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Ferris man foils robbery

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Ellis County Press Managing Editor
FERRIS - In no mood for nonsense, Hack Williford refused to take the bait Sunday night and foiled a robbery attempt at his Ferris residence.

That and some good police work resulted in three juvenile males, age 15-16, and a 21-year-old man, all of Ferris, being arrested and charged with conspiracy to commit aggravated robbery.

'It's a first,' Ferris Chief Jeff Cottongame said of the frustrated attempt. 'I've never heard of anyone (in Ferris) trying to do this (against another resident). What's it coming too.'

Answering his doorbell around 10:30 p.m., Williford opened the door to a teen who said some kids were playing on his boat parked in the driveway at xxxx xxxxxxxx. Williford, a retired fire department captain and husband of Ferris Elementary School Principal xxxxx Williford, didn't bite.

Instead of rushing out to the boat where three henchmen were hiding with baseball bats and a billie club, Hack kept his attention focused on the teen at the door. 'Okay, but what are you doing out here?' he demanded.

The plan, as later confessed to Ferris police, was for the teen at the door to run inside the home while Hack went to check out the boat. The teens hiding behind the boat were to knock him out. The goal was to steak the Willifords' truck.

The plan fell apart when Hack didn't react as anticipated. Scared, the suspects ran.

The Willifords called police, who soon talked to one of juveniles and obtained the confession. Warrants for arrest were obtained Monday and arrests were made Tuesday.

Investigating were Sgt. Mike Zaidle and Patrolmen Marty Steinfeldt and Epi Garfias.

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