Posts Tagged knife

Boston Defenders 1, Colorado Burglars 0

Posted by Rob on Thursday, 7 January, 2010

I love stories like the first one here.

Earlier this week a knife-wielding thug attempted to steal the purse of a South Boston woman just before noon at the intersection of Dorchester and Telegraph Street.

“Give me your purse,” the suspect said.

How about some pepper spray instead? The woman whipped out a canister of OC pepper spray and lets the thug have it in the face.

He dropped his knife and took off purse-less, but the woman was able to ID the guy and he now has a warrant out for arrest.

This next story, I’m not quite sure what to think.

So, this loser in Colorado breaks into the home of his buddy’s ex-wife…

Unfortunately for the suspect, the woman was in the house baby-sitting the burglar’s children. Even with the bandana on his face, the kids recognize dear old dad… Talk about awkward!

Local Authorities arrested him on suspicion of second-degree burglary and other charges. Suspicion of? Are you kidding, his children caught him.

Kinda like those old Scooby Doo episodes when the bad guy gets foiled and says “I would have gotten away with it if it weren’t for those dang meddling kids…”

Not that we are keeping track, but score 1 for the pepper spray savvy woman is Boston, 0 for the scumbag burglar in Colorado.

Be Safe, Be Prepared.

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Self-Defense with a Candy Cane?

Posted by Rob on Thursday, 4 December, 2008

A man in Sacramento successfully used candy cane to subdue attacker wielding a kitchen knife. I can’t make this stuff up if I tried.

Apparently the intoxicated 49-year-old suspect went over to a neighbor’s house on Thanksgiving and began waving a kitchen knife at a group of people gathered out on the lawn. He ended up cutting several peoples’ clothing before one of them decided to fight back.

Luckily, the home was already decorated for Christmas. Yes, on Thanksgiving.

One of the manly men in the group grabbed a two-foot-tall plastic candy cane lawn ornament and fended off the knife-wielding drunk until the police arrived on the scene. I’m not sure what technique was used, whether it was held by the curved end and used as a fencing sword to parry the knife, or if the base was held to use as a make-shift club.

I guess the candy cane is more functional in a self defense capacity then a pink flamingo lawn ornament would have been. Then the guy would have just been laughed at, swinging a plastic bird around…

Regardless, in this holiday version of rock-paper-scissors:
Kitchen knife cuts turkey…
Turkey covers candy cane…
and Candy cane subdues kitchen knife. (No lizard or Spock needed, and like I said before, the flamingo just doesn’t work)

Police arrested the man with the knife was on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon and determined the candy cane crusader acted in self-defense as was not charged with anything.

Sadly it was necessary to make that special determination.

If you missed the Lizard Spock reference, it’s from nerdy The Big Bang Theory TV show. They came up with a new Rock Paper Scissor version that was pretty funny if you follow that humor.

“It’s very simple. Scissors cuts paper, paper covers rock, rock crushes lizard, lizard poisons Spock, Spock smashes scissors, scissors decapitates lizard, lizard eats paper, paper disproves Spock, Spock vaporizes rock, and, as it always has, rock crushes scissors.”

You will need to YouTube the clip for the full effect.

Back to the knife incident, you won’t always get lucky enough to have early (way early, and just because the stores put out Christmas stuff the day after Halloween, it doesn’t make it right) Christmas decorations handy to fend off a knife-wielding lunatic. Or drunken, turkey gorged losers with kitchen knives.

Be alert, have a real plan, and be prepared to defend yourself or your loved ones when necessary. Even Spock can get owned by a well prepared posionous lizard.

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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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I don’t have any money, would you like some tea instead?

Posted by Rob on Thursday, 10 July, 2008

The actual news headline was “Woman overpowers thief with tea and sympathy”.

A 30-year-old Tokyo woman and her 6 month old baby was confronted by a knife wielding stranger in the hallway of her apartment building the other day. The man brandished a knife and demanded that she give him her money.

The mother told the creep that she didn’t have any money on her and he proceeded to barge into her apartment. Luckily this story has an unusual (happy?) ending and neither the housewife or child were injured in this attack.

Apparently, the woman calmed the man down by making him some tea and providing a compassionate ear. When offered the tea, the man accepted, I suppose as any honorable Japanese man would. The man then put the knife away and began a 20 minute monologue describing his less than fulfilling life story.

Probably quite sick of hearing the sob story, the woman ended up handing over almost $100 and ran out of the apartment. The man quietly left the scene as the woman called the police from a pay phone outside.

The police rushed to the apartment but the thief was long gone.

I can’t say that offering tea would have been my first choice line of defense, but I suppose if granted that opportunity and had a pot ready, I would have capitalized by making the tea as blazing, boiling hot as humanly possible and “accidentally” spilling the extra large cup in the thief’s lap.

Or if you don’t feel like wasting perfectly good tea, plan ahead and stop the situation before being bored to tears by some whining thief and tool yourself up with some pepper spray, stun gun or a taser.

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Not all knife-wielding criminals will be so easily distracted by good hospitality. This Japanese woman was quite lucky to escape this situation unscathed. Wrong place at the wrong time victimization can range from simple theft to severe beatings, rape or worse. You never know what is on the mind of an assaliant.

Also remember, this mother had a 6-month-old baby in tow.

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,
Rob

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