Early-Morning Prowler Charged After CUBust-In

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PADUCAH, Ky. - (01/03/05) – A would-be thief, who wasforced out of the rafters at Paducah FCU Friday afternoon after anine-hour siege, was charged with numerous felonies. PatrickHopper, 28, was charged with first-degree burglary, two counts ofwanton endangerment for shooting at police, and two counts ofthird-degree burglary. Hooper was seen climbing into the roof atthe credit union’s drive-thru at around 6 am, then he eludedpolice for most of the day, before climbing through the lobbyceiling to escape tear gas canisters fired by police, beforesurrendering around 3 in the afternoon. During negotiations for asurrender, Hopper agreed to exchange his gun for a change ofclothes because his clothes were covered in tear gas and pepperspray, leaving him naked inside the credit union lobby for a briefperiod.

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