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Drizzt
April 29, 2005, 10:14 AM
Victims foil robbery attempt

Targets of home invasion disarm, restrain robbers

Web posted Friday, April 29, 2005
By Greg Rickabaugh | Staff Writer

Two gun-toting teenagers were attacked and disarmed by the gutsy targets of a home invasion who refused to be victims, a Richmond County sheriff's official said Thursday.

The home invasion occurred at 11 p.m. Wednesday on Raymond Avenue, off Wrightsboro Road near Daniel Field.

The victims struggled with the robbers, stripped away their weapons and beat them as they pleaded, "Let us go. We're poor," according to Richmond County sheriff's Sgt. Scott Peebles.

Investigators are still searching for the robbers, who fled the house unarmed.

Sgt. Peebles said he does not usually recommend fighting with anyone who has a gun.

"I think it was risky, but obviously effective," he said.

The sergeant gave the following account of the failed home invasion:

Christina Watson and Melanie Sternberg had four guests at their home when two teens approached their porch, showed a rifle and a handgun and ordered them all inside.

In the kitchen, the robbers demanded their cell phones.

That's when guest Jason Lamberth, 22, began struggling with the handgun-toting robber.

Then Lawson Landrum, 19, smacked the man in the back with a shovel and disarmed him.

Elliot Rose, 22, took on the man with the rifle, grabbing the weapon with one hand and punching him in the face with the other.

Garrett Jones, 20, jumped in and tried to take the rifle, which eventually broke. The men then hit the robber in the face and groin.

That's when the two teens began yelling at the group to let them go. "Stop hitting me. I'm poor," the robber was quoted by the victims as saying.

Sgt. Peebles said the handgun was not loaded and the invaders got away with the portion of the rifle that carries ammunition. He said the men who fought the robbers were lucky.

"They knew what their abilities were and felt confident they could defend themselves," Sgt. Peebles said.

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sturmruger
April 29, 2005, 10:59 AM
Now that is what I call a happy ending.

Flashpoint
April 29, 2005, 11:11 AM
Good for them!
I hope those "poor" deliquents learn there lesson and go find a job to keep them out of trouble.

IF that happened more often two things would happen.

1. There would be less poeple willing to risk putting there life on the line to try to rob someone for a few bucks.

2. The one that are willing to do so would be the crazy/dangerous type.

Andrew Rothman
April 29, 2005, 11:15 AM
Heh. They don't sound much like victims to me! (Hey, that ain't a sheep! It's a sheepdog!)

Evil_Ed
April 29, 2005, 11:46 AM
Can you imagine the conversation back at the hideout/street corner/ clubhouse after that??

Thug Buddy: "Hey guys, how'd the home invasion go?... OMG! Are you ok, what happened to your FACE???"

Home Invaders: "Well...ummmm...uh... we had our guns taken away from us and got beat down with them. ow..."

Thug Buddy: "BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!! (Falls on floor crying because he is laughing so hard)..... BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!! (This goes on for awhile...you get the picture)... "

I imagine that Homie 1 & 2 will forever be known for getting totally pwn3d by their "victims."

kbheiner7
April 29, 2005, 11:59 AM
THR is filled with victims fighting back this week - AWESOME! I sincerely wish that spirit would spread like wildfire.

LiquidTension
April 29, 2005, 12:15 PM
What made these idiots think that 3:1 odds were good? Natural selection at its finest....

dasmi
April 29, 2005, 12:18 PM
That's when guest Jason Lamberth, 22, began struggling with the handgun-toting robber.

Then Lawson Landrum, 19, smacked the man in the back with a shovel and disarmed him.

Elliot Rose, 22, took on the man with the rifle, grabbing the weapon with one hand and punching him in the face with the other.

Garrett Jones, 20, jumped in and tried to take the rifle, which eventually broke. The men then hit the robber in the face and groin.

Oh man. That gives me a warm fuzzy feeling. Especially the guy getting hit with the shovel.


The victims struggled with the robbers, stripped away their weapons and beat them as they pleaded, "Let us go. We're poor," according to Richmond County sheriff's Sgt. Scott Peebles.

Oh boohoo. Lots of people are poor, they don't break into people's homes with guns.

El Tejon
April 29, 2005, 12:43 PM
Now the Brady Center will cite this as evidence of how ineffective guns are. :D

Hit with a shovel? How did this not transpire in Indiana?

Edmond
April 29, 2005, 12:58 PM
I thought they would just hit 'em with a banjo in Indiana? :D

birddog
April 29, 2005, 01:00 PM
I've been led to believe that you shouldn't defend yourself with a shovel because -- statistically speaking -- you're liable to have it taken away and used against you.

Who knew?

:evil:

KnightHawk67
April 29, 2005, 02:01 PM
Using an empty gun in a robbery is about as dumb as it gets. I guess they were so poor they didn't think the victim might have his/her own LOADED weapon?

Geez, brainpower like that is simply amazing (that it keeps them breathing at all).

Mac Attack
April 29, 2005, 02:41 PM
You gotta love Georgia! :rolleyes: :D

Henry Bowman
April 29, 2005, 02:43 PM
But was it a licensed and registered shovel???

Standing Wolf
April 29, 2005, 04:18 PM
"Let us go. We're poor..."
"Stop hitting me. I'm poor..."

So are lots of other people. So what?

Preacherman
April 29, 2005, 08:07 PM
Hit him with a shovel? Does that mean that he just got spade? :D

dasmi
April 29, 2005, 08:08 PM
Hit him with a shovel? Does that mean that he just got spade?

:barf: :barf: :barf:

Tom Servo
April 29, 2005, 08:13 PM
I love living in Georgia. Funny thing is, that sort of response is kind of matter-of-fact around here.

Fact #1: Everybody around here has a gun, and we're used to them. therefore...

Fact #2: Intimidation by firearm doesn't impress most folks.

This isn't some fancy Blue state, where somebody can just point a gun held sideways and make folks wet their pants on cue :)

The_Antibubba
April 30, 2005, 11:44 PM
Eric F,

I'm impressed not just by the response of the "victims", but by the attitudes of the police officers and even the writer of the article. Wow.


"Poor"? I'll bet he has a wealth of aches and pains. :D

Quintin Likely
May 1, 2005, 11:40 AM
Serves them right. This is the Great State of Georgia...what, did they think this was England or something? :scrutiny:

:D

MikeIsaj
May 1, 2005, 10:21 PM
Who keeps a shovel in their kitchen?

TallPine
May 2, 2005, 10:49 AM
Who keeps a shovel in their kitchen?
Someone with a big appetite ...?

:D

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