Bystander Won't Let Armed Robbery Victim Inside Store

Bystander Won’t Let Armed Robbery Victim Inside Store

Are you ready to protect yourself against an armed robbery? The bystander here isn’t TOO much to blame for protecting himself, but it’s important to our Active Self Protection to remember that no one is coming to save us!

Original videos of the armed robbery: and


News story on the armed robbery:


What does this video teach us about defending ourselves during an armed robbery?


  1. Transitional spaces are places where we MUST be more careful of potential attack. A transitional space is any location that (1) allows attackers to prey on potential victims with an element of surprise and (2) provides ready escape for the attackers. So many times we see an armed robbery happen at gas stations and convenience stores because of the features that make them such an easy place to launch the ambush from, so when you’re in a transitional space you MUST be more aware.


  1. Situational awareness is your best friend. It doesn’t mean that you always are paranoid or living in “condition orange,” but it does mean that you know Col. Cooper’s color code of awareness and you live by it. Pay attention to your surroundings, and recognize that when you’re in public places you need to be more aware of your surroundings than when you’re in private. The intended victim had a chance in this armed robbery because he saw the attack the instant it launched and he responded. That kind of awareness is critical!


  1. In any territorial or predatorial violence, the attacker gets to set the time and circumstances of the attack. They will almost always launch that attack from ambush, or as we like to call it in Umas, from “obscurity.” Surviving that ambush is one of the most important keys to successfully defending yourself in an armed robbery.


  1. As well-meaning as police officers are, they cannot protect you from danger. As the old adage says, “When seconds count, the police are only minutes away!” You—and ONLY you—can protect yourself from an armed robbery when it comes upon you. A police response time of 5 minutes is considered perfectly acceptable in most suburban departments, and times upwards of 30 minutes can be the norm in rural areas! You need to have the attitude, skills, and plan to protect yourself from harm because the police simply can’t.


  1. Never, ever, under any circumstances allow yourself to be taken to a second location in an armed robbery. That’s when it’s not an armed robbery but a kidnapping! The odds of terrible things happening to you rise exponentially when an attacker is allowed to get you isolated and in private. You must make the decision that if an attacker tries to take you to a second location that you will fight to the death to prevent that. This takes spiritual fitness, the courage to know what you’re willing to fight for.


  1. One significant strategy that works (if you don’t have tools or skills to mount a more effective defense) to keep from being taken to a second location in a kidnapping or armed robbery is to drop to the ground and use your legs to keep the kidnapper from moving you. Nothing good happens at the second location, so dropping to the ground can keep you from being moved! The way I talk about it is this: have you ever tried to pick up a toddler who didn’t want to be moved? It’s TOUGH! Now think about doing it to an adult. Flop down, stay on your back, and use your legs to kick the attacker off. Jiu jitsu practitioners use this strategy when grounded pretty routinely.


  1. If you run from an armed robbery, don’t just run AWAY from danger. Run TO something. Run TO the corner where you can fight one at a time. Run TO a store where a guard can help you. Run TO your house where you can lock the door. Run TO a place where you can better defend yourself from attack. Running FROM danger is great, but running TO safety is better! The challenge in this armed robbery was that the victim thought he was running to safety and was blocked!


Attitude. Skills. Plan.


(music in the intro and outro courtesy of Bensound at




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