Posts Tagged assault and battery

Naomi Campbell is Out of Control

Posted by Rob on Thursday, 4 March, 2010

naomi_campbell_hit-meMost guys wouldn’t mind getting hit on by supermodel Naomi Campbell…

However, the 39-year-old is back in the news over allegations of punching a driver in the back of his head, forcing him to face plant the steering wheel of his Cadillac Escalade while driving through central Manhattan. That must have been some smack upside the head.

Miodrag Mejdina reported that the assault occurred after he had picked up Campbell from a Manhattan hotel and was in route to the Astoria Studios in Queens.

So far, the chauffeur is not planning on pressing charges while he is enjoying his 15 seconds of fame. I’m not sure, but do you get bragging rights about getting beat up by a girl, if the girl is Naomi Campbell?

A History of Violence

Let’s recap the rap sheet of this violence prone supermodel, who has allegedly shown “chronic abusive and repeatedly violent conduct toward her employees.”

2010 – Passenger Rage on a chauffeur in New York City when she slapped and punched her driver in March. Police dropped the matter after the driver chose not to pursue criminal charges.

2008 – Sentenced to 200 hours of community service after pleading guilty to the Air Rage assault of two police officers on board a UK plane at Heathrow airport in London after her luggage ended up getting lost. Campbell cited verbal abuse and racist slurs by members of the British Airways crew as the reason for her violent outburst.

2007 – Pleaded guilty to reckless assault against Ana Scolavino, a former housekeeper, in an assault requiring 4 stitches. Campbell faced 5 days of community service and 2 days of anger management classes. Campbell blamed “her temper on lingering resentment toward her father for abandoning her as a child.”

2006 – Campbell was arrested for allegedly causing a housekeeper to suffer a bloodied head requiring several stitches after being assaulted with a cell phone in March.

2006 – Another former housekeeper, Gaby Gibson brought up charges seeking unspecified damages over the model’s violent behaviors in November.

2005 – Campbell allegedly slapped her assistant Amanda Brack and beat her over the head with her Blackberry. Brack accused the model physically and verbally abused her repeatedly by assault, battery and emotional distress spanning three continents.

2005 – Yvonne Sciò, an Italian actress reported Campbell left her “covered in blood” after beating her up in a Rome Hotel room, seemingly over the fact that Sciò had the nerve to wear the same dress as Campbell. “She punched me in the face. She was like Mike Tyson.” said Sciò.

1998 – Pleaded guilty to assault in Toronto in 2000, stemming from hitting her assistant Georgina Galanis over the head with her mobile phone in a hotel room and threatening to throw her out of a moving car two years prior. Campbell agreed to take anger management classes (which clearly have not worked) and paid off Galanis an undisclosed amount of cash. Her record was cleared after apologizing (and of course the pay off).

Someone get this woman a Valium. Who is her anger management instructor, Jack Nicholson?

So if you were assaulted by Naomi Campbell, would you take it like a man and love it, hit her back, douse her with pepper spray, or just settle for the undisclosed amount of cash? Inquiring minds want to know…

Be Safe, Be Prepared.

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Chuck E. Cheese Assaulted in Gaming Area

Posted by Rob on Tuesday, 3 March, 2009

We haven’t had a good Chuck E. Cheese story since the Whack-a-mom article last March. This incident happened soon after in May 2008, but the details from the court hearings are just coming out.

This time it was it was “Chuck” who was assaulted. Twice in the same day, at a Dartmouth Towne Center Chuck E. Cheese restaurant in Massachusetts. Once by some kids, then by a father.

The first time, Jessie Carvalho, the 19-year-old Chuck E. Cheese employee who was unlucky enough to have to wear the full size mouse costume was assaulted by some kids. Carvalho reported to police that while he was doing the rounds through the gaming area, a rowdy group of kids jumped on him, attempted to knock him over and tried to remove his costume.

He then said he had to put his arms forward to move the youths away from him, but never actually grabbed any of them. A woman who was also at the restaurant at the time of the incident said she saw Chuck telling the kids to stop, and agreed that he never grabbed any of them. She did however add that Carvalho accidentally bumped into an 11-year-old child while turning around.

Next thing Chuck knows, Trahan Pires comes running up to him, rips off the mouse head, points his finger into his face and starts yelling at him for messing with his kid. Apparently, the child he just accidentally bumped into ran to his family crying, and said “Chuck” picked him up by the arms, pinned him against a game machine and ordered the boy to leave him alone.

When the police were called, the boy did not have any visible injuries and went back to playing with his friends after being questioned at the restaurant.

Originally, Carvalho was charged with assault and battery on the child, but was acquitted this past Jan. 12. Pires, the boy’s father pleaded guilty last week to assault and battery on the mascot and was ordered to pay a $500 fine.

That job has to suck. Wearing a hot, sweaty, fuzzy mouse costume all day while being tormented by wild kids all day, and the possibility of being accosted by angry parents. I wonder if the Mickey Mouse mascot has similar problems down at Disney World? At least Chuck is inside an air conditioned restaurant, not outside in the hot Florida sun.

Be Safe, Be Secure.

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Thank You too… FORE!

Posted by Rob on Thursday, 19 February, 2009

Here is a story out of Falmouth, Massachusetts. Up here in New Hampshire, Massachusetts folks are already well known for their manners and courteous driving. Uh huh.

Apparently, a 50-year-old man held the door open for a 38-year-old guy leaving a gas station. Not surprising, the 38-year-old walked through without a word.

To that, the 50-year-old guy who couldn’t leave well enough alone, utter a sarcastic “Thank Yoooou.”

Now we already established that the 38-year-old wasn’t keen on thanking people for holding open a door. So one could assume that he would be less than thrilled to be called out on it.

So now, the two men start yelling at each other in the parking lot. After a heated exchange, the 38-year-old goes to his car and pulls out something he would normally use during his nice relaxing hobby. A golf club. Ah, golf… what a calm gentleman’s game…

Well so much for that, the 38-year-old preceded to tee off on the victim several times, hitting the 50-year-old in the stomach and legs.

Police reported the victim suffered minor injuries. I caught the local TV news report late last night. They interviewed the victim, who lifted up his shirt to reveal a huge, purple and black bruise on the side of his stomach. Luckily no ribs were broken.

The 38-year-old man pleaded not guilty to assault and battery with a dangerous weapon in the Falmouth District Court on Tuesday. He was also ordered to stay away from the other man.

Not that I condone taking whacks at someone with a golf club, but couldn’t the other guy have just let the lack of manners go? I’m sure there was at least 2 times where this escalation could have been prevented.

First at the door, just walk in and be done with it.

Then second chance was when the argument started, and before clubs were pulled, just walk away.

If it will help, let me offer my sincerest thank you to all those who open doors and hold it for people. Even if they don’t appreciate the gesture, let it be known that I appreciate it. And if this show of good manners in any way helps prevent the next case of manner rage, it will all be worth it.


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The Thrill of it All

Posted by Rob on Wednesday, 7 May, 2008

A 15-year-old gets busted in Bremerton, WA for stealing
candy bars. The kid is riding his bike away from the
store when a cop responding to the shoplifting report
stops him. “You been stealing candy, son?”

“Nope, Not me!” responds the boy, chocolate in his teeth
and the smell chocolate on his breath. Kinda caught brown
handed. Besides the incriminating chocolate residue, a
couple of witnesses identified the boy who eventually
confessed. As if that was still neccessary.

As well as confessing to stealing the candy, the boy
also stated he was hungry and did it for the thrill.
That part is probably the most disturbing. Stealing
candy for the thrill of it.

What happens when stealing candy isn’t as thrilling
anymore? What is the next level thrill fix? What if fix
after fix eventually becomes the thrill of armed robbery,
assault and battery or worse?

Hopefully this 15-year-old got hauled back to his house
and his Dad “took care” of any more immediate thrill
vacancies. But even that is becoming less and less of
the case in our undisciplined society.

Taking this to the next level, this is what you may be
faced with. Today, criminals are getting younger and
younger, and with this comes a certain lack of discipline
and a less maturity to the consequence of their actions.
Alarmingly, you may very well be faced with a adolescent
or young adult with an unmatched ruthlessness or worst
yet, a group of negatively like-minded youths. Looking
for a thrill…

Take the recent beating of a high school girl by a group
of other high school girls. This was that bunch who
thought it was a good idea to kidnap the girl, bring her
to a house, severely beat her down, all while filming a
video of the attack to upload to YouTube. Thrilling
isn’t it?

We are not dealing with the best and the brightest here.
Expect the same or worse on the street.

Your first priority should be to know how to protect
yourself, and your second priority is to teach that skill
to every member of your family. You don’t have to be a gym
gorilla or an NFL lineman to do the job. In fact, those
guys would only win a small percentage of battles with a
street thug anyways.

The key to self defense is to walk softly and carry a
powerful tool. Get some pepper spray or get a stun gun.
Pick up a Taser or a telescopic steel baton, whatever
suits your fancy and gives you a thrill. The thrill of
knowing you are more likely to make it home at night
if something unfortunate occurs. The thrill of your
children or loved ones that count on you to be home,
knowing you will make it home…

It would be nice to believe that nothing will happen to
you, but the reality of it is that an ounce of protection
could be worth more than a pound of cure. What is Worth
Protection to you? Your belongings? Your family? Your
personal well-being?

Yours in safety,


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Machete Attack Leaves Two Hospitalized

Posted by Rob on Wednesday, 6 February, 2008

Whenever I hear the word machete, the first thing that pops into my head is teenagers running through the woods near Crystal Lake as Jason hacks and slashes victims in a “Friday the 13th” movie.

Apparently on “Monday the 4th” (Feb 2008), a much less catchy day and date, a man in Springfield (DOH!), Massachusetts was accused of slashing a 42-year-old man in the throat and a 42-year-old woman in the arms and egs with a machete. (I don’t think I even know anyone who actually owns a machete.)

Police say this incident may have been in retaliation of an action by the female victim, where she may have stabbed the attacker’s sister earlier in the day. (Probably with a much less ominous sounding weapon)

So far the attacker is due in District Court for charges including assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, he is pleading not guilty, and the slashed couple is in fair condition at a local hospital. No word on the previously injured sister. I can only imagine that a hockey mask was NOT involved, that surely would have made the headline…

I guess some things are not only in the movies.

If I ever had some fool coming at me with a machete, I’d want something that would work at a distance. I’m thinking some Pepper Spray, probably in the pepper gel or pepper foam variety. Any of them would work, but personally I like the sticky goodness of the Mace Pepper Gel or the foaming action of the Mace Pepper Foam. Kinda like the scrubbing bubbles bathroom cleaner which I’m sure would burn someone’s eyes too, but I’ll stick with good old Mace.

Besides, I’d want a product that could also fill up the eye holes of the hockey mask…you know, just in case.

One of the benefits of gel or foam pepper spray is they are thick when applied. Most pepper sprays are liquid. They work very well, but drip off. Gels and foam more or less stay put and act like a blindfold. And this isn’t a paper or cloth blindfold for playing pin the tail on the donkey, this one hurts… and burns…

Another added feature of this thick concoction is it just begs to be rubbed off, further intensifying its effects. Then the fun begins, depending on what side of the canister you are on.

Make sure you have a full array of options in your self defense tool box. An attack could happen at anytime and anywhere. Be tooled on your person, in your car and in your home.

It might not be a machete, but if the time comes to deal out some punishment to those attempting to cause you or a loved one harm – Be ready. Be ready and be prepared. Have a plan and have a backup plan.

It would be nice to believe that nothing will happen to you, but the reality of it is that an ounce of protection could be worth more than a pound of cure. What is Worth Protection to you? Your belongings? Your family? Your personal well-being?

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