A trio of teen thugs thought they had hit it big after they robbed a 23-year-old Detroit man Sunday night at a bus stop. But little did they know that their victim, the recent recipient of a concealed carry permit, was also armed and prepared to defend himself.
And that’s exactly what he did. After they took $220 from the man’s pocket, the crooks celebrated the score and dropped their guard and that’s when the victim took action, drawing his handgun and opening fire on the suspects.
“They threatened him and told him if he moved they were going to blow him which is a term for I’m going to kill or shoot you if you move,” said the victim’s brother Tremaine to Fox2Detroit. “And that’s what ended up happening.”
The victim shot the 16-year-old robber in the chest, the 17-year-old robber in the leg. The 19-year-old robber was not wounded. The trio immediately fled the scene — running for their lives.“We are glad that he didn’t lose his life and he protected himself,” said Tremaine. “He was in fear of his life he didn’t know what to do he didn’t know this was going to happen to him.”
After shooting the thugs, the victim phoned the police and recounted the incident. Authorities then discovered the two wounded suspects at a nearby medical center, the Sinai Grace Hospital. Not surprisingly, they had lied to hospital staff and said they were held up and shot.
Investigators interviewed the teens and one of them not only confessed to robbing the concealed carry permit holder at the bus stop but also admitted to perpetrating other criminal acts, which were corroborated by posts on their Facebook pages.
Stealing is dumb. But celebrating your theft on social media, well, that’s a whole ‘nother form of stupidity.
Police are still investigating the incident and no charges have been filed. The 16-year-old is in critical condition and the 17-year-old is in stable condition. It wasn’t clear by the report whether the 19-year-old was in custody.
Meanwhile, the victim was questioned and released. Tremaine spoke about how he and his brother share the belief in one’s right to self-defense, particularly in a city where crime is pervasive and the police are not always there when one needs them.
“I believe you should have the right to protect yourself from any danger,” he said, “We should be able to walk and go where we want freely and not be in fear of our life that that’s why I believe your CPL is protecting you from any danger you may come across.”