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Would-be Robber Taken Out by Store Customer(MI)
fox17online.com ^ | 23 March, 2012 | Jason Volentine

Posted on 03/23/2012 3:30:27 PM PDT by marktwain

A man walked into Spike N' Mike's Party Store around 10:00 a.m. Thursday morning, intending to rob the place, according to the store's owner.

The suspect, identified by a relative as Robert Slanger, didn't count on a vigilant, mixed-martial arts trained customer stepping in, however.

"I look at the cashier, I kind of know him, I come in there every day. I whispered to him, I mouthed to him, 'Are you getting robbed right now?' He said, 'Yeah,' like really scared," said Zack Thome, the GVSU college student who tackled the suspect.

The store, located at the busy corner of Fulton and Diamond SE in Grand Rapids, hasn't been robbed in a decade or so, according to the owner, making the daylight robbery even more unusual.

"He (the suspect) said, 'give me the money or I'm going to shoot you. I have a gun in my pocket. I'm going to shoot you, give me the money,"' said Sunny Singh, the store's owner, translating for the clerk who the suspect threatened.

A brief tussle between the suspect and the clerk ensued, which left the would-be-robber standing at the counter, still demanding money.

Suddenly, Thome, who had been watching the entire situation develop lunged at the would-be robber and took him to the ground with a martial arts hold. The vigilante held the suspect on the ground until police arrived to make an arrest.

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: Michigan
KEYWORDS: crime; defense; gvsu; mi; michigan; robber; sunnysingh; zackthome
People who fight back reduce the robbery rate.
1 posted on 03/23/2012 3:30:31 PM PDT by marktwain
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2 posted on 03/23/2012 3:32:36 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: marktwain

Great job, Zach!


3 posted on 03/23/2012 3:36:16 PM PDT by madison10
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To: marktwain

Why do they label the good guy a “vigilante”?

Why not “helpful customer”?


4 posted on 03/23/2012 3:36:26 PM PDT by G Larry (We are NOT obliged to carry the snake in our pocket and then dismiss the bites as natural behavior.)
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To: marktwain

why refer to our hero as a vigilante and not a concerned citizen or Army Veteran??
We have a “suspect” criminal and a “vigilante” hero....


5 posted on 03/23/2012 3:39:27 PM PDT by MudPuppy (St Michael Protect Us!)
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To: G Larry
Why do they label the good guy a “vigilante”?

I think its a fine and descriptive word. Screw what the left thinks.
6 posted on 03/23/2012 3:39:47 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: cripplecreek
"It's kind of my hometown. I live right next to the place, you know, I'm in there everyday. I think if it was the other way around, if I worked there and the guy at the register was there, he would have done the same thing," said Thome, who's also an Army veteran who did a tour of duty in Iraq. Say what you will about the wars, but it's given us a whole generation of these guys.
7 posted on 03/23/2012 3:41:01 PM PDT by Valpal1
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To: marktwain

Video here: http://www.fox17online.com/videogallery/68980102/News/store-customer-puts-stop-to-robbery-—3.22.12


8 posted on 03/23/2012 3:42:25 PM PDT by rawhide
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To: marktwain

I would add a little to your response, People who fight back reduce the robbery rate *when the papers report it* which you find more papers are reporting it. :O)


9 posted on 03/23/2012 3:42:25 PM PDT by goat granny
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To: marktwain

Zack is typical of the young men I met at my grandson’s basic training ceremony, they are an impressive bunch to be proud of.


10 posted on 03/23/2012 3:42:39 PM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: G Larry
Why do they label the good guy a “vigilante”?

The article didn't label him a vigilante, it said "a vigilant, mixed-martial arts trained customer".

vig·i·lant   [vij-uh-luhnt] adjective

1. keenly watchful to detect danger; wary: a vigilant sentry.

2. ever awake and alert; sleeplessly watchful.

11 posted on 03/23/2012 3:43:43 PM PDT by gitmo (Hatred of those who think differently is the left's unifying principle.-Ralph Peters NY Post)
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To: marktwain

People who fight back sometimes get shot too.
I remember reading about a champion karate guy what had a guy grab his wallet.
The karate guy chases him down and the robber shot him dead


12 posted on 03/23/2012 3:47:06 PM PDT by South Dakota (shut up and drill)
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To: marktwain
The vigilante held the suspect on the ground until police arrived to make an arrest.

Terribly BAAAAAAAD vigilante! If you protect people, even without lethal force, YOU'RE A VIGILANTE!

Said the great MSM.

13 posted on 03/23/2012 4:01:13 PM PDT by melancholy (Professor Alinsky, Enslavement Specialist, Ph.D in L0w and H0lder)
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To: marktwain
People who fight back reduce the robbery rate.

Amen, marktwain—and every time we, the people don't fight back, we merely encourage the predators to enlarge the scope and severity of their predations.

If that robber had tried that in my neighborhood, he'd be lucky to end up wearing hand cuffs instead of a toe tag.

14 posted on 03/23/2012 4:04:32 PM PDT by Standing Wolf
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To: marktwain

This young man saw a situation where someone’s life and property were in immediate danger and he put himself in harms way to help another person and he did so in a measured, appropriate way.

Great job Zach!

I think his parents have a lot to be proud of right now :)


15 posted on 03/23/2012 4:06:57 PM PDT by NMCicero
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To: melancholy

Last fall near me a legally armed man (notice I didn’t say victim) stabbed his attacker. Said he didn’t want to escalate the situation.

If it were me I would have given the paper something to report and said “Shootin a man is easy, I just wanted to know what it felt like to slip a knife into one.”.


16 posted on 03/23/2012 4:19:06 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: gitmo
Why do they label the good guy a “vigilante”?

The article didn't label him a vigilante, it said "a vigilant, mixed-martial arts trained customer".

The vigilante held the suspect on the ground until police arrived to make an arrest.

17 posted on 03/23/2012 4:19:26 PM PDT by Netizen (Path to citizenship = Scamnesty. If you give it away, more will come. Who's pilfering your wallet?)
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To: South Dakota
People who fight back sometimes get shot too.

That's one of the hazards I guess......But in times of stress, folks attempting to do the right thing don't have negative attitudes.......

18 posted on 03/23/2012 4:49:13 PM PDT by Hot Tabasco (No matter what you post here, someone's going to get pissed off......)
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To: marktwain
People who fight back reduce the robbery rate.

A statement that is a good example on how to handle our government.

19 posted on 03/23/2012 4:53:14 PM PDT by American in Israel (A wise man's heart directs him to the right, but the foolish mans heart directs him toward the left.)
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To: MudPuppy
why refer to our hero as a vigilante and not a concerned citizen or Army Veteran??

Vigilante is not a bad word. Under the described circumstances, I'd be proud to be called a vigilante.

20 posted on 03/23/2012 5:30:22 PM PDT by Graybeard58 (Eccl 10 v. 19 A feast is made for laughter, and wine maketh merry: but money answereth all things.)
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To: marktwain

And people who kill in self-defense reduce the murder/rape/robbery rate permanently.


21 posted on 03/23/2012 6:09:22 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Thanks cripplecreek. Nice job, Mister Thome!


22 posted on 03/23/2012 7:00:04 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (I come to bury Caesar, not to praise him)
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To: gitmo

“The vigilante held the suspect on the ground until police arrived to make an arrest.”

Sorry you are incapable of reading past the 2nd sentence....


23 posted on 03/23/2012 8:33:12 PM PDT by G Larry (We are NOT obliged to carry the snake in our pocket and then dismiss the bites as natural behavior.)
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