A lunatic armed with a hand saw attacked a number of people in Portland last Friday afternoon. Among his victims: two unarmed women at a laundromat. The suspect, , walked in and began using the saw as a slashing weapon upon two woman. He soon left and continued his rampage outside.
As is commonly the case, the victims failed to take action to save themselves. The young blonde woman in the black t-shirt saw the man coming. She should have recognized that a man carrying a hand saw with an angry demeanor as a huge red flag to her safety. Given the intensity with which she watched him approach, it surely looked like her subconscious was telling her something bad was about to happen.
Instead, she just watches. And then her attacker Mr. Green slashes at her with the saw. Sadly, she just froze up at that point, probably due to her denial response to the attack.
“This can’t be happening to me!” she probably told herself.
Finally she starts to flee her attacker, but he managed to slash at her some more before abandoning the attack against her. For that, she’s very lucky.
With a little better situational awareness of a suspicious-looking person, she might have saved herself by putting obstacles between herself and the lunatic with a saw. Distance and obstacles buy time, and time gives a person options. And options often mean safety.
Additionally, if she had carried a firearm for self-defense, that might have convincedto find a less determined victim to accost.
So what is “suspicious?” Read Left of Bang for the college-level course on situational awareness. But for the layperson, you might best describe suspicious behavior as “anything outside of the baseline of normalcy.” Clearly someone wielding a handsaw along with a very surly demeanor fits the bill anywhere except at a construction site, home improvement store or a carpenter’s convention.
Someone with a gun might well have punched Mr. Green’s ticket instead of letting him slash at them a few times. Even in a “progressive” utopia like Portland, the use of deadly force against Mr. Green would likely have been ruled justified by prosecutors. And if not prosecutors, then it’d be time to “put 12 in a box” for a trial.
KPTV has more from the story:
PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) – A man was caught on camera attacking people with a handsaw inside a Portland laundromat, according to police.
Officers were first called out to the 2700 block of Northeast Weidler Street at 4:12 p.m. July 17. An initial 911 caller stated the suspect had hit their car with a handsaw before continuing west on Weidler Street.
More 911 calls came in, including reports that the suspect assaulted people with the handsaw and a belt – including two people in a laundromat – broke the windshields of several vehicles and threatened additional people with the saw.
It took cops a while to take Mr. Green into custody. As it happened in Portland, of course anti-police bystanders had to interfere with the cops doing their job of taking a dangerous and violent offender into custody.
Police said they continued talking to him to deescalate the situation, however, “several bystanders interrupted their conversation with him by screaming and taunting the officers, only increasing his level of agitation again,” according to the Portland Police Bureau.
Eventually, police said “calm conversation and active listening” led to the suspect being safely taken into custody.
Shane Vordelmicha Green, 58, was arrested on charges including second-degree assault, unlawful use of a weapon, attempted assault, strangulation, menacing, harassment, disorderly conduct, reckless endangering and disorderly conduct.
Listen to your intuition. It always has your best interests at heart.
Not only that, but if you notice something outside the baseline of normalcy in your environment, you should prepare for the possibility of taking emergency action to flee or fight to save yourself and your loved ones from great bodily injury.