The Witchita Eagle has a splendid story about a gentleman with a carry permit who used his safety rescue tool to dissuade a young thug from completing an armed robbery in front of the good guy’s business.
The good guy in the story, Steve Yager, exhibited good situational awareness, noting a young man almost two blocks away with a hoodie drawn up tight over his head on a warm October morning.
Yager told the paper he thought “Here comes trouble” when he saw the suspicious man.
When the bad guy sauntered up to Yager, he asked for the time even though there was a clock in the window beside Yager.
The bad guy asked for Yager’s money so he didn’t have to shoot Mr. Yager and instead of drawing his wallet, he drew cold steel and pointed it in the thug’s face.
Mr. Thug just never had it explained to him that way and changed is demeanor sharply, reported Yager.
In the end, the bad guy fled, cops came and took a report and nobody got their brains blown across the street.
Steve Yager saw him approaching from two blocks away.
Even though it was awfully warm for the first morning of October, the pedestrian had his sweatshirt drawn up tight against him and the hood up over his head.
“Well, here comes trouble,” Yager thought.
Sure enough, the man came up to him and asked him for the time.
“There was a clock right there in the antique (store) window” right next to where he was parked in the 900 block of West Douglas on Monday morning, Yager said. “It was just a ploy.”
The man turned and walked to the front of the antique store, then returned to where Yager was waiting in his truck for an employee to arrive at about 10 a.m. so he could open the Club Billiards that he owns next door.
“Well, why don’t you just go ahead and give me your billfold and I won’t have to pull my gun?” Yager said the man told him.
“I said, ‘Really?’ ” Yager said. “I reached over like I was going to get my billfold and grabbed my gun and stuck it in his face and said, ‘You mean like this?’ ”
The would-be robber’s eyes grew wide and his demeanor suddenly shifted, Yager said.