Armed robber hit by SUV


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Beren
August 25, 2005, 03:54 PM
Great. Now when I hit an armed thief with my car, people will ask me "why didn't you just wing him with your mirror?"

http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/tribune-review/trib/tribeast/s_366856.html

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A gunman who robbed a Pleasant Hills restaurant early Tuesday and pistol-whipped an employee was then struck by a vehicle heading toward the drive-through window, police said.

There were no serious injuries reported in the incident that began about 4:40 a.m. when the gunman entered the Steak-n-Shake on Route 51, said Pleasant Hills police Chief Floyd Nevling.

There were no customers in the restaurant, which is open round-the-clock, Nevling said. The gunman confronted the 28-year-old man and 19-year-old woman who were working in the restaurant and forced them at gunpoint to the office where the safe is.

The gunman put a small automatic handgun to the back of the man's head, ordered him to open the safe in 30 seconds and began counting backward, Nevling said. The employee, who did not know the combination, swung around to knock the gun from his head.

The gunman hit the man on the side of the head with the gun, ordered the two co-workers to empty three cash registers into a blue pillowcase and then put the pair in the restaurant cooler, Nevling said.

As the gunman was leaving the store, a customer approached the drive-through and tried to place an order. The male employee, who was wearing a headset, kept saying, "Please help us. We're being robbed," Nevling said.

The robber walked outside, saw the sport utility vehicle in the drive-through lane and pointed his gun at the 21-year-old driver. The customer drove the SUV forward and the mirror knocked the gunman to the ground.

The gunman limped to a nearby car, which was last seen speeding off on Route 51, Nevling said. It was not known whether another person was waiting in the car.

The robber was described as a young black man, thin, about 6-feet tall and wearing a red tassel cap and a stocking over his face that he lifted after walking out of the restaurant. He was wearing a navy blue jacket, black pants, dark-colored work boots and brown work gloves.

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Hawkmoon
August 25, 2005, 04:30 PM
Lesson for the SUV driver: "Use enough mirror"

dasmi
August 25, 2005, 04:32 PM
The robber walked outside, saw the sport utility vehicle in the drive-through lane and pointed his gun at the 21-year-old driver. The customer drove the SUV forward and the mirror knocked the gunman to the ground.
Front sight!!
Come on, you could've done better than that.

Preacherman
August 25, 2005, 04:40 PM
The fact that he was hit by the SUV's mirror is obviously a reflection on the aim of the driver...

:neener:

DelayedReaction
August 25, 2005, 04:47 PM
What? No reverse?

Henry Bowman
August 25, 2005, 05:00 PM
wearing a red tassel cap and a stocking over his face If he had jumped onto a miniature bike or Mustang, I'd say we were look in for a Shriner! :neener:

NineseveN
August 25, 2005, 05:19 PM
Posted this on my blog last night. I lived right up from there until this past July when I moved out to Johnstown. Lucky for the perp it wasn't me lookin for a tasty burger at S&S and finding a goof with a gun pointed at me. I'm usually pretty much armed to the teeth.

I agree though, the driver had poor aim.

BryanP
August 25, 2005, 05:25 PM
I'm confused. I've heard of a deflection shot, but this is the first time I've heard of a reflection shot. :neener:

TallPine
August 25, 2005, 05:59 PM
anything worth running over once is worth running over again

:p

Alex45ACP
August 25, 2005, 06:48 PM
Shoulda put it in reverse :)

Standing Wolf
August 25, 2005, 09:56 PM
Where the robber meets the road.

Alex45ACP
August 25, 2005, 10:11 PM
^ LOL! :D

MachIVshooter
August 25, 2005, 10:30 PM
Bumpers/grilles work way better than side mirrors. Musta been a liberal driving :p .

Ky Larry
August 25, 2005, 10:57 PM
Diane and Ted just issued a press release calling for a complete ban on private ownership of assault mirrors.

FRIENDLY
August 25, 2005, 11:14 PM
I dont know about the steak but he certainly got the shake.

NineseveN
August 26, 2005, 01:21 AM
Diane and Ted just issued a press release calling for a complete ban on private ownership of assault mirrors.

LMAO!

birddog
August 26, 2005, 10:31 AM
It is said that good and noble men have a broad world view.

I guess the scumbags just get the side view.

Janitor
August 26, 2005, 10:45 AM
Has anyone done a study on the stopping power of different mirror calibers?

TallPine
August 26, 2005, 12:37 PM
Has anyone done a study on the stopping power of different mirror calibers?
Well, personally - I would go with one of those big tubular four-point mount mirrors that fold either in or out, but those have a tendency to do more damage to the flimsy door they are attached to than anything else.

I once had a 2-ton truck with those trailer-toter mirrors that had a piece of telescoping square tubing running clear across the top of the cab. Now that is an assualt mirror ;)

However, never bring a side mirror to a grill guard fight :p

armedandsafe
August 26, 2005, 02:42 PM
Upon sober reflection, I am convinced you guys are all nuts. Glad to be in such company. :D

Pops

Janitor
August 26, 2005, 02:48 PM
I would go with one of those big tubular four-point mount mirrors ...
Sometimes I carry a small one in my hip pocket. You know - your always there, mouse mirror.

MechAg94
August 26, 2005, 03:52 PM
OBJECTS IN MIRROR ARE CLOSER THAN THEY APPEAR.

Need to upgrade to the Leopold mirror.


I am thinking of steel reinforcing my mirrors now. I mean, I would rather have them and not need them than need them and not have them.

:D

artherd
August 26, 2005, 04:31 PM
Another assault mirror owner here. Ford makes 'em big and heavy on the F250. They're even equiped with collapsing stocks!

You know, nobody really needs a heated, lighted, ajustable telescoping stocked mirror to see deer behind them.

rritter
August 26, 2005, 04:42 PM
The flimsy door is definitely the weak point for the four-point mount mirrors. I had a 750cc MotoGuzzi motorcycle in college. One night, while it was parked on the street, I heard a crash followed by the sound of glass shards tinkling onto the roadway. I rushed outside, convinced I was going to find my bike destroyed. Instead, I found it sitting comfortably on its sidestand, with the remains of a four-point-mount mirror dangling from the end of the handlebars. The only damage to the bike was that its left-side mirror had been rotated 90 degrees forward.

I rotated the mirror stalk back to where it should be, discarded the four-point mirror, and the next day painted a small black pickup truck on the side of the gas tank. :D

Janitor
August 26, 2005, 05:01 PM
I rotated the mirror stalk back to where it should be, discarded the four-point mirror, and the next day painted a small black pickup truck on the side of the gas tank.
I've not got the command of the language that I'd like, but whatever word is beyond cool - Well ... that applies here.

LaVere
August 26, 2005, 05:21 PM
I would never use anything smaller than .45 mirror

Otherguy Overby
August 26, 2005, 05:49 PM
LaVere: I would never use anything smaller than .45 mirror

Yeah, I can understand, but what about backups?

What would be your minimum acceptable caliber for your BUM mirror?

Would a mouse mirror be okay?

IOW, a BUMM mirror?

But what if you really weren't sure?

That would be a BUMMER

Ky Larry
August 26, 2005, 06:06 PM
LaVere, eeryone knows that mirror velocity is far more important that mirror caliber. :neener:

Otherguy Overby
August 27, 2005, 12:47 PM
Many people are aware that: "Objects in mirror may be closer than they appear"

So when using a mirror in self defense, mirror placement is more important.

Tylden
August 27, 2005, 01:59 PM
I'm waiting to see if the BG sues the automobile manufacturer for providing the driver with a deadly weapon. We really should ban SUV's....those things can kill people ! At least my car was built by a "responsible" manufacturer....the mirrors fold up against the door if it hits something.

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