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Woman Uses Bear Spray And A Bokken To Catch A Thief

Bear Spray

Bear Spray

San Francisco, California – Sonya Yu, a San Francisco woman decided she’s had enough of crime in her neighborhood and took the initiative to fight back. She was angry that thieves were stealing delivered packages from the doorsteps of her neighbors so she attempted to catch the suspect herself and she posted live tweets throughout the entire ordeal.

She armed herself with bear spray (an extremely powerful pepper spray used primarily as a bear repellant) and a bokken (a wooden sword the samurai used during training).

“My bear spray, bokken, & I are still not intimidated,” wrote Yu. “We keep bear spray by the door, so my plan is spray, call 911, & mutilate his junk.”

You gotta love this woman’s style! She definitely doesn’t fit the typical helpless victim profile.



When the suspect approached a seemingly unattended package at Yu’s door, She doused him with bear spray from the safety of her balcony. The man, who apparently was armed with a knife, fled immediately.

Yu called police and then pursued the scum bag with her bokken and bear spray in tow.

“He escaped, but not far,” she tweeted. “The bear spray debilitated him & painted him orange so other cops picked him up within 5 minutes. GOT HIM!”

She said that the police laughed hysterically when they saw her makeshift weapons.

Yu was hit with some Bear Spray blowback, but she thought it was a small price to pay for catching the krook.

San Francisco police identified the man as Andy Anduha, 51. He was charged with attempted burglary and outstanding warrants for traffic violations, police said.

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Robberies Foiled With Beer, Golf Clubs & A Toy Gun

It’s Shame To See Good Beer Go To Waste

Kelvedon Hatch, England – A convenience store manager foiled an attempted robbery by throwing cans of beer at the attempted robber.

Aman Singh-Mann, 29, manager of the Nisa store in Kelvedon Hatch, England, said a knife-wielding masked man entered the store around 5:15 p.m. in the afternoon and demanded an employee open the cash register.

“It was a man shouting ‘open the till’. Straight away I knew I had to do something and I just acted on instinct. I went out and saw the man and he was waving the knife around. I grabbed the first thing I could and threw it at him.”

Singh-Mann said he continued to threw beer cans at the robber until he fled. Police are still trying to find the suspect. It’s a damn good thing Mr. Singh-Mann didn’t use pepper spray or a stun gun to fight off the robber or the bobbies would have arrested him for using a deadly weapon!
(UK man arrested for stun gun)
(UK man arrested for pepper spray)

Well, you gotta give him credit for thinking on his feet, after all a Beer bottle makes a great self defense weapon in a pinch. You know what makes a better one? A .500 Smith & Wesson!!!

Golf Clubs – Great For Driving, Putting And Kickin’ Ass!

Garden Grove, Ca – A jewelry store owner stopped an attempted robbery Wednesday by using an unlikely weapon…a nine iron!

Two Asian men entered Masterpiece Jewelry and indicated they had a question about repairing a piece of jewelry.

After the store owner buzzed them in, one of the suspects held a stun gun to the owner’s neck and demanded jewelry.

The owner broke free, ran to the back of the store and activated a silent alarm.
The attackers then shocked him repeatedly with the stun gun in an attempt to take him down. However, he was able to grab his golf club and tee-off on them so hard, they ran away, without any merchandise.

“We gotta be more careful,” said the owner, who was too afraid to reveal his name. “It’s the first time for me. What a shock.”

Officials plan to review security tapes hoping it will lead to the suspects.

Make My Day Punk.

Norwich, Ct – Norwich police arrested a pair of geniuses on Tuesday after a failed robbery attempt with a toy gun. Daron Henry and Jordan Nicholas, both 19 approached a couple on the street and demanded money. When the couple refused to had over the cash, Henry brandished the gun.

Now here is where it all falls apart, literally. When Henry tried to pistol whip the victim, the plastic gun broke into pieces. Out of fear or embarrassment, the two suspects then fled, but were caught a short time later.

Henry was charged with first-degree robbery, third-degree assault, breach of peace and brandishing a facsimile firearm. Jordan, whose list of pending criminal cases that include drug sales and assault charges, faces similar charges.

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Stupid Chip Criminals

We love stupid criminals. We also love potato chips. So what could be better than combining the two? Enjoy!

Cheetos Assault

Take a Cheetos break

Tennessee – We’re not exactly sure what happened, or even if the event in question occurred at a trailer park. But the police report indicated a domestic dispute between James Earl Taylor, 40, and Mary Childers, after an argument over the reality show “Redneck island” evolved into a physical assault.
The physical altercation apparently involved Orange Cheese Puffs, that fact is not in dispute. However, it’s unclear whether the improvised weapon in question was Crunchy Cheetos, Cheetos Puffs or the Flamin’ Hot Variety.

Frito Lay?

Chips For Sex
Oklahoma – Lahoma Sue Smith of Oklahoma pleaded guilty to a prostitution charge for accepting a box of Frito-Lay chips in exchange for oral sex. According to an Oklahoma City Police Department report, Faron Ray Johnson told cops that he informed Smith that he did not have any money, but that she ‘agreed to give him sex for a box of chips.’ Johnson, a Frito-Lay employee, provided Smith with a case of chips he valued at $30.

I’d do just about anything for a bag of Sweet Maui Onion, but this is ridiculous.

Chips and Dip
WASHINGTON, Pa. — Police followed a trail of potato chips to catch a Pennsylvania burglary suspect.

Nobody can steal just one!

Washington police say 21-year-old Benjamin Sickles was arrested after he broke into a Subway restaurant and stole several bags of snacks. Not simply content to take his new found booty home to snack on later, he ate while he walked, leaving a trail of chips as he went.

Cops say the mental giant broke a glass door before trying to unsuccessfully open the cash register. He then made off with nine bags of chips after he couldn’t get to the cash.

Officers followed a trail of chip bags to Sickles residence. He was hold up in the house, so cops lured him out with sour cream and onion dip. He had a bloody hand and foot when he was taken into custody after police drew their Tasers.

Oh Canada
Saanich, B.C. – A couple of drunk university students stole Zellers brand BBQ – flavored chips out of a woman’s garage in Saanich, B.C.

We Always Get Our Chip Thief

The female students were drinking and heading to the University of Victoria when they passed an open garage and noticed the chips inside. The owner, who was alerted to their presence by her barking Chihuahua, heard the chip bandits and called the police.

According to police, the chip thieves motivation was the fact that Zellers is closing it’s doors for good in October and these chips are particularly good.

“I haven’t tried these for myself, but my understanding is that particular brand of barbeque is quite tasty,” said Sgt. Dean Jantzen of the Saanich Police as he tried to keep a straight face. “Apparently there had been some elicit chip tasting.”

Jantzen couldn’t keep his laughter suppressed any longer and after one question laughed saying, “These are first time chip offenders.”

You can’t make this stuff up.

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iPhone Knucklecase

Where else can you Kick some ass and check e-mail at the same time?

If you like the iPhone pepper spray case, you’ll probably like the newest iPhone case to hit the market; the brass knuckles iPhone case!

Hey, if you’re like most people you’ve probably searched for an answer to the age old question….How can I fit both, an iPhone and a pair of brass knuckles in the same pocket? After all, who really has enough room for both? Well, in the interest of saving valuable and limited pocket space, some genius decided to combine the two.

The idea sounds cool, doesn’t it? Play some Angry Birds, make a call, check e-mail, then give some punk a nice uppercut to the jaw. Well, unfortunately, the knuckle case fails on all counts. First off, it’s way to bulky to function as a case, and it doesn’t fit very comfortably into your pocket. It’s also difficult to hold in one hand and operate the phone at the same time.

Second, it doesn’t work as a pair of brass knuckles (for starters, it’s made of aluminum) because it’s impossible to grip correctly. Remember, you want the loops to fit snugly and the handle to be supported against the palm of your hand. It’s simply too wide to fit comfortably into your palm to provide any support. You’ll probably be better off just throwing your iPhone at your attacker.

Hey, we applaud the effort. After all, any attempt to help people protect themselves against the scum bags of the world deserves some credit. However, this is nothing more than a novelty and a conversation piece. If you really want to protect yourself, get a real pair of brass knuckles, key-chain pepper spray or a high powered stun gun.

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New Zealand Cops Say No To Self Defense Against Burglars

New Zealand Cops tell residents to submit to burglars

New Zealand - criminals welcome!

You can’t make this stuff up! Cops in New Zealand are actually advising people not to defend themselves in the event of a break in at their homes. They apparently believe that an attempt to defend yourself will result in the burglar getting angry and using the weapon against you. This is complete rubbish! If an intruder breaks into an occupied home, this demonstrates that he is brazen enough to commit a crime when he knows that the homeowner is likely to be there. If he is that bold, he obviously wouldn’t hesitate to do harm to the homeowner, regardless of whether the victim has a weapon or not.

In this situation, using a weapon might be the only opportunity for the homeowner to escape unscathed. The fact that the Cops are advising against self defense is an absolute outrage! What do the cops expect people to do? Wait it out and hope the bad guy doesn’t hurt you? Just pray and rely on the scum bags sympathy and kindness? The naivete of some people is just amazing!

Apparently there have been a rash of burglaries recently and citizens don’t feel completely safe.

We have a monopoly on self defense!

As we’ve said before, you can’t count on the Cops to protect you. They are there to pick up the pieces after a crime has been committed. People need to be responsible for their own self defense. And for the Cops to advise against this is irresponsible!

This quote from Sergeant Jared Thompson of Thames police says it all; “This is not advisable as any weapon lying around the home has the potential to be used by an intruder against the homeowner”.

We are usually never at a loss for words, but we’re speechless!!! Although it is usually never advisable to chase a criminal when they are already in the process of running away, this is completely different. This is a situation where someone is trying to break into your home and cause you harm. How can anyone in a position of authority advise people to refrain from defending yourself?

Our advice to you is to ignore these buffoons and use some common sense. Don’t go looking for trouble, avoid it all costs. But if it finds you, make sure you’re ready to fight it head on!

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Dry Cleaner Foils Robbery


In St. Charles, Mo. criminals better not tangle with a certain clerk at a local dry cleaners. At First Capitol Cleaners an attempted robbery was foiled when the clerk at the cleaners stabbed the suspect. Here is what happened;

At around 1:00 p.m. in broad daylight, the would-be robber entered the St. Charles business and demanded money from the clerk. He lead the clerk to believe that he had a weapon in his jacket, then reached for the register.

The clerk, who didn’t have a firearm or any other self defense products, decided to improvise. He stabbed the robber in the hand with a “seam ripper”. A seam ripper is a small tool used for unpicking stitches in a piece of clothing. It’s a common tool used in the garment industry and apparently dry cleaning businesses as well.

seam ripper

The suspect was last seen running from the store, bleeding profusely, and whimpering like a wounded animal.

The following quote is a description of the suspect; “The suspect is described as a white male, wearing a navy blue hooded sweatshirt, blue jeans and gloves. The suspect concealed his features with a black article of clothing and large sunglasses.”

The things that stand out are “…hooded sweatshirt…” and “…large sunglasses.” Hooded sweatshirts, sunglasses and hats are all great ways for a criminal to conceal their appearance. Just something to look out for.

The next quote from the story wins the award for the understatement of the year; “The suspect may have sustained an injury to his hand during the robbery”. Really? Do ya think?

In any case, this story is a great example of someone thinking on their feet and using whatever is at their disposal as an improvised self defense weapon.

Robber Gets Taken Down By Oven Cleaner

We’ve had a common theme in recent posts; Improvised self defense weapons. Well that theme continues today. In a story out of Utah, some joker attempted to rob a Mexican restaurant but was foiled by an employee armed with oven spray. Click here to read the story.

The Self Defense Weapon of choice

Apparently employees at the El Calor Taqueria Mexican restaurant sprung into action when a gunman arrived Sunday evening at closing time demanding money and extra hot sauce.

There was a struggle and one of the workers sprayed oven cleaning chemicals directly into the robber’s face. He fell to the ground in pain as the cleaning solution caused severe burns to the robber’s face and eyes.

As if the robber wasn’t humiliated enough, he then suffered the indignity of having employees restrain him by sitting on him until police arrived.

Oven spray contains many chemicals which not surprisingly, work well at inflicting pain on unsuspecting scum bags. There are many household items that can be just as effective in taking down a burglar; Raid, ammonia, bleach, WD40, etc.

The number of items that can be used to disable an attacker is only limited by your imagination.

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Teenager uses improvised weapon to fight off a burglar

In the past we’ve written about how improvised self defense weapons can be just as effective as store bought self defense products. Well a Tulsa, Oklahoma teenager demonstrated that concept when he used a decorative sword to fight off a burglar in his home.

Jesse Livingston was in his room at approximately 10:30 pm when he heard what turned out to be a burglar breaking into his home. He grabbed the novelty sword and knocked the intruder over the head and chased him man out of his west Tulsa home.

It just goes to show that during desperate times, almost any object can be used to fight off an attack or robbery. If you’re in a pinch and can’t get to your gun, pepper spray or Taser, you can use just about any household item to fight off an attacker.

For jabbing, any item that is long and cylindrical is ideal like a broom, umbrella, baseball bat or even a novelty sword. Smaller items can be effective as well, such as; A flashlight, rolled up magazine or newspaper, kitchen utensils, fire extinguisher, etc.

Even smaller items that fit into your hand can be very effective; Sharpie pen, DVD case, soda can, coffee cup, bottle or my personal favorite the brim of a baseball cap rolled up. All of these items can be used for jabbing and you should target bony areas of the attacker’s body.

It’s good to remember that an ounce of prevention is a lot easier than fighting off the bad guy. Keep your house well lit and make it appear as if someone is home. Most robbers won’t break in if they think someone is home. Also, deadbolts, a reinforced door frame or a floor type door brace all work well to keep burglars out.

Personal Protection


Recently in Southern California, where I live, there was a serial killer targeting homeless men. His weapon of choice was a knife in these brutal attacks. Thankfully he was apprehended when one of the attacks was witnessed by a good Samaritan, who called police and even risked his own life by chasing the killer.

So, I think in light of this tragedy it’s a good idea to think about personal protection and to review some strategies to fend off a knife wielding attacker. There are many self defense moves that are effective against a knife attack, however the effectiveness will vary depending on the skill level and even the strength of the victim. So I’ll focus on some everyday items that can be used as a shield or blocker to create space between you and the attacker.

Case Study #1

A customer sent me an e-mail a while back and recounted a method his wife used to thwart an attack. She was loading groceries into her vehicle in the parking lot at the local market. She noticed a figure approaching rapidly in her peripheral vision. She had maybe 2 seconds to react so she used the shopping cart to create space between her and the attacker. She held onto the cart and moved it strategically every time he tried approach her. The entire attack lasted about 10 seconds before he realized that she wasn’t going to be an easy target, and he ran off.

Case Study #2

Another similar example was a story I read a few years ago in my local newspaper. A man in his 20’s, was approached by a knife wielding attacker at an ATM machine, who demanded his money. Rather than comply, he removed his tennis shoes and put them on his hands. He used them to protect his hands while he fended off the attack and deflected the knife blows away from his torso. After a few minutes the attacker, gasping from fatigue, ran off with his tail between his legs. The knife actually penetrated the shoes and did cause some minor wounds, but the wounds most likely would have been much more serious had they penetrated his body.

So, what can you do to fend off a knife attack? Obviously there are many self defense products on the market, but what if you are caught off guard and can’t get to your pepper spray? There are two basic categories of improvised items to protect yourself.

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A blocker is any item that is used to create space between you an an attacker. A blocker is usually a large item that requires two hands to use effectively. Some examples include;

  • Shopping Cart
  • Bicycle
  • Large Trash Can
  • Office Chair
  • Or any large item that you can use to keep an attacker from getting close to you.


The number of items that can be used as a shield is endless and only limited by your imagination. A few good possibilities include;

  • A lap top case
  • Purse
  • Hard Cover Book
  • An Open Umbrella
  • Picture Frame
  • Garbage Can Lid
  • Card Board Box
  • Waste Basket
  • Tennis Shoes

An attacker is likely to approach quickly, while you aren’t paying attention, so you won’t have a lot of time to plan. You’ll have to improvise with whatever items are within easy reach. Remember, he’ll want to act fast without attracting attention, so your goal is to buy time. The longer the attack takes, the better your chances of survival. So the idea behind a shield is simple; use it to block the knife or to keep some distance between you and the knife.

Self Defense Weapons

There are several great options for the average person to use for their own personal protection; pepper spray, taser, stun gun, kubaton, pocket knife, or even an expanding steel baton. But what about people that don’t have any store bought self defense products? What can they use to protect themselves in the event of an attack?

Well, there are a few options available to people that are left unprepared and unready to defend themselves.

A great self defense weapon is a flashlight. The best one is the Mag-lite because it’s heavy duty metal construction and it hurts like hell when you get hit with one. Most people carry a flashlight in their car, if you don’t you should. The 9″ is a little shorter and lighter, therefore easier for a woman to wield effectively. The 12″ model is larger and heavier and can be use by man or women with stronger forearms. The small 6″ Mag-lite can be carried in a purse or on a key-chain and can be use as a kubotan to jab vulnerable points of an attacker’s body.

Rolled up newspaper
If you are desperate for something and have to fashion a weapon very quickly, a rolled up newspaper or magazine might be a viable option. It can be used to jab at an attacker’s throat or other vulnerable points just like the kubotan. It does have some disadvantages; 1) If not rolled up tightly enough, it won’t be sturdy enough to do any damage. 2) It’s likely to unfurl after the first strike, so make sure the first one counts. This is a last resort weapon, and should only be used when every other option, including flight, else has been exhausted.

A roll of coins
A roll of quarters in a closed fist can significantly increase the power of a blow. It will add weight, and power to a punch and the attacker will drop feebly to his knees if done properly. For a women, a roll of dimes will fit more comfortably into the hand. Just as effective as brass knuckles, but legal to possess.

Car keys
Keys can be used to gouge an attacker’s eyes. Much like the rolled up newspaper, this should only be used as a lase resort. It’s probably easier to simply gouge the eyes with your fingers.

A ring
A ring with a raised stone or intricate design with sharp edges can cause significant damage if used to punch or a back-handed slap.

A cane or walking stick
Can be used to jab or to take down an opponent by sweeping his feet out from under him. However, the use of a cane or walking stick usually requires considerable training to be used effectively.

Several other options include, rocks, bottles, hairspray or any object found in a women’s purse or on the ground.

The bottom line is that there are many options that can be used as a makeshift weapon, but each of them has it’s drawbacks and without training or practice could be useless. In a fight or flight situation flight is always best. However, if your life is on the line it’s good to know that there are several options available as self defense weapons.

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