An as-yet-unnamed Texan and his girlfriend are visiting Oakland, California. It’s 1:33 a.m. Saturday on Skyline Boulevard, a half-mile north of Joaquin Miller Road. Here’s a map . . .
Got the picture? The couple’s going for a drive on a twisting mountain road.
They see a man waving them down and a crashed BMW behind him. The Texan man leaves his girlfriend in the car to go help. Little did our Texan couple know: the Newark, California man flagging them down had stolen the BMW a couple of days previous.
Now’s the time to point out that neither tourist was carrying. Nor could they have done so legally, even if they’d had a Texas License to Carry. Unlike the vast majority of the country, California doesn’t recognize the Texas LTC.
eastbaytimes.com picks up the story . . .
The Newark man then pulled a shotgun and pointed it at the victim in an attempt to rob him of his valuables and car, authorities said.
Police said the suspect briefly turned away and pointed the shotgun at the Texas woman still in the car, demanding her cell phone and other property. That’s when her boyfriend got into a struggle with the suspect.
At one point the shotgun went off, but no one was injured by the blast. Both men fell to the ground, where the intended victim pulled a pocket knife and stabbed the suspect several times, ending the struggle, police said.
According to police audio recordings, the man was stabbed at least seven times with one officer saying he suffered “arterial bleeding.”
While his girlfriend called 911, the Texas man provided the suspect some first aid until police and paramedics arrived. The suspect is expected to recover and face criminal charges. The Texas man was treated for minor injuries, including a knife cut to his hand.
Result! And a half! Not only did the Texan stop to help someone at o-dark-thirty, he took the bad guy’s shotgun out of play, stabbed the thug into submission and then gave the perp first aid — that stopped arterial bleeding. That’s one hell of a man.
Oh, and you know all those posts where I said, why bother carrying a knife for self-defense? Never mind.