk his dog at the end of the party and missed the incident, which happened about midnight June 16. Police classified the case as strange but true and said they had not located a suspect.

    "We believe it is a true robbery," said Cmdr. Diane Groomes, who is in charge of patrols in the Capitol Hill area. But it's one-of-a-kind, she said, adding, "I've never heard of a robber joining a party and then walking out to the sunset."

    The hug, she said, was especially unusual. "They should have squeezed him and held onto him for us," she said.

    Rabdau said he hasn't been able to figure out what happened.

    "I was definitely expecting there would be some kind of casualty," Rabdau said this week. "He was very aggressive at first; then it turned into a love fest. I don't know what it was."

    Rabdau, a federal government worker who lives in Anne Arundel County with his family and lived on Capitol Hill with his wife in the 1980s, said that the episode lasted about 10 minutes but seemed like an hour. He believes the guests were spared because they kept a positive attitude during the exchange.

    "There was this degree of disbelief and terror at the same time," Rabdau said. "Then it miraculously just changed. His whole emotional tone turned -- like, we're one big happy family now. I thought: Was it the wine? Was it the cheese?"

    After the intruder left, the guests walked inside the house, locked the door and stared at each other. They didn't say a word. Rabdau dialed 911. Police arrived quickly and took a report. They also dusted for fingerprints -- so far, to no avail.

    In the alley behind the home, investigators found the intruder's empty crystal wine glass on the ground, unbroken.
    "Watch what people are cynical about, and one can often discover what they lack.” -- Gen. George S. Patton

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    Sounds like one of those stories you hear on the 700 Club....
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    To begin with, what kind of professional criminal robs a fucking BBQ? Compound that by the fact that his timing is so rotten that in doing so, he misses the main course of steak and shrimp?

    By the way, what kind of host serves cheese and wine after the main course? Lucky they didn't get shot.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chefcraig View Post
    To begin with, what kind of professional criminal robs a fucking BBQ? Compound that by the fact that his timing is so rotten that in doing so, he misses the main course of steak and shrimp?

    By the way, what kind of host serves cheese and wine after the main course? Lucky they didn't get shot.
    Absolutly nothing wrong with serving a cheese course after entree.....followed by a dessert.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chefcraig View Post
    To begin with, what kind of professional criminal robs a fucking BBQ? Compound that by the fact that his timing is so rotten that in doing so, he misses the main course of steak and shrimp?

    By the way, what kind of host serves cheese and wine after the main course? Lucky they didn't get shot.


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    Quote Originally Posted by onefootoutthedoor View Post
    What's the matter with cheese after dinner, chef?
    In the southern Florida climate, this is a bad idea, at BBQ's anyway.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FORD View Post
    Sounds like one of those stories you hear on the 700 Club....
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    This wine obviously kills evil. Bartenders: find out which one and serve STAT!
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    The homeowner, Xavier Cervera, 45, had gone out to walk his dog at the end of the party and missed the incident, which happened about midnight June 16.


    Ah-HA!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bullwinkle View Post
    The homeowner, Xavier Cervera, 45, had gone out to walk his dog at the end of the party and missed the incident, which happened about midnight June 16.


    Ah-HA!

    You're all over it, Bullwinkle. Well done. This dude's ready to jump the border, I'm thinking Caymans.

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    If this happened at my house I don't think it would have had such a feel good ending. Unless you guys like hearing about a guy that I kicked in the throat until he was dead.

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    Soon as the gun was put down,I'da stomped his head off too.....

 

 

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