In November of 2011, Dominique Petty went on a criminal rampage spanning 10 days, kidnapping victims, tying people up and robbing innocents at gunpoint. Monday, he admitted his guilt of 23 criminal counts and will soon be sentenced.
Petty’s first victim was simply getting out of his car at a friend’s house in the 1900 block of Senate, when Petty approached him, pointed a gun in his face and forced the victim back into his car. Petty demanded the man’s wallet and forced the man drive to a bank. Petty forced the victim to withdraw money from the ATM at the bank.
Then, just two days later, Petty and another man fired two shots into a home in the 2200 block of Missouri, after having followed the residents to the home. A short time later, Petty shouted through the door that they were the police, causing one victim to open the door, allowing Petty to force his way in using a gun. He then tied and blindfolded both victims. Petty and the other man ransacked the apartment and took the victim’s car keys and ATM card straight to the bank.
Finally, though, Petty’s crime streak came to an end when he was caught in the act by police on November 21, 2011. A police officer, responding to a call for help, saw Petty walking very closely to a victim near the intersection of McNair and Sydney streets. Looking closer, he saw Petty holding a gun to the victim’s ribs. Petty took off running, but the police officer caught up with him, retrieving the gun. The officer later learned the victim had been walking his dog when Petty dragged him into an alley. Petty was forcing the victim to go to his home to get his ATM card.
Petty will be sentenced May 16.