When Scot Davis, 52, walked in to the Des Moines bar All in the Family with a .22-caliber rifle and demanded all the money in the cash register last Thursday evening, everyone already knew his name. He had left just minutes earlier--a woman on his arm--after spending the night drinking beer and carousing at the establishment, going so far as to hand out business cards to fellow patrons to promote his contracting business.
In fact, when Davis pointed his gun at bartender Gladys York, she was on a first-name basis with him. “Scot, what the (expletive)? Quit playing around,” she reportedly said, according to the police report.
In response, Davis allegedly squeezed off a round (presumably at the ceiling), then aimed the rifle at bartender Deb Barrier. After Barrier cleaned out the register (containing approximately $1,100) and handed him the money, Davis left via the back door to get in his getaway car, allegedly driven by the female companion he left the bar with minutes earlier.
Witnesses provided investigators with the business cards that Davis had handed out earlier in the evening, and he was arrested early Saturday in the parking lot of a strip club north of Des Moines. Employees of the Outer Limits summoned police when bouncers attempted to throw Davis out of the club, and he was arrested on a warrant for first-degree robbery. After searching Davis, deputies found cocaine in his possession.
“This is not the hardest case our detectives have ever had to investigate,” said Sgt. Lori Lavorato of the Des Moines police department, alluding to Davis' decision to hand out business cards before allegedly robbing the bar.