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Sexy Dress II

Rufus Bowman, 16, of Cincinnati, Ohio, apparently thought the lady in the pink halter top and pumps would be an easy mark to rob. After Bowman approached her, they went into a nearby alley to “transact business,” says Assistant Prosecutor Ryan Nelson. Bowman pulled a gun on her, but it wasn’t a “her” — and Joshua Bumpus, the 6'-1", 290-pound transvestite who happened to be wearing that outfit, fought back. In the struggle, the gun went off and the bullet went through Bumpus’s arm and lodged near his ribs. Bumpus eventually got control, grabbed Bowman by the hair, and started to beat him. Several of Bumpus’s friends, also dressed as women, joined in. “The cops showed up during the beat down,” Nelson said, and “said it was one of their more memorable arrests of their lives.” Bowman’s case was heard in adult court, where he pled guilty to felony assault and was sentenced to three years in prison. Bowman “picked the wrong prostitute to rob,” Nelson concluded. (MS/Cincinnati Inquirer) ...Where “wrong” isn’t “a man” but rather 6'-1" and 290 pounds.
Original Publication Date: 07 November 2010
This story is in True’s book collections, in Volume 17.

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