MAR DEL PLATA, ARGENTINA – This has been a really rough year, so when we get a “feel good” story, we clamor to report it.
A 4-foot, 11-inch woman was getting mugged for her cell phone, and her MMA-style martial arts background allowed her to demolish the would-be thief. That’s almost better than puppies and kittens.
The 20-year-old Brisa from Mar del Plata, Argentina, began chasing a man who’d stolen her cell phone as she was leaving work. When she and a friend from work ran the man down and caught up to him, she began delivering a volley of punches and strikes that left the man bruised and bloodied.
Brisa told the Argentinian TV show “Nosotros a La Mañana” (“Us in the Morning”) that after she put the man in a headlock and pulled his hair, she shouted:
“Son of a b—h, get a job! You think I spend all day locked up at work just so you can steal from me in three seconds?”
She told the show hosts:
“I spent all day working during a pandemic with a reduced salary and I refused to accept this guy coming along and making more than half my wages in three seconds.
“Hopefully this guy never steals again. I was lucky because I know how to defend myself as I practice MMA, but I don’t want it to happen to anyone else.”
Stateside, a homeowner in North Carolina surprised two burglary suspects by shooting at them as they broke into the man’s home.
In another case, a man from Winston-Salem, NC, shot a juvenile on his property and the other suspect fled the scene, according to the report the man filed with Winston-Salem police.
It happened around 12:15 in the early morning hours on Monday. Police responded to a 911 call for shots fired and arrived at the home to find a young man lying in the man’s driveway with a gunshot wound to the chest.
The juvenile was transported to a hospital by emergency medical personnel and was later listed in critical but stable condition.
Brandon Keith Evans, 24, identified himself to police as the homeowner and the one who shot the juvenile. Evans reported that he was not at home and got a call from his roommate that someone was breaking into the house.
Evans returned home and confronted the juvenile and another male, who were already inside.
Evans related that both suspects displayed weapons, so he fired on them.
Lastly, a roadside vendor in Trinidad and Tobago was being robbed by three men. He fought back and one of the robbers ended up shooting himself in the leg.
Ryan Sewah operates a fruit and vegetable stand has been robbed several times. But this time, he fought back.
Sewah reported to local police that three men approached his fruit stand as he was concluding a sale with an elderly man. The three men first acted like they wanted to buy figs and pineapples, but after the older man left, one of the three men pulled out a gun.
Sewah told Trinidad’s CNC3:
“When he pull out the gun he say give him the money and same time I grab him in a bear hug and two of we was like scrambling and while scrambling the gun went off. I get a chance to run and them fellas end up running. They did not get anything.”
The Trinidad and Tobago Police Service also released a statement to CNC3:
“The victim grabbed the armed suspect in an attempt to subdue him. A struggle ensued during which a loud explosion was heard. It resulted in the suspect being wounded on his right leg. The victim ran to safety in some bushes nearby and the suspects escaped on foot.”
No matter the location, no matter the country, it’s great to see crime victims fighting back.
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Watch: Fast-moving driver fights off armed robber at gas station in latest of string of New Orleans carjackings
November 18, 2020
NEW ORLEANS, LA – New Orleans is not a vast metropolis like Chicago or New York, but based on recent crimes committed there, you would think the city was trying to win a “most crime in the city” award against those mega-towns.
That was evidenced once again this past Saturday when two armed thieves tried to rob a car driver and his passenger at a gas station/convenience store on Hayne Boulevard on the city’s North Side waterfront.
The truly brazen nature of the attack is that it happened just after 7:30 a.m. in broad daylight.
In the accompanying video, you see a man pull into the convenience store gas pump area with his black sedan and pour out a drink cup.
He then gets out of his car, walks around to the front, and appears to inspect his vehicle. His vigilance paid off to a degree.
In the video, a smaller person is seen crouching down from view, creeping past a gold Suburban parked on the opposite side of the gas pumps. With the car owner still on the passenger side of his car, the thief maintains a low profile and slid into the driver’s seat of the car.
Then the car owner jumps into the car through the passenger front door and a fight ensues.
The smaller, younger person is seen fleeing from the man’s car toward a dark sedan where a driver was waiting.
Afterward, the car owner is seen throwing what looks like the young man’s hat or ball cap to him as the two exchanged words. A woman with a bag of merchandise approaches the car owner, likely unaware of what had just transpired.
The dark sedan with the young man sped off. The whole encounter took less than a minute. New Orleans police indicated that the younger man drew a gun on the owner of the black car.
As mentioned before, New Orleans seems to be in some unscripted competition for the most crime in a city.
Although New Orleans only has a population of 391,000, there are several suburban areas nearby that add to the volume of people and traffic. Interstate 10 goes through the center of town, so the downtown area is immediately accessible by anyone traveling through.
This type of crime, whether carjackings or robberies at gunpoint while a person is in their car, seems to be exploding in New Orleans.
We tracked an amazing and disturbing series of carjackings a little over a week ago. All but two were in broad daylight.
Here is the rundown on those incidents:
- At around 1:30 in the morning, in the 700 block of South Jefferson Davis Pkwy. a 32-year-old woman was parking her car when an armed suspect made the victim exit her car. She complied.
- Later Monday morning, a mother and her child were carjacked at gunpoint in the Mid-City section.
- On Monday afternoon, a 55-year-old woman was carjacked at Saint Roch Avenue and North Miro Street.
- Around 5:30 p.m., a 29-year-old man was robbed of his vehicle by two males at Prentiss Avenue and Eads Street.
- At about 8 p.m., a 36-year-old woman and her child were carjacked in the 2100 block of Alvar Street.
- Just after 9 p.m., a 47-year-old woman told police two unknown black males took her car at gunpoint in the 11900 block of the North I-10 Service Road.
- At around 9:30 p.m., in the 13900 block of Linden Street, a 49-year-old woman walked away from her car but did not turn off the engine. An “unknown black male” not only took the car but held her up for what she had on her person too.
- In a story that made national news, three masked men approached a man in his driveway, pulled out two pistols and an AK-47 style rifle, beat the man with the butt of a pistol, and took his F-150. This was in his neighborhood, outside his home, at four in the afternoon.
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