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Unarmed Security Guard Foils Suspect with TEC-9

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Photo via the LAPD

Photo via the LAPD
Just because you have a scary-ass gun doesn't mean you're not a fool. A security guard used his hands and flashlight to disarm a suspect who demanded money with a semi-automatic firearm last week.

Just after midnight on June 24th, a security guard patrolling the World Trade Center complex in downtown was approached by a man in a Lakers uniform asking for directions. “Where’s Figueroa Street?” he asked. Finding the question odd -- they were standing near the corner of Figueroa and 3rd -- the guard stepped back and pointed to the street. The suspect then took out a TEC-9 and pointed it. “Give me your wallet or I’ll kill you!”

Ordered to the ground, the guard gave him his wallet. “There better be money,” the suspect said as he pointed the gun at the guard's head. As the suspect looked inside the wallet, the guard grabbed the gun with one hand and swung his flashlight at the robber's head, followed by some kicks to the groin.

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“It’s rare to see this type of weapon on the street, and even rarer to have the victim disarm his assailant,” said Lt. Paul Vernon, commanding officer of the Central Detective Division. “While we don’t recommend such actions on the part of victims, every victim has to assess their situation, based on their fear, confidence, and ability. This victim believed the robber was going to shoot him.”

Vernon hopes DNA evidence from blood found on the flashlight and found discarded items -- glasses and the gun's magazine -- will help identify the suspect. "In the mean time, maybe someone will remember seeing a Black man in his forties with a gash on his head and wearing a bloody Lakers uniform," said Vernon. "If so, give us a call.”

The suspect drove a black van, described as an early 1990’s model with a luggage rack on top. The guard did not know the model, but described it as “boxy,” which has believe believing that it is probably a domestic van.