Don’t mess with Mama bear. That’s one of the takeaways from this assault on a mother of three by a faux Big Apple taxi driver. The back story [via pix11.com]: “Police said the 26-year-old woman and her children — ages 1, 3, and 5 — were picked up about 2:45 a.m. Wednesday allegedly by Vargas, who claimed to be a cab driver, on 207th Street in Manhattan. When they arrived at their destination in the Elmhurst section of Queens, the driver was caught on camera attacking the woman. Police said he was trying to sexually assault her. As the woman fought back and tried to escape with her children, the attacker elbowed one of the children and tossed another out of the car before fleeing.” You caught the time, yes? Which raises a few questions . . .
Who in their right mind gets into a non-company cab at 2:45am in New York City? What mother would do that with her three small kids?
Don’t get me wrong: I’m not blaming the victim. She may have been desperate to get her kids home. The “livery” may have been her only option, preferable to staying out on a city street at that ungodly hour. And who knows what kind of situation she was leaving?
I’m simply pointing out that, A) nothing good happens after 2am, and B) common sense situational awareness requires some hard decision making before your safety options become limited and especially after. Anyway . . .
A gun would have come in handy here. While the driver literally threw the child out of his car, it’s equally possible that he could have driven off with the child inside. I’m not sure of the deadly force laws in The People’s Republic of New York, but here in Texas you’re allowed to shoot someone in the act of committing forcible kidnapping.
More to the point, the mom in question had very few options to “convince” Pedro Vargas to cease his attack – which looks a lot more like an attempted kidnapping of the mother than a simple [if there is such a thing] sexual assault. And it looks like she had the time/space to draw a weapon.
Dare I suggest she may have been able to hold Vargas at gunpoint after her children were outside the vehicle? Not that I’d recommend it, but it could have been a possibility if she’d been tooled-up. If there hadn’t been video evidence, Vargas may have escaped to attempt to assault/kidnap/rape again.
Thankfully, this incident ended well – without a firearm. But it illustrates the importance of having a gun for self-defense. To which the antis would say, if she’d had a gun Vargas may have taken it away from her and shot her an/or a child.
Have a look at that unarmed Mom’s actions. Do you think that would have happened?