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September 13, 2018

Sept. 13

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1958: A hijacker thought he could "make quite a haul" at the City Electric Co., 217 W. Grand, "but all he got was wet," the Clovis News-Journal reported.

Police said a man entered the office and said he wanted to get out of the rain. Soon after, he "laid a small paper bag on the table an demanded it be filled with money," the newspaper reported.

The would-be robber produced a gun, but the storekeeper told him to "get out," and advanced toward him.

The man backed away, fired a shot into the ceiling, and ran out into the rain.

"City Patrolmen John Brewer and Bruce Chronister, who were departing the City Hall by car, heard the shot and saw the man running, but the car they were riding in flooded out in a stream of water, and Chronister, who gave chase on foot, was unable to catch the fleeing man," according to CN-J.

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