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Why you shouldn't rob the most badass bartender in Duluth

Randy Wosmek tried to burgle a bartender who served him. Instead he got a knife held to his throat and free jail admission.

Randy Wosmek tried to burgle a bartender who served him. Instead he got a knife held to his throat and free jail admission.

Criminals aren’t usually the smartest bunch. Some are flat-out lazy. Clearly, Randy Wosmek didn’t do enough pre-caper homework to realize he was about to rob Duluth’s toughest bartender.

On Dec. 16, a Duluth woman (whose name has been withheld) was asleep in her bedroom when she heard a knock at her front door. Being the last thing one wants to hear while sleeping on a Wednesday morning, she ignored it. But another knock came.

Then she heard the door open.

According to a complaint, the woman hopped out of bed and found Wosmek in her living room, rifling through her purse and wallet. The 57-year-old allegedly grabbed whatever cash he could and went for the door. That’s when the would-be victim went all Road House on him.

The female Patrick Swayze ran toward Wosmek, pinned him against the door, and held a knife to his throat. Mindful of the blade at his neck, Wosmek dropped most of the loot. She shoved the hapless burglar out the door and called the cops around 11:45 a.m.

The bad guy didn’t get far before Duluth police caught up with him. Turned out Wosmek already had a warrant out for his arrest. During a search, cops found drugs and the items lifted from the woman’s house. The woman recognized him as someone she had served while behind the stick.

According to the cops, the barfly burglar has a lengthy rap sheet, which includes burglary convictions, receiving stolen property, damage to property, and obstructing legal process. As of this writing he was sitting in St. Louis County Jail, held without bail on a first-degree burglary charge and for violating his probation.

Ron Tinsley, a Duluth police spokesman, declined to comment on the specifics of the case. But generally, he doesn’t suggest pulling a knife on Joe Home Intruder.

“You don’t know if that person’s armed, what the intent of that person is,” he says. “It could turn into a much worse situation.”

Unless you’re the most badass bartender in Duluth.