Robbery is the use of force, or the threat of immediately using force, to take money or property from a person. Shoving s gun into someone’s ribs and demanding all of his or her money is an obvious example of robbery, in this case armed robbery. The force can de directed against either the victim or a member of his o her family. For example, a father and daughter are walking down a street one night and are accosted by a robber. The robber threatens to hurt the daughter if the father doesn’t hand over his wallet. This is a robbery, although the force is directed at the daughter, not at the father.
Stealing a wallet from an unconscious person generally isn’t considered a robbery (unless the thief knocked the person out), since the victim doesn’t surrender his or her money in the face of any force or threats. This doesn’t mean that it’s not a crime to take things from an unconscious person; it is larceny.
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