“Max Cabrera and his girlfriend Gabby Perez were on their way to the car when they encountered five men,” kxan.com reports. “’As they crossed us, one of the guys in the front, he reached over and groped me,’ said Perez. “Perez says she and Cabrera tried to walk away, but that things escalated quickly and the men started punching Cabrera. She says one of the suspects, described only as a black man, reached under her skirt, scratching her. Cabrera was left with a broken nose, fractured bones in his face and six stitches on his forehead.” This one happened in my backyard: downtown Austin, at 2:30 am. Which goes to show that . . .
a firearm is your third best defense against violent attack. Number one being avoiding stupid people doing stupid things in stupid places. Number two being escape and avoid violent assaults wherever possible. Relying on the police to protect you being number nothing, tied with depending on surveillance cameras for deterrence.
Austin Police say the public is not in danger at this time, and they are investigating the incident. There are surveillance cameras in the area, but it was not known if they will be able to help identify the suspects. No further details or descriptions were provided.
My apologies to Mr. Cabrera and Ms. Perez on behalf of my adoptive hometown. I’m ready to provide free firearms-based self-defense training when they’re ready, and hook them up with a concealed carry class for their concealed handgun license. As the NRA says, don’t be a victim. Again. Still. [h/t CGinTX]