Skip to comments.Would-be victim tells how he beat intruder with his own bat
Posted on 01/30/2010 5:17:17 AM PST by Thirteen
HURLEY, Va. When a large, 21-year-old man walked into a store armed with a baseball bat, threatening a robbery, Kenny Justus did what any old man would do: He wrestled the bat from the intruder, beat him nearly to death with it and then shot him in the arm.
He was calling me an old man while we were fighting, Justus, 64, said. I told him, the next one he picks on better be older than me.
Police accused the bat-wielding intruder of trying to rob Justuss car lot Thursday.
Justin Gregory Charles, badly beaten and with a gunshot wound in his right forearm, was taken to Holston Valley Medical Center by helicopter. Reached in his hospital room, Charles said he was not very good at all, but he declined to elaborate on his injuries or how he received them.
Justus threw out his shoulder.
Charles lives with his father next door to Justus Auto Sales, the car lot on Hurley Road where the fight took place.
Justus said he knows Charles well hed often stop in to use the phone or borrow the weed eater.
He just came in and sat down, I thought he looked kinda funny, Justus said. Then he got this big wooden bat out and said Im gonna take your money and your safe.
At first, Justus got out his little gun, but decided against shooting. I didnt want to kill him, he said. But I didnt want to be killed, either.
Thats when it dawned on Justus to commandeer the bat. The two men wrestled for it until Justus, who describes himself as a lean man, pried it out of the intruders hands. Justus said he just wanted to knock him out, but the intruder kept getting up and coming back.
I beat on him until that bat was in three pieces, Justus said. You know if you cant knock somebody out with a baseball bat, hes gotta be crazy on drugs.
Justus said he hit him, straight on the head, until blood spattered the entire office and the bat fell apart.
Blood was flying everywhere, Justus said. It ruined all the furniture, it looked like two pints of blood on the floor.
Still, the intruder charged him. So Justus pulled the trigger and then called the cops.
Buchanan County Sheriff Ray Foster said charges against Charles are pending.
I hate to get in a mess like this, Justus said. I beat him with his own baseball bat like I was fighting for my life. If he hadnt brought that bat with him, hed be better off.
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Should have killed him and thinned the herd. This POS will be out and robbing people again.
Don’t pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he’ll just kill you. ...
The guy didn't listen and Cheese looks kinda old so the guy tries to get out of the truck. As he stepped out of the door Cheese starts wailing on him with the bat. LOL!
The guy then jumped back into the cab. A minute or two later he tries again to get out with the same result, Cheese starts beating on him........
This time the guy jumped back into the cab and stayed there till the cops arrived........
The guy robs the store next to his own house and they know him?
“If he hadnt brought that bat with him, hed be better off.
Paraphrasing Johnny Cash’s Don’t Take Your Guns to Town: ‘Don’t take your bat to town, Bill... leave your bat at home.’
These dumbshits just have no idea that age don’t mean nothing anymore.
Bring it on homeboys...bring it on...LOL.
Nobody said the guy was smart.
I once worked with a guy who robbed his own bank.
The kicker is that he got away with it. Long story.
What can I say? Drugs make people do strange things.
The moral of this story is just shoot the SOB and don’t mess around!
Well I guess he couldn’t walk very far with a baseball bat in his hands.
LOL, ten to one says Kenny Justus is a former Marine.
Looks like Mr. Gregory got the justus he deserved. ;-)