Sarah Palin, on vacation and in Pensacola Beach, Florida, was sunbathing and swimming with her family Tuesday when, after the family went for some barbecue supplies, she was suddenly approached by a stranger with a gun, demanding the keys to the family's other car, a 2004 Mercedes.
He then told Palin to get into the trunk of the Mercedes and told her he would release her after getting away from Florida as he was being hunted by Florida police for holding up a bank in Orlando.
Apparently his own car, which police were pursuing after getting a part of the license plate report from a witness, had been hidden behind a sand dune when he spotted the Mercedes and Palin appearing to be all alone.
However, after driving the vehicle across the bridge to Tampa, the bank robber, identified later as John Parker, apparently got to thinking that Palin may have had a phone in the trunk and had called the police.
So he pulled over beside a Quik Stop in the evening's darkness and, pointing his gun, suddenly opened the trunk to find a double-barreled shotgun staring him in the face. In fact, Sarah later told police that she had actually touched his face with it.
Parker hurried away while trying to slam the trunk door shut, causing one barrel of the shotgun to fire, alerting everyone around.
Parker was later arrested on foot by police as other officers questioned Palin, who was by then wrapped up in a blanket.
"He thought you had a phone back there in the trunk, Mam", stated the officer according to witnesses.
"No, that was in my purse back on the beach. But we keep a shotgun and a few shells under the trunk mat. I had plenty of time to get it out and load it."
It was not until Sarah identified herself that everyone began to recognize her, according to the Orlando Oracle. After all, you don't expect a shotgun carrying ex-Alaskan Governor in a bikini to show up at your local Qick Stop every day.
A badly shaken, new shirt & pants-wearing Palin was then driven back to her family as another officer drove the Mercedes.
That was when her family came back from the stores.
"Anything special going on while we were gone?', asked her husband as he looked at the police car and saw another cop coming out of their Mercedes and getting into into the car with his fellow officer.
"Nope, just a typical day in Dodge City", stated Sarah, according to the cop with a laugh, when he reported back at the station.