[Video] Armed Citizen Captures Would be Purse Snatchers at Gunpoint in Texas

April 29 2014
by GSL Staff
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Source: khou.com Archive: WebCite.org

The local media in Houston, TX is calling this armed citizen an armed good Samaritan, and rightly so.

The man interjected himself into a robbery in progress in order to protect a mother and her children from two would be robbers.

As seen on a local business’s security cameras, two assailants in a vehicle attempted to grab a woman’s purse and drive away. However the woman was still attached to her purse and was nearly drug around the parking lot.

The armed citizen, who was sitting in his car, got out, drew his firearm and pulled the suspects out of their car at gunpoint. He then forced them both to the ground and held them at gunpoint until police arrived.

The two suspects were arrested and the armed citizen bought some candy for his kids before leaving.

The manager of the store where this took place recounted the incident to KHOU,

“It happened so fast,” said Brenda Vasquez, who manages the Family Dollar store in the 3400 block of Orlando Avenue in northeast Houston.
She witnessed the assault.

“This lady opens her car door, grabs the woman’s purse and they reverse. While they’re trying to reverse, the lady is holding on to her purse still, chasing them all the way to the middle.”

“And that good Samaritan came out, drew his weapon and scared them. And that’s when he pulled them out of the car.”

It should be noted that this is the most common type of defensive gun use in which no shots were fired.

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