This week’s dumbest criminal
August 20, 2010
This week’s dumbest criminal award goes to two Paso Robles residents who went into a hospital claiming they had been assaulted in an alleged attempt to get drugs and ended up being arrested on suspicion of child endangerment and drug possession. [SacramentoBee]
Daniel Jacobsen, 26, and Elissa Fritz, 20, both of Paso Robles, were allegedly snorting drugs in a car in front of Fritz’s 10-month-old child. The pair overdosed in a hospital parking lot before pretending to have been attacked to get more narcotics from doctors inside a Sonora hospital on Wednesday.
Soon police were on the scene, responding to the Sonora Regional Medical Center emergency room about 4 a.m. to a report of two assault victims. Officers soon discovered that Jacobsen and Fritz were being treated for drug overdoses.
Police said the assault was a hoax.
After discovering Jacobsen was on probation for a drug possession conviction, police conducted a probation search of the couple’s vehicle. Inside, officers found a marble slab with white-powder residue, items to snort drugs and five types of prescription drugs.
About five hours earlier, a witness saw Fritz and Jacobsen staggering around the hospital parking lot as if they were intoxicated. The witness told police Fritz was holding the infant.
Police Chief Mark Stinson said they created a story about being attacked so they could get more prescription pills in the emergency room. Jacobsen and Fritz were unaware they had overdosed when they went inside the hospital, according to the Sacramento Bee.