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Robber Falls Asleep While Holding Man Hostage

Posted by Rob on Sunday, 7 March, 2010

A machete-wielding robber held a 61-year-old Birmingham homeowner hostage for seven hours in a home invasion, until he eventually grew tired and allowed the victim to escape.

After threatening the man with a machete and hammer, the robber told the victim he would “slice him open” if he didn’t hand over all of his cash. For some reason the robber then stuck around awhile, holding the man hostage.

Jason VoorheesEventually the robber wandered into the victim’s bedroom. In Goldilocks fashion, the bed ended up being just right. The 24-year-old robber crashed on the mattress and fell asleep.

The victim was then able to sneak out of the house and flee to his neighbor’s home where he called the police. The burglar was arrested and charged with aggravated burglary and false imprisonment.

I think Jason Voorhees would turn over in his grave to hear about this disrespect of a machete crime. But I suppose he would even get bored after messing around for 7 hours…

Be Safe, Be Prepared.

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Farm Worker Defends Himself by Fighting Python in a Tree
No Coconuts for You!
Machete Becoming Bay State’s Weapon of Choice?

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William Wilberforce said it best…

Posted by Rob on Monday, 22 February, 2010

William Wilberforce was a British politician and a philanthropist. He was also a leader of the movement to abolish the slave trade. Yes, I had to Google him, but I found this quote on a dog training blog. The quote is quite versatile, and has been referenced many times for many different topics. Originally he meant it during an anti-slave trade speech.

“Having heard all of this, you may choose to look the other way … but you can never say again that you did not know.”
- William Wilberforce (24 August 1759 – 29 July 1833)

I was just reading a story about a home invasion in Tallahassee, Florida where a suspect was shot. The comments that followed the story were rather odd. Many people agreed that it was good that there was a gun in the home, while some others had a quite different reaction.

I have used the quote “When seconds counts, police are minutes away,” numerous times. Personally I see this as an accurate statement, in that when a crime of any form is actively occurring, you can either defend yourself immediately, or call the cops and wait for them to arrive a few minutes or more later. This is in no way an anti-police sentiment.

Seriously, while you call 911 and wait for the police to show up, do you honestly think the burglar, rapist, mugger or murderer will also wait for the police to show up before they finish committing the act? Do you think they will willingly allow you to even make the phone call in the first place? I’ll give you the benefit of the doubt and say that in a few cases, you will get your phone call off. But that is only if you had warning or someone else not immediately involved called it in.

More often than not, your opportunity to dial the phone will come after the incident has ended and the police will be able to come take your statement if you are still able to give one. The cops just cannot be everywhere at all times. It would be nice, but it ain’t happening.

The most troubling comment on this Florida home invasion story was some holier-than-thou guy that was quite offended by someone using the “minutes away” quote, claiming it was riot inciting.

“Who are you to think you are better at protecting yourself than the police?” was his follow up.

Are you serious? Obviously this individual has lived in a bubble his whole life and has never been in any situation where any sort of violence or crime has ever affected him, a loved one, or anybody he knew personally.

I would have to imaging that him facing armed home invaders at 2 AM in the morning that would not allow him to phone for help might be the only way to change his tune. Which is unfortunate, hopefully his bubble is never popped. Not all bad things go away when you turn off your television set. There are for real bad guys in the world.

Some people need that proverbial 2 x 4 to come crashing down on them. Preferably not in a “Last House on the Left” fashion.

And it’s not just William Wilberforce that will tell you “I told you so.”

Be Safe, Be Prepared.

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Kangaroo Intruder Terrorizes Family in Australian Home Invasion

Posted by Rob on Monday, 9 March, 2009

Only in Australia…

An unsuspecting Australian couple thought they were being attacked by an intruder this past Sunday night. It turned out that it was a kangaroo that crashed through their bedroom window and started bouncing on their bed.

Only half awake, Beat Ettlin and his partner Verity Beaman had no idea was going on in their bedroom. “I thought it was a lunatic ninja coming at us through the window,” said Ettlin. “That seemed to make about as much sense as anything else that was happening. I just couldn’t comprehend what was going on.”

Cowering under the blankets, Beaman thought to herself, “This is one big possum.”

“When Beat said ‘It’s OK, it’s just a kangaroo’, I thought it’s really not OK. I thought – now this could be really dangerous. I was absolutely terrified.” said Beaman.

The family was asleep in their Canberra home in the early hours of Sunday morning, when their terrier started to bark and alerted them that an intruder was in their courtyard.

Ettlin got up to investigate what the dog was barking about and a large dark figure smashed through the window. It began jumping up and down on the bed while his terrified wife and 9-year-old daughter remained huddled under the blankets.

39-year-old Beaman said “I just pulled the covers over our heads and screamed. It jumped on my shoulder, bounced across the bed and onto the bedside table. Can you imagine how close it was to my head?”

“I really didn’t know what was happening,” said Ettlin. “I just saw this black thing jumping on the bed and bouncing against the wall. The bed collapsed on one side under his weight. When I realized it was a kangaroo at first I was relieved but he was going crazy trying to escape.”

The animal, also terrified, gouged holes in the bed and smeared blood on the walls before it took off out of the first bedroom. It then bounded down the hall and found the bedroom of their 10-year-old son, Leighton. The boy hid behind his teddy bears screaming, “There’s a kangaroo in my bedroom!”

“That was enough for me,” Ettlin said, “I thought I have to do something about it. There is no way I can let him jump in there and hurt my son.” Beat Ettlin was forced to lay a beat down on the rampaging ninja kangaroo.

“I knew this was a big threat to my family, it could really have hurt us. My wife and daughter were terrified, they were screaming as they hid under the blankets and my son was trying to hide behind his little teddies. I had to do something.”

Wearing only his underwear, the 42-year-old Ettlin jumped on to the kangaroo’s back and wrestled it to the ground. Using his entire body weight to pin the approximately 6-foot-tall, 90 pound kangaroo down, he slapped a headlock on the marsupial and was able to drag it down the hallway and out the front door.

“I had to push with my full body weight and I got him as low as I could. It was quite aggressive and tried to escape of course. I could feel how powerful it was. said Ettlin.

Ettlin was able to open the front door with one hand and push the animal outside. It was then the kangaroo bolted away and vanished into the bushes.

“It took only a few minutes,” Ettlin said. “And all that time there was no sound at all. I could feel the kangaroo breathing really hard and fast against my body but he didn’t make a sound. All I could hear was Verity’s screams.”

“When it was all over I had a few scratches on my legs, and there wasn’t much left of my underwear” said Ettlin. The kangaroo left a trail of blood through the house and claw gouges in the wooden frame of the bed.

This unusual incident occurred in Garran, a suburb of Canberra near a wildlife reserve that is home to a number of grey kangaroos. Coincidentally, the family had recently moved to this home three weeks ago, and believes that their housewarming intruder may have been one of the local kangaroos.

“The poor thing, he was terrified,” Beaman said. “He must have got stuck in our courtyard, and was terrified by the dog’s barking so leapt for a dark space to escape. But that dark space was our bedroom.”

Describing Ettlin as a “hero in torn underwear”, Beaman said, “He’s quite burly, but it was a struggle for him to control the kangaroo.” She added “I don’t know many Australian men who would do the same thing. We all know kangaroos are very dangerous. But Beat knew there was a real threat to his son, his male instinct was to protect his family.”

Some of the neighbors had previously reported seeing at least one large kangaroo grazing on their front lawn.

It is not unusual for eastern grey kangaroos to invade the city, and are known to look for food and water during droughts. Normally these animals are timid, but can become aggressive if they feel threatened. Able to reach a height of six feet, kangaroos can seriously injure humans.

Four years ago in the same area, a kangaroo attacked a woman while walking her poodle down a Canberra street and another incident involved a kangaroo killing a golden retriever while the owner helplessly watched.

Kangaroos rarely invade homes but have done so in the past when panicked, says Greg Baxter, a lecturer at Queensland University and expert on native animals in Australia.

“It is very unusual, but when kangaroos become panicked they lose all sense of caution and just fly for where they think they can get away,” Baxter said.

Well, we already know a Taser works on an emu, so I would imagine you could effectively tase a 6-foot-tall kangaroo? Pretty sure I wouldn’t want to find out, especially after growing up watching all of those Bugs Bunny episodes with the kangaroo boxing. You never know when you might need to know how to fight a kangaroo.

Be Safe, Be Prepared. Watch out for crazy ninja kangaroos.

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Grand Theft Eggbeater?

Posted by Rob on Wednesday, 17 December, 2008

The masses never fail to amaze me.

A guy in Tampa, Florida was robbed at gun and knife-point when 2 (culinary inclined?) men entered his home and demanded a particularly unusual item.

An eggbeater.

Police apprehended the suspects outside the now eggbeater-less man’s home. Caught red-handed, one of the suspects still had the incriminating eggbeater in his left pocket. He was not afforded enough time to make an omlet or scramble an egg that the two men must have been sorely craving.

Since this crazy story wasn’t written with much detail, we can only speculate on what might have gone down.

“Your eggbeater or your life!”

“You know egg-sactly what we want, hand over your beater!”

“That’s a real purdy eggbeater you got over there in your utensil drawer…”

If its not bad enough, now we have to worry about people armed with guns and knives poaching eggbeaters. I understand the pressures of the holiday season, all the baking that needs to get done, but really a wisk or a fork would work fine in a pinch. There is no need to go postal and steal eggbeaters.

So I am wondering if these guys actually needed the eggbeater for personal use or if it was intended to be a hot Christmas present for that someone special? I mean I haven’t been in the eggbeater market recently, let alone in southern Florida, so perhaps there is an extreme shortage of good eggbeaters available down there. There is only a week until Christmas, perhaps you were unaware of the top hard to find gifts this year.

You know, Tickle-Me-Elmo, Nintendo Wii, Pampered Chef Eggbeaters…

Make sure while finishing up your holiday shopping, if you happen to see a beater left on the shelf at Walmart, grab it fast! Maybe I should check the going rate of eggbeaters on e-Bay? I might be missing out on some quick sales if I can head to the local Dollar Store and stock up.

That is unless the are all being played with by 4-year-old in the middle of the night and had to be confiscated by the police as evidence…

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Homeowner Pepper Sprays Intruder

Posted by Rob on Wednesday, 1 October, 2008

A woman woke up in the middle of the night Sunday in her Atkinson, NH condo when she heard some noise downstairs. She found an unknown man in her living room when she proceeded to check out what was going on.

During the confrontation, the intruder grabbed her by the arm and punched her in the face. The woman then asked the man if he wanted money, which of course he said yes. The man allowed the woman to retrieve her purse, to which she pulls out a can of pepper spray, and let the creep have it.

The intruder quickly fled the house, full-faced with mace, but otherwise empty-handed. He was gone by the time the police arrived and it was determined that the man entered through a garage door that was left wide open.

1 AM in the morning, homeowner asleep, and garage door left open for the night. Not the best plan. Home Security 101, close and lock your doors. Let’s not make it that easy.

The Plaistow police attempted to track the burglar with their K-9 unit, but the dog was unsuccessful in tracking the creep down in the neighborhood.

It was good the homeowner had some pepper spray in the house, but she might have avoided the punch to the face if she had it handy while investigating the disturbance. Luckily, it was only a punch to the face, not a naked, knife wielding sex offender like yesterday’s story.

Spray first, ask questions later. As soon as you realize this person does not belong in your house, in the middle of the night, there is no courtesy. Lets not make it a habit of pepper spraying a teenager sneaking back into their house after curfew. That is another discipline issue for the next morning.

I was watching that new “Worst Week” sitcom last night. The show is basically about a man with very bad luck that is planning to tell his girlfriend’s parents that he wants to marry their daughter, and that she is carrying his child. That is if anything ever ends up going right for him.

The main character Sam, caught an intuder breaking-in to his future in-laws house after hearing there was a burglar terrorizing the nieghborhood. He even helped his girlfriend’s dad install a motion light earlier that day.

So when Sam saw this strange man attempting to gain entry into the house late at night, he smacked the guy in the head with a shovel and tied him up in the yard. When he retrieved the family to show off his handywork, his girlfriend introduced him to her brother he hadn’t met yet. “I forgot my keys” said the brother, still dazed from the shovel shot to the head. The parents were less than thankful of the gesture.

If you have seen the show or previews, this wasn’t Sam’s first blunder on his huge list of things to make his future in-laws hate him. Funny show, but it his defense, Sam really wasn’t reacting poorly to the situation.

What would you do if you saw someone breaking into your house, or someone was already in your living room that didn’t appear to belong there? The police will not get there soon enough.

You owe it to yourself and family to protect your household. Be safe, be prepared.

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Home Intruder Dies During Struggle

Posted by Rob on Tuesday, 30 September, 2008

Police do not anticipate any arrests, I’m thinking the evidence speaks for itself.

Indianapolis police responded to a call just after 3 AM Sunday morning and found a 64-year-old dad choking out a 52-year-old intruder on the floor in the hallway of his house.

Now this wasn’t just any petty cat burglar looking to score some jewelry and electronics. The suspect was a convicted sex offender, wearing only latex gloves and a face mask. Besides effectively being naked, he also had rope, some condoms and was wielding a knife.

From the report, the intruder entered through a window and made his way into the bedroom of the 17-year-old daughter. Upon waking up and seeing the naked man in her room, the girl screamed and alerted her father.

A struggle ensued, where the father was able to avoid being stabbed with the knife and wrestled the man to the ground. The dad got a head lock or choke hold around the creep’s neck and didn’t let go as the police were called. The intruder was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police spokesman said the sex offender had a pre-existing heart condition which may have contributed in his death. I’m sure the pummeling and choke hold may have also contributed, but lets just call it a heart attack. Of course an autopsy is planned.

Apparently, this man had already jailed for 10 years for criminal confinement and sexual deviate conduct. He also failed to register as a sex offender which listed him as wanted in Boone County to boot.

The police not anticipating any arrests and the planned autopsy kinda bothers me. Let’s repaint the picture. Its 3 AM. Your 17-year-old daughter wakes you up screaming. You find naked man, with a knife in your house, more specifically in your daughter’s bedroom.

Where exactly is there a question worth anticipating? It is pretty clear what this creep was planning. I’m thinking the dad’s self defense actions were quite justified given the situation. What would you have done?

It’s pretty obvious this repeat offender was not properly rehabilitated the last time he spent time in the slammer, pretty sure another trip wouldn’t have mattered much either. One less sexual deviant running around preying on young girls.

Sure there are some less-than-lethal self-defense options, but in the heat of the moment in the middle of the night, all bets are off. You do what you can do, without thinking about it.

Perhaps a window alarm or security system might have scared him off from this house. That just leaves him ready to pick out another house the next day, possibly a house less able to defend itself.

Some pepper spray to his face would have changed his tune real quick, and the UV identifing dye would have made it easy for the police recognize him… Because a blinded, screaming, naked guy running down the street would be hard to pin the crime on…

What if the dad wasn’t home and it was just mom and the daughter? What if the dad was stabbed, the daughter raped and possibly killed, and the same to the mother? I’m thinking this case ended up as good as could be expected. Even with this outcome, I’m sure the family is quite shaken up and will continue to be concerned with their safety.

Strategically sprinkling some self defense tools around the house is always a good idea. You never know when that can of Mace, a stun gun or other personal tool of mass destruction can save your life or the life of a loved one. Don’t wait until 3 AM in the morning when a naked sex offender is roaming your house.

Be prepared for the worst, now.

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Wrong House Home Invasion Causes Scare in CA.

Posted by Rob on Friday, 15 August, 2008

No matter what the subject matter, there will be skeptics, opponents and non-believers. Personally, I’d rather converse with like-minded people rather than try to convert opposing or narrow-minded viewpoints. You either believe in something or don’t, only you can change your own mind. Usually when you do change your mind it is most likely the result of a personal change in belief rather than a persuaded thought change by someone else. I’m not saying people can’t change by the help of others, but it seems most of the people that need to hear something are too stubborn to listen. Their loss, you can only try so hard.

Usually in my field, if someone is resistant to utilizing some form of self defense, I will briefly speak my case, then back off. In some cases I may speak my case longer or more persuasively, depending on who I am talking to. But for casual acquaintances, brief mention is fine. If I am able to plant a seed in their head for them to chew on later, all the better. But I can not be responsible for every human being that doesn’t heed my opinion and do something to protect themselves or loved ones. I have myself and my loved ones to worry about.

Besides the ultra anti-violence, turn the other cheek types, more often people are just complacent. Many times the main objections are a false sense of security because of the ever popular “It can’t happen to me” syndrome. I live in a nice neighborhood, I pay attention while out in public, I don’t walk down dark alleys… The truth is, sure, most people are safe, most of the time. But what about the time when you are not looking for trouble, but trouble is looking for you? Of worse yet, what if trouble found you by mistake?

The other day in Stockton, California two guys knock on a door at 4 PM in the afternoon’s broad daylight. Posing as salesman, the two attempt to strike up a conversation with the 57-year-old woman who answered the door. When she declines interest in the solicitation, the men proceed with their actual agenda and pull out a set of black, semiautomatic handguns.

The guys force their way into the house and hold the guns to the head of the woman and the 61-year-old man also at home. Once inside, the men demanded the “drugs and money” that were allegedly hidden in the house. The confused homeowners, unable to comply with the request told them that they didn’t have any.

One of the suspects took the homeowner into the kitchen and ransacked the freezers in the kitchen and garage, since apparently people storing drugs and money hide them in the freezer? While still in the living room, the other suspect admits to the woman held at gunpoint that maybe they picked the wrong house by mistake? Hrrm, perhaps…

Not wanting to leave empty handed, the suspects demanded other items of value and ended up leaving with a coin collection, telephone, camera, laptop computer and some other items. Not exactly the stash the home invaders were looking to score.

At the time of this botched home invasion, an 11-year-old boy was also home in another room. Hearing the commotion, he was able to sneak out to the safety of a neighbor’s house and call the police. Smart kid. Unfortunately, the police arrived after the suspects had fled the scene. Luckily no one was hurt, and the suspects accepted the blunder and just took off with some property.

This very easily could have ended up much worse if the attackers were angered and resorted to physical or fatal violence by their error in target, of if that was the original intent from the get go. You never know, but this set of homeowners was certainly not looking for this trouble. It wasn’t even a case of being in the wrong place at the wrong time. They were home at their house, mistakenly targeted by strangers looking for someone else.

Don’t wait for something bad to happen to you personally or to a loved one before you realize that the need for some sort of self defense tactics can be a real personal reality. No one goes around looking for trouble, but if trouble shows up and you need to do something about it, you had better be ready then, not later.

I won’t tell you I told you so if you wait too long. You will realize that all by yourself and change your own mind.

Be safe, Be prepared and have an plan of action.

Yours in Safety, Rob

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