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Census Worker Held Up At Gunpoint

Are 2010 Census Questionnaires now as valuable as cash? Apparently so! In all seriousness, it’s terrible that the Census Bureau’s field workers are falling victim to criminals while going about their business. Here’s the report fro WTHR in Indiana:

Indianapolis – An armed man robbed a U.S. Census Bureau employee at gunpoint in an apartment complex on the northwest side.

“The guy comes up from behind and says, ‘Give me your wallet’,” said Michael McCord.

McCord stayed calm when a gunman surprised him as he went door to door at the Woods of Eagle Creek Apartments.

“I turned around and he showed me his gun, said he was serious and he wanted my wallet. So I gave it to him,” McCord said.

As he walked from one building to the next, knocking on doors, his attacker walked up behind him. The gunman never became menacing, the 61-year-old McCord says, but he knew not to aggravate someone armed with a weapon.

“The gun implied that my life was threatened, so I assumed to just give it up rather than try to keep my 15 dollars,” McCord said.

McCord says just before the suspect took off, he stopped him and asked him not to take everything.

“As he walked away, I said, ‘Can you at least let me have my driver’s license back?’ and he handed it to me,” McCord said.

McCord usually works and walks his census routes alone, but police say there’s an advantage to having someone else with you.

“I encourage people to do it in pairs, that way you will still have two people instead of one,” said IMPD Lt. Dawn Snyder.

The robbery didn’t scare McCord from his job, in fact, he’s already back at work.

He described the suspect as a black male, about 18-20 years old, 5’6″ tall and was wearing a blue and gray baseball cap, a gray hooded sweatshirt with writing on it.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 262-TIPS.

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One Response to “Census Worker Held Up At Gunpoint”

  1. Anonymous CL Says:

    Unfortunately, most areas were directed to not have enumerators work in pairs after training/practice (I’ve heard some were allowed to). And enumerators aren’t supposed to let anyone who isn’t a Census employee go around with them while working, because of confidentiality concerns.

    Considering how far ahead of schedule things got finished and all the people who had hoped/expected/wanted more work than they got, seems like they had enough excess capacity that they could’ve easily had everyone work in pairs for safety.