It Should Have Been a Defensive Gun Use: Cali Crime Spree Edition


“On Monday morning, authorities say [Brian Thomas] Cruz first went into a woman’s home and forced her at knifepoint to drive him in her car, which she intentionally crashed to get away,” reports. “He then allegedly carjacked a teacher’s vehicle near Palisades High School, after which he struck several other vehicles, authorities said. After leaving the second car, Cruz entered another residence and allegedly forced a woman inside to give him her car keys. He took that car and crashed it against several other vehicles before running a red light and colliding with yet another car near Webb Way in Malibu, according to the district attorney’s office. After that crash, [armed] officers caught up with and arrested Cruz.” TTAG reader JY draws the obvious (to us) lesson . . .

A homeless man in California went on a Grand Theft Auto-style crime spree, carjacking multiple people at knife point and then crashing their cars. He did this repeatedly, unabated until police finally caught him. Just think if one of the half dozen people he encountered had access to a gun. But of course…California.


  1. avatar Pantera Vazquez says:

    Of course-the press and Police will state something along the lines of-fortunately no firearms were involved. as this would have exacerbated the situation or the likelihood of innocent bystanders being injured.

    1. avatar Indiana Tom says:


    2. avatar Roscoe says:

      …or, heaven forbid, the grossly reckless violent offender could have been injured or killed. He should never have to suffer the injustice of being stopped by a good guy – or gal – with a gun, unless of course, he is appropriately cop shot.

      After all, he was just starting to turn his life around.

      1. avatar LarryinTX says:

        And of course, depending solely on the color of his skin, there might have been riots and looting and burning in the demand that the shooter be hanged without trial and the crowds given free stuff.

  2. avatar John F says:

    “On Monday morning, authorities say [Brian Thomas] Cruz first went into a woman’s home and forced her at knifepoint to drive him in her car,” The Woman took out her Concelled Carry 1911 45ACP and shot the Perp. End Of Story … at least in Arizona the neighbor State ,,,,

    1. avatar tfunk says:

      I assume, of course, since you said 45ACP you meant to say “vaporized” the perp…without even firing a shot.

      1. avatar ThomasR says:

        Dood; 45ACP is good but not that good; but if you do shoot; it will vaporize your soul. The first time; no need to shoot twice.

        1. avatar Gunr says:

          My wife tells me if I go to church on Sunday, my soul will be “cleansed”

        2. avatar Scrubula says:

          I thought it had heatseaking baby killing capabilities.

        3. avatar T.G. says:

          No those are only the Baby Skull seeking bullets. They instantly seek out baby skulls, perfect for when those evil baby skull necklace wearing biker gangs coming through town causing wanton destruction.

  3. avatar Hannibal says:

    He was not doing well with cars that day.

    1. avatar tfunk says:

      They should ban crashing.

      1. avatar Vhyrus says:

        Or cars, or knives, or homeless, or men….

    2. avatar Gunr says:

      Do you suppose if he ever gets out of jail, his auto insurance might go up a tad!

  4. avatar RALPH says:

    Let’s not be too hard on Cruz. He was just trying to build up his driving experience before his learner’s permit expired.

    1. avatar Vhyrus says:

      He had just started to turn his life around… or was it the stolen car he was turning? I can’t remember.

    2. avatar Tom396 says:

      His insurance premiums are gonna go through the roof.

      1. avatar Gunr says:

        Not to worry, he’ll be too old to drive when he gets out, I hope!

  5. avatar Sixpack70 says:

    I would hope if that ever happened that my wife would be able to grab the AR and stop the knife wielding psycho like this. I need to take her out for training soon to make sure she knows what to do.

    Doubly so because it sounded like someone tried to open my garage door last night. This was while I was out there working. There was no wind and the door jerked, but was locked. I was doing some gunsmithing in the garage so I wasn’t too worried. I had a loaded mag in my cargo pocket and while not fully assembled, the rifle would have been operational.

    1. avatar ThomasR says:

      No need to grab the AR if you have your home carry pistol on your belt. Home carry; never be at home without it.

  6. avatar Sean says:

    “Just think if one of the half dozen people he encountered had access to a gun. ”

    It would have looked something like this:

    “Victim’s neighbor shoots carjacker who crashes, dies”

    1. avatar whatever says:


  7. avatar JasonM says:

    So…how is this different than a typical commuter in LA County?

  8. avatar Jonathan - Houston says:

    We all know to keep away from stupid people doing stupid things in stupid places. We also know that lifestyle contributes heavily to one’s risk of violent crime victimhood. Cases like this, however, remind us that sometimes the Universe throws us a curve ball and we need to be prepared. Nothing’s for certain, of course, but that’s all the more reason to take control of what elements you can, which includes being armed for self-defense.

    1. avatar Roscoe says:

      Especially in metropolitan areas like LA where wackos infest the whole geographical vicinity, like fleas.

  9. avatar Nader says:

    California might ban cars. Since the state wants to make just about everything legal.

  10. avatar Mike Spenser says:

    I saw this qoute earlier in the day “the peoples republic of Californistan”. In the 1960’s when Ronald Reagan was governor he signed a bill into law banning open carry. He said “guns carried by civilians has no place on public streets.”

  11. avatar Lfshtr says:

    I can see it now, as he opens my car door two rounds leave my pistol and enter his soul/body, end of story. Another perk is dead. Guys and gals always protect your flank.

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