3 Armed Crooks Try to Rob Man: He Turns the Tables, Grabs Gun & Kills Thug
'Victim' fights back and takes down one of the three robbers
If you heard about three armed criminals trying to rob a lone, unarmed man, you'd assume there wouldn't be any way such a scenario could pan out well for the victim.
At best, you expect the man to lose his possessions.
At worst, you'd imagine he'd also lose his life.
However, one particular Los Angeles resident decided that he wasn't about to roll over for the crooks and play the victim.
In the early hours of Saturday, three armed would-be robbers spotted their mark and thought they'd be in for an easy ride.
It didn't end well for them.
The thugs got out of their vehicle on the 1300 block of West 35th Street in Los Angeles, which is just west of the University of Southern California.
They then proceeded to confront a man at gunpoint in an attempt to rob him, police told the Los Angeles Times.
Presumably taking them by surprise, their "victim" had other ideas and fought back, police told the paper.
A physical battle then ensued as the stunned suspects lost control of the situation.
And lo and behold, one of the would-be robbers dropped his handgun.
Unfortunately for him, it was the intended victim who picked up the gun, police told the Times.
Not only that, he pulled the trigger and shot his attacker, police added to the paper.
Likely seeing their odds of a successful robbery quickly diminishing, the other two crooks hopped back in their car and fled, leaving the lifeless corpse of their "friend" on the ground behind them, police told the Times.
The would-be robber who was shot with his own gun was pronounced dead at the scene, police said to the paper, which noted that he was not identified.
Police detained and questioned the man who shot the would-be robber, the Times said.
He was later released and no charges have been filed, police confirmed.
Police didn't have a description of the other would-be robbers or their vehicle, the paper said, but the investigation is ongoing.
Twitter users commenting on the L.A. Times' story about the incident were relieved by the outcome but decried the state of the streets and said law enforcement needs to do more:
- "Arm yourself!!!" one commenter wrote. "You know the police will not show up. They even said they can't protect you."
- "It’s the return of the Wild West. The more ineffective law enforcement is the more people will take their protection into their own hands," another user said. "Can’t blame them."
- "This is what screaming 'defund the police' gets you. [District Attorney George Gascon] is a POS who will try to prosecute the person who had to fight to save his own life," another commenter offered.
- "The more crime rises, and the more people feel those in power don’t care, the more citizens prepare for it, plan for it to happen, and arm themselves against it," another user noted. "And while this story had a seemingly positive ending, it bodes very poorly for the city to have Tombstone rules."