Cops take Luger from 16-year-old suspect, internet goes wild
By Chris Eger
Crawford was arrested and processed through Central Booking after police recovered what looks to be a late-pattern Luger and assorted herbs and spices. Also, is there a .40 mixed in there with the 9mm? That’s the real crime here (Photo: BPD)
Police in Baltimore encountered a teenage suspect this week with drugs and a handgun worthy of a supervillain.
Robert Crawford, 16, was taken into custody by officers on patrol around the 3400 block of Edmondson Avenue around 3 p.m. Sunday in an arrest that recovered a loaded handgun and drugs.
The gun carries the distinctive profile of Swiss inventor Georg Johann Luger’s classic toggle-action semi-auto pistol that carries his name. The venerated handgun, first adopted by the Swiss Army but famously used by Germany in back-to-back World Wars, has gone on to be used in literally hundreds of movies, TV shows and video games, earning it a cult status and a fair bit of aesthetic imitators (Japanese Nambu, Ruger Mk I, etc) although its toggle-action was a technological dead-end.
This, naturally, set the stage for commentary on Crawford’s choice of sidearm once BPD posted the above image to social media on Wednesday, quicking garnering over 1,100 comments. Some of the better for your