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Armed robbers may want more than the contents of your pockets; they may demand your pants too.
A Tulsa man had his car, dignity, and pants stripped from him Sunday by a pair of armed robbers, who approached the victim while he was refueling his car, reports the Tulsa World.
Armed robbery and carjacking are definitely illegal. But pantsing?
The two suspects in the case allegedly approached and threatened the victims at a gas station with a gun, according to the Tulsa World.
Oklahoma statutes do not have a specific provision for carjacking. But auto theft is a felony which carries anywhere from three to 20 years in prison.
The two pants-bandits are also likely guilty of armed robbery, which involves threatening the use of a gun or deadly weapon, even if that gun is a fake.
Though armed robbery and grand theft auto would typically cover most carjackings, the request by these Tulsa robbers for the victim to drop his drawers may actually stretch into battery.
In a Florida case, a man was arrested and charged for misdemeanor battery for giving his male victim a wedgie, proving that small unwanted intrusions into the pants area can be criminal.
Although the reports are ambiguous at the time, it isn't alleged that the suspects physically touched the pantsless victim -- unlike a possibly connected Tulsa robbery in which the victim was pistol-whipped before being made to strip, reports Tulsa's KOKI-TV.
Both of the suspects in the case were described as black males wearing black hooded sweatshirts with blue jeans, reports the Tulsa World.
But law enforcement on the lookout for these two suspects cannot legally start stopping black males simply for matching that description, as it is both too vague and reeks of racial profiling.
If the pantsing continues, police may get a slightly more detailed profile of both armed robbers.
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