The question is do his charms consist of a boyish grin and a sparkling wit, or instead do they comprise just the business end of a Saturday night special?
You see, it seems that 20-year-old Stephfon and two accomplices allegedly robbed Diana Martinez and her friend late last Sunday night on the North side of Columbus and they did point a gun at Diana’s head in the process.
But that is the ordinary part of our tale, if you can call having a pistol pointed at your head ordinary. The extraordinary part is that two hours after the robbery, Stephfon returned to the scene of the crime and asked Diana out on a date.
Quick thinker that Diana is, she asked her cousin to call the police while she talked to Stephon, stalling him until police arrived. And arrive they did, arresting Stephfon right in front of the house on charges of aggravated robbery.
“We are not exactly sure what he was thinking at the time,” said Columbus police Sgt. Sean Laird. “It’s never happened, in my eight years and some months. I’ve never had anything like this before.”
Stephfon’s yearning for love has landed him a home in the Franklin County jail in lieu of $92,000 bail, and maybe he will also receive a mention in the Guinness Book of World Records as the world’s most naive robber.
Did he believe that he looked rather dashing and impressive as he held his pistola to Diana’s temple, so much so that he assumed that he stole her heart in that one fleeting moment? Why else would he have returned to the scene of the crime to parlay his freedom for one solitary chance at love?
The following video is a TV news report on the incident:
Stephfon must be one optimistic Romeo, or is he so hubristic that he cannot imagine any woman turning down an offer of love with the Stephfon Bennett?
Is it possible he had recently watched the movie Bonnie and Clyde, and did he picture Diana as Bonnie Parker and himself as Clyde Barrow? Did he believe she would drop her life to run off and live with him as 21st century desperadoes on the lam?
And what do his accomplices in crime think as they, in total shock, watch the details of Stephon’s folly on TV? Are they bright enough to realize that Stephfon is right now making a deal for a shorter prison sentence in exchange for providing their names and location to the police?
Aah! The folly of young love never ceases to amaze.