I Just Stopped a Robbery!


Bondhead88

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I just stopped a robbery! I was just at the ScotiaBank machine in Villa El Salvador, Peru and three guys were watching me. As I left I noticed one of the guys break off from the group and start to follow me. So, I slowed down and he slowed down, I sped up an he sped up. I stopped to pretend to look at something and he stopped on the sidewalk. As I sped up again he sped up. I let him get right behind me. He didn't notice that I had taken something out of my pocket. I stopped dead and spun around to face him pushing the button on my switch blade as I did so.
The blade sprang out and his eyes opened wide. He decided he didn't want to be there and took off running back to his friends. I get to keep my money and he didn't get hurt. I'd say that was a fair exchange!
 

Don't know if it is legal to carry in Peru but I would much rather have stuck a pistol in his face. Greater emphasis for him to change careers!
 
Don't know if it is legal to carry in Peru but I would much rather have stuck a pistol in his face. Greater emphasis for him to change careers!


It is legal although a huge hassle and the biggest you can carry is a 38 with fmj. When I come back I will get one. You have to get one for every gun and everytime it is a lot of work to get it because you go through the same process each time.
 
Did I miss the part where you were threatened?

Are you asking did I wait for him to say something like "me das tu diner" (give me your money) if you are no I didn't and if you did that you would be robbed before "me"comes out of your mouth.

You learn to be observant down here, you learn to be cautious and if necessary you learn to become preemptive down here or you learn how to become a victim down here.
 
Did I miss the part where you were threatened?

Are you asking did I wait for him to say something like "me das tu diner" (give me your money) if you are no I didn't and if you did that you would be robbed before "me"comes out of your mouth.

You learn to be observant down here, you learn to be cautious and if necessary you learn to become preemptive down here or you learn how to become a victim down here.


Well up here, you learn what jail is like up here !
 
I was wondering the same thing?

I was talking to one of the other guys here who lives in the compound and it turns out the kiosk they run was robbed yesterday. A guy pulled a gun on one of the ladies who was working it it. He took all of the money and a bunch of the food. She was so shook up she didn't say anything for 25 minutes.

The area we live in Lima is Villa El Salvador and it's one of the poorer and more crime ridden areas.
 
Well up here, you learn what jail is like up here !

Last week two guys tried to kidnap a young child from the market up the road and a large group of people caught up with then almost as they passed out compound. I think they would have preferred Jail compared to what the crowd did to them.
 
I was talking to one of the other guys here who lives in the compound and it turns out the kiosk they run was robbed yesterday. A guy pulled a gun on one of the ladies who was working it it. He took all of the money and a bunch of the food. She was so shook up she didn't say anything for 25 minutes.

The area we live in Lima is Villa El Salvador and it's one of the poorer and more crime ridden areas.

To be absolutely truthful I think your instincts were probably right and you probably did stop a robbery but I don't think it would have flown in the states.
 
There are all kinds and levels of "being threatened".
I'd say you did it just right, especially considering where you were.
I'm glad you managed to stay healthy and out of serious trouble.
 
If you didn't think that was a threat, you must have never been out of the door of your house. These gentlemen don't say, "Uh, excuse me, I'm going to rob you now." The first warning you get (unless you have your eyes open like bondhead88 did), is the bump on your head. The next thing you know is when you wake up in a hospital, if you do wake up. Good call, bondhead88; stay sharp.
 
I've been in the position you were in, I know the feeling you had, and I think you did the right thing. Let me give you a tip. If you find yourself in the same situation again, look for things around you that will reflect an image like glass or polished metal or a light that will cast a shadow of the person you suspect is out to harm you. You can track the suspected assailant without them being aware you are watching. This gives you a significant advantage. I'm glad you had a positive outcome.
 
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To be absolutely truthful I think your instincts were probably right and you probably did stop a robbery but I don't think it would have flown in the states.

I agree in the US it wouldn't have worked but then again in the US the newspaper would have read, "Father of two teenagers loses life after being robbed"
 
I spent three weeks on an archeological dig in honduras and by the second day we were all armed with machetes. Its a different world south of the border, he got to keep his money and his kidneys. It would not have worked in the states but outside of the usa "jungle rules may apply". Good job, glad you are alive to tell the tale and guys, dont bust his chops too badly.
 
Congratulations on escaping a potentially dangerous and deadly encounter. I believe your instincts and actions were correct based on your observations and testing of the guy following you. Well done! It's a reminder to all of us to always be on the alert and trust your gut instinct. When your gut tells you that things don't "feel" right, listen and believe your gut. I'm very happy you are safe brother!
 
In Peru it would fly without a problem. Here in the states it would only be a problem with the push button knife and again depending on the state that you are in. As far as stopping a robbery I must agree with the O.P. with the way he laid out the senario. I would have also done something like he did but I would have had my .380 - .9 MM - or my .40 cal. Glock in my hand. With 25 year's in law enforcement I could see what was going to happen at the first oppertunity and would have done the same.
Bill
 
Did I miss the part where you were threatened?

Well Duh?
Those of you that can't see the furtive actions as being threatening,,, well, God Bless You.

I live in a pretty nice area of rural middle America even though there are lots of poor people. Social problems are non-existent except for a few rude immigrants who don't yet understand the protocol here, or English. We are often referred to as "red-neck-ville" and "the boonies". Lots of people carry concealed. I have yet to see the first person open carry. but hey, it's my chosen home.

Personal robberies, hijackings, road rage, and muggings are NON-existent here. Women don't get hassled on the street. Guess why.

Yesterday my friend from NW Illinois called and was telling me about the massive increase of burglaries and personal robberies being committed by scum bags with knives. (Guns are illegal in Illinois. period.)

Is there a parallel there?
 
I personally woukd have turned and looked him in the eye and asked "can I help you with something?" The OP made it home and safe and thats what counts.
 

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