Wild West rule #1: Never bring a knife to a gunfight.
Most news media never covers this type of story but the reality is that many lives are saved every single day by people who have carry permits like this Realtor in Colorado.
And this kind of scenario hits close to home because Mrs. J. was a Realtor for 12 years and most of her showings were in lousy neighborhoods.
In this story though, the Realtor, named Dawna(that's a cool name but everyone would misspell it :), was setting up for an open house when this dirtbag arrived.
She wasn't suspicious though because he was polite and pleasant and asked the right questions and talked about his loan options and so forth like a genuine potential buyer.
But things took an ugly turn when he asked to see the upstairs. When they got to the Master Bedroom he took out a knife and a rope attached to a can of Bear Spray.
He said "This is a knife, this is bear spray." Then he said, "Take off your ring and get into the closet." source
That's when she drew her gun. When she did that he sprayed her with the bear spray which temporarily blinded her... so she started firing. He ran downstairs and drove off.
She called the cops and they caught and arrested him.
Here's Dawna and the thug she thwarted:
It was just a couple days before I saw this article that a lady Realtor had been abducted and murdered while showing a house.
They're very vulnerable to this kind of attack but most Realtors don't meet strangers to show them houses anymore.
Mrs. J. did all the time but most of the time these days the client has to come to the brokerage offices for an interview and they have to present ID and have their photo taken before they'll meet with them to show houses.
That's what it's come to in these times. But there's no way to screen people at open houses, anyone can and do show up. Needless to say, most Realtors carry a gun.
She done good but she should have ordered him to back up and then shot him when he went for the bear spray. So she had some luck on her side. I bet she doesn't do open houses by herself anymore.
Thanks for stopping by folks, God bless you all!
PS- Have y'all seen the Tom Cruise Top Gun trailers yet? This one is great because it includes behind the scenes stuff:
I think the movie's gonna be breath-taking.