Man Held At Gunpoint
updated: Sep 25, 2013, 9:29 AM
By Edhat Subscriber
Just before midnight Monday September 23rd, a young man in his early
to mid-twenties ran up behind me as I was walking to my home in West
Beach from work on Cabrillo near Castillo. He held me at gun point and
demanded my wallet and phone. He was 5'6"-5'8", 135-155 lbs.,
medium complexion, slight accent, wearing brown/tan shorts, a gray
hoodie, and rubber red devil Halloween mask, also right handed as
that was the hand the small caliber revolver was held in.
The young man, with weapon drawn, backed me up to my entrance
gate of my home on Yanonali and demanded my wallet and phone. I
was stunned and initially believed him to be a late night jogger trying to
pass me on the sidewalk as I turned toward my front door. I dropped my
phone on the ground behind my entrance gate that was latched which
confused him. He then started toward me at the entrance to my home.
My wife, 5 month old daughter, and almost 3 year old son were
sleeping and any stay bullets could have harmed them. As I was
backed against the fence, I reached into my back pocket for my wallet
explaining I was giving him my wallet but there was no cash, just id's
and credit cards. Then to block any stray bullets and feeling he was
going to pull the trigger, I put my hand up, as to deflect any bullets and
started advancing on him. He looked puzzled, shook his head, must
have realized how much noise and how long this was taking and then
fled down Yanonali street toward Bath Street on foot.
I unlatched my front gate, grabbed my phone, walked out to the
sidewalk to look if I could see him, entered my home and called 911.
SBPD responded in less than 5 minutes. They arrived with a police dog
that started tracking a scent down Yanonali toward Bath. The officers
searched on foot throughout the area, looking between houses and into
backyards for at least a block in each direction with their focus trailing
the police dog. They also drove around the entire neighborhood. The
suspect must have left the area on a bicycle, by car, or immediately ran
when his plan did not work out.
Two things to learn from this incident, first, BE AWARE of your
surroundings. I had a great night at work, was introduced to a new app
on my phone by a coworker, and had my nose glued to my phone as I
walked, whistling to my home. I was unaware of anyone around me
until it was too late. Second, do not resist a perpetrator when he has a
gun pointed at you. I know this and would practice this under any other
condition but I was not thinking clearly and was thinking of my family's
safety. Be aware and cooperate, things can be replaced, your family
cannot replace you.
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