Concealed Carrier Captures Suspect Who Stabbed Elderly Man Several Times at a Bus Stop

July 17 2014
by GSL Staff
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A concealed carrier in Florida is being described as a good Samaritan after he stepped in following a stabbing attack and captured the suspect at gunpoint.

According to local media reports,

Thomas Thorpe is accused of stabbing a 64-year-old man about 8:15 a.m. Wednesday at a bus stop near the intersection of South Orange Avenue and 6th Street in southern Orange County.

Witness told deputies Thorpe attacked Donald Sacco and attempted to steal his bag as the man screamed “I don’t have any money leave me alone,” an arrest report said.

Thorpe stabbed Sacco several times as Sacco used his cane in an attempt to fight the man off, deputies said.

Thorpe then tried to run off, but a witness who was driving by stopped his car, drew his gun, and held the suspect at gunpoint until police arrived.

The victim was stabbed is being treated for his wounds at an area hospital. He is expected to survive his injuries. Two of his wounds are described as being deeper than the others.

Thorpe is being charged with attempted first-degree murder, aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, and robbery.

This is the 112th defensive gun use we’ve documented in the state of Florida and the 1,225th defensive gun use we’ve documented overall.

This incident is the one of the most common types of defensive gun uses. That is, one in which no one was actually shot. Despite this being one of the most common types of defensive gun uses, these incidents are often not included in statistics about defensive gun uses. Many of these statistics and studies focus solely on justifiable homicides, which represent only a fraction of total defensive gun uses.

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