Restaurant Employees Fend Off Convict With Baseball Bat: Cops

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When employees of a Waterbury Chinese restaurant grabbed a baseball bat to fend off a burglar on Saturday night, they probable had no idea that they would be detaining a convicted killer.

Cops told the Waterbury Republican-American that the man who allegedly tried to rob the Golden Wok on East Main Street, had stomped a man to death in Texas in 1978.

Michael Ogden, 53, was convicted of stomping a man to death in Texas 1978, served 30 years in prison and had recently been released after serving 30 years in a Texas prison.

On Saturday night, police told the newspaper, he went into the restaurant, reached into his pocket and implied he had a gun.

A restaurant employee suspected that Ogden did not have a gun, grabbed a bat and confronted him, police said.

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