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Robber Calls 911 After Getting Punched in the Face

Posted by Rob on Wednesday, 3 February, 2010

A 43-year-old man got punched in the face while attempting to rob an 83-year-old senior citizen this past Saturday in San Diego, California. It would have been funnier if it was the elderly man doing the punching, but a 35-year-old good Samaritan broke up this crime with a fist-to-face interruption.

The robber got so upset, he called 911 to report the assault on himself.

When the police show up, they figure out what happened and arrested the 43-year-old for abuse of an elderly person and attempted robbery.

The police located the elderly man and confirmed the story that while he was pinned against a wall and the would-be-robber rifled through his pockets, the bystander came to his aid.

Kinda reminds me of a similar story about a year back when another guy shouldn’t have called 911, but did anyways. Something about a man in New Hampshire getting ripped off by a drug dealer, so he calls 911 to report the drug dealer took his money and didn’t give him his drugs. The police showed up, and arrested the man for admitting to trying to buy drugs. I believe the drug dealer got away…

You would think people were smarter than that. At least there weren’t any chicken nuggets involved in these two incidents…

Be Safe, Be Prepared.

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Failed Ninja Robbery Attempt

Posted by Rob on Tuesday, 28 April, 2009

In yet another story where some fool makes ninjas look bad, we have a ninja robbery attempt in Weymouth, Massachusetts last week. Witnesses say the man was dressed up like a ninja, and used a ninja sword while trying to rob a dry cleaner.

Apparently, the ninja wearing a ski mask and a sword in a sheath on his belt, walked into a Tedeschi convenience store around 8 AM in the morning. Mistake number one, he should have snuck into the store at night… you know, all sneaky-like in the shadows.

“All the witnesses said he was dressed like a ninja,” says Police Sgt. Richard Fuller. “He was in all black including the black ski mask. And they said it was a ‘ninja sword’ (he was carrying).”

Alarmed by the seemingly armed ninja entering the store, the convenience store clerk started to call the police. The ninja noticed the clerk on the phone. Good pickup, Mr. Ninja.

Next, the man rips off his ninja mask and asks the clerk if she is calling the police on him. Mistake number two, a ninja never reveals his true identity.

When the clerk says she was in fact calling the police on him, he gets scared and walks out of the store. Mistake number three, a ninja doesn’t walk out a door, he drops a smoke bomb and disappears!

So now the ninja walks down the street and enters a nearby Galaxy Cleaners.

The agitated ninja draws his sword and points the katana at the dry cleaner clerk, demanding all of the cash. This clerk tells the gullible ninja that she could not open the drawer.

The ninja now flees the second scene, again, without a smoke bomb cover. What a lame attempt at being a ninja. Mistake number four, if you are lame, you are not a ninja.

The Ninja Master from the Deadliest Warrior show would have been very disappointed.

Police are still searching for the man, who since he pulled off his mask, witnesses can say appeared to be in his late 20s and gave a facial description.

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Enter the Whale, the Inconspicuous and the Shark

Posted by Rob on Monday, 12 January, 2009

So much for Enter the Dragon, Bruce Lee he is not. Apparently a ninja, or at least a lame attempt at being one unsuccessfully attempted to steal two different ATM machines in sunny Florida over the past few weeks. One outside a bank, one outside a Walgreens.

Authorities in West Palm Beach were reviewing some surveillance footage of a hefty man, squeezed into an authentic looking ninja costume. All that was visibly was the overweight man’s eyes, aside from the bulging beer gut hanging over the belt line. Not exactly a martial arts poster child, Bruce Lee would be sad. Kinda reminds me of the old Chris Farley Beverly Hills Ninja movie.

It was not disclosed actually how the man was attempting to sneak off into the shadows with the ATM machines or the loot contained within, but I’m sure it was more covert than the guy in Ohio.

This guy stood in line at a Stow, Ohio bank for several minutes, with a ski mask on. He politely waited his turn and approached the teller, who then asked him to remove his mask before being served.

As if his intentions were not yet clear, it was then when the ski-masked man produced what ended up being a toy gun, and demanded an undisclosed amount of money.

Much to the surprise of this not-so-stealthy robber, the police were tipped off a few minutes before the attempt, and were able to arrest him rather quickly after a brief car chase. I don’t know, perhaps someone noticed this guy while he waited in line and reported suspicious activity?

The last story for the day is more self-defense related, but involves punching a shark.

Looks like an Australian surfer unloaded his fist into the side of the head of a shark while it bit the leg of his 13-year-old cousin and dragged her under the water.

“He’s extremely brave in his actions. He’s probably saved her life.” says a local police officer.

The two were surfing off Tasmania on Sunday when a 16-foot white-pointer shark grabbed the girl by the leg and dragged her under. Her 20-year-old cousin paddled over, punched the shark, who then released its bite. He then put the girl onto his surfboard and paddled back to the safety of the shore. That is a big freaking shark.

The girl was in stable condition in the hospital and is expected to recover. Luckily, her quick thinking and brave cousin was able to take action and thwart what could have been a fatal encounter.

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Self-Defense is a Personal Choice

Posted by Rob on Tuesday, 10 June, 2008

I was going through some old notes and found this little
nugget from awhile back, not sure why it didn’t get posted
back in last August (2007), but since it was a pretty good
article, I’ll post it now.

Self-Defense is a Personal Choice, you can choose to take
action, or choose stand by and allow things to happen.

“Three cheers and a replacement bottle of fish sauce for
Ross Vannarith, the owner of a Methuen, MA liquor store who
fought off a would-be robber with the help of his son and a
bottle of the salty condiment.

Vannarith had just returned from the Methuen Package Store on
Route 110 when he saw a man pointing a gun at his daughter
behind the register. Vannarith crept up behind the man and
wrestled him to the ground, where he and his son beat him
into submission with the first thing that came to hand, a
bottle of fish sauce. It was, Vannarith noted later, their
last bottle of the southeast Asian condiment.

Police arrested Douglas Brown of Lowell and charged him with
armed robbery. It took about 40 stitches to close the wounds
in Brown’s head.

Police have not charged the Vannariths with any crime
related to the beating. Nor should they. People have a right
to defend their lives and property.

Vannarith showed courage in taking on an armed robber. But
it was a risky decision. Police usually recommend offering no
resistance to such robbery attempts. A few dollars lost is
far preferable to a life lost.

But it sends a poor message as a society if we simply
surrender to any thug or hoodlum who walks through the door.
If we all offer ourselves as willing victims, there will be
no check on criminals at all.

The decision whether to resist or submit to a criminal’s
demands is an intensely personal one. It depends on an
instant reading of the circumstances and a realistic
evaluation of one’s options. No one knows truly what he or
she would do until faced with the decision in real life.

So while we applaud the bravery of those like Vannarith who
resist the thugs of the world, we in no way condemn those
who choose a more prudent course.

It keeps the criminals off-balance, too. It’s good that
they never know whether they’ll get an easy score or a
beating they’ll not soon forget.”

What do you think you would have done in a similar
situation? The choice is up to you.

now to take control of a situation before it gets out of
hand. Most of the time, attackers don’t expect you to
fight back, and when you do, you significantly increase the
chance they they will give up or become unsuccessful in
committing the crime to the extent possible.

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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Nothing Beats Mace to the Face

Posted by Rob on Monday, 14 April, 2008

A clerk in a cigarette store in Des Moines, Iowa
thwarted a robbery attempt in an unconventional, yet
strangely effective manner. Forcing one employee to
the ground, a masked man flashed a knife and
demanded money from another clerk.

Instead of emptying the cash register, the wiley clerk
started to empty a stack of chewing tobacco in the
robbers general direction. It took two throws before
one of the cans smacked the would-be robber in the
face. At this point a customer seeing an opening
tackled the man.

Unfortunately, the robber broke free and fled the scene.
If the clerks or customer was armed with a canister of
pepper spray, it would have been far less likely the
thief would have been able to run out the door.

The can of chewing tobacco to the face makes a funny
story but nothing beats a dose of Mace to the face.
When someone is sprayed with OC pepper spray, the
person’s eyes slam shut. Even if someone does manage to
get their eyes open, they won’t be able to see because
OC dilates the capillaries and causes temporary blindness.

Additionally, instant inflammation of the breathing
tissues restricts all but life support breathing. They
double over and begin to cough uncontrollably.

More than likely the creep would still be flailing on
the ground when the cops arrive. Perhaps he would make
it to the parking lot, but not much farther.

One of the clerks reported that the store was robbed
once before too. I hope that this second attempt will
persuade the management to invest in some form of
security, whether it be a surveillance camera, some
pepper spray or a Taser for the employees.

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 Cook

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