Storeowner swings, connects with robber

Sept. 28, 2006 at 2:33 PM

MANCHESTER, N.H., Sept. 28 (UPI) -- A Manchester, N.H., store owner's impromptu at-bat counted when he stopped a knife-wielding robbery suspect with a swing of a bat.

Richard "Yogi" Cote and the customer were visiting when the alleged thief held a knife at the customer's throat and demanded money, the Manchester (N.H) Union Leader said. Cote picked up his Louisville Slugger and swung away -- connecting twice with the suspect's head.

Police said charges would be filed against Christopher Johns, 36, Manchester, the newspaper said. Police said witnesses identified Johns as the suspect in the robbery attempt at Cote's store, the paper said.

Johns was arrested and arraigned in Manchester District Court on an armed robbery charge for a separate incident, the newspaper said.

Cote said he got his nickname as a child because his swing resembled that of Baseball Hall of Fame catcher Yogi Berra, the paper said.

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