CT man thwarts robbery by unloading their weapon


February 14, 2003, 12:17 PM

A Sizable Risk Pays Off For Target Of Stickup
He Keeps His Money By Facing Down An Armed Teen

February 13, 2003
By CHRISTINE DEMPSEY, Courant Staff Writer

MANCHESTER -- Staring down the barrel of a rifle Tuesday night, Richard Jarvis had three choices: hand over his cash, run - or risk taking a stand.

Jarvis took a stand.

As the cursing, 18-year-old robber demanded his money, Jarvis took out his wallet, looked at the $120 inside and said: "I ain't giving it to you."

Then Jarvis, 42, a target-shooter, grabbed the rifle and tried to remove its ammunition. "I just disarmed your gun," he said calmly.

The teenager, who had emerged from a nearby car with another person, pulled the gun away and swung the sawed-off .22-caliber rifle like a bat, said Jarvis. He bobbed and swayed in an attempt to avoid being hit, he said, but was hit a few times anyway.

As the robber tried again to get off a shot, Jarvis said, he gave him and his friend a warning.

He, too, had a gun.

Backing away toward his vehicle, the teenager again tried to pull the trigger, Jarvis said.

"I wasn't going to give him a second chance. That's when I pulled my piece and fired."

Bullets from Jarvis' .380-caliber Colt pistol shattered the windows of the Honda Passport his two assailants had come from. One struck the shoulder of a 14-year-old boy who was accompanying the gunman. The wound was minor, police said later.

Both young men bolted, but were quickly captured by Officers Aaron Calkins and Anthony Palombizio, who had responded to a report of shots fired in front of the Millbridge Hollow condominium on Prospect Street at about 11:15 p.m.

A third suspect, who Jarvis said was apparently inside a second vehicle, was apprehended later in New Britain, with help from that city's police force.

The older of the two suspects were identified by police as Pastor Guzman, 18, of 154 Malikowski Circle, New Britain, and Juan Gomez, 16, of 186 Malikowski Circle. They are scheduled to appear in Manchester Superior Court today.

The 14-year-old was not identified because of his age. He was transferred to a juvenile detention center.

Guzman, who police said was armed with the rifle, was charged with criminal attempt to commit first-degree robbery, criminal attempt to commit first-degree assault, first-degree larceny by possession, second-degree larceny, conspiracy to commit third-degree larceny, risk of injury to a minor, possession of a weapon in a motor vehicle and interfering with police said. He was held on $500,000 bail.

Gomez was charged with conspiracy to commit first-degree robbery, third-degree larceny, third-degree burglary and risk of injury to a minor. He was held on $250,000 bail.

The 14-year-old was charged with conspiracy to commit first-degree robbery, second-degree larceny and conspiracy to commit third-degree larceny.

Police said Jarvis had a valid permit for the handgun and would not be charged with any crime.

They also said they would never recommend that anyone try to resist an armed holdup. As one officer put it: "Comply, comply, comply."

Jarvis, bruised and cut but upbeat, sat on a couch in his Manchester home Wednesday and said he wasn't afraid when the gunman nearly thrust the rifle in his mouth.

"I had to look at him and evaluate my situation," said Jarvis, who is unemployed. "I said, `Dude, you picked the wrong guy.'"

"There is no possible way I am letting these punks take my wallet," he said. "My mother didn't raise me to be a sissy."

Despite some law enforcers' opinions that Jarvis' actions were risky and dangerous, Jarvis said he has no regrets. He'd do it again, he said.

"I'm not going to let these people ruin my life," he said. "They're just terrorists to me."

Heard an interview with him on the radio today. He said it was a tube fed semi auto and he reached out and pulled the spring. He didn't mention anything about the one in the chamber but from the sound of it they didn't have one in the chamber. He refused to be robbed as he was unemployed and that 120 bucks ment allot to him, amoung other reasons I am sure. He fired with his 380 at the one in the car becuase they had a plastic handgun (he didn't know it was plastic). He said he only carried 3 rounds in his 380 becuase he was worried about the spring wearing out. They took of running and he went chasing them. When they got ahead he decided to go back to one of their cars that was still there (one car had already taken off with one of the suspects). Both cars were stolen. He took the keys out of the car and put them in his pocked. Then he buzzed his girlfriends appartment from the entrance and told her to call the cops. They were already on the way from other people reporting shots fired. As he was outside of the appartment the scum returned and were fishing around for the keys as the cops pulled up.

There also appears to be some errors in the article it say one suspect had the sawed of, then a second got out of the car and hit him with and a third was driving that car and a forth was in another car but it says there was only 3 people involved. From Mr Jarvis's interview it seems the driver of the car was the one with the rifle and came around the car via the back. The second person in the pasanger seat was the one with a fake gun. The first person was the one who hit him with the rifle the second was the one who got shot. The 3 person fleed in the seperate car and was not involved in the altercation and was latter found at their house. The first two were the ones that could not escape after fleeing as he had their car keys (a great move if you ask me).

I will give him that he had allot of guts but only carrying 3 rounds in his 380 seams a little silly.

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February 14, 2003, 02:45 PM
They guy was very lucky to pull a stunt off that way and survive. He took unacceptable risks and should have immediately gone on the offensive to diffuse the situation instead of playing games.

Again...lucky guy.

Good Shooting

February 14, 2003, 03:13 PM
but I would have just acted like I was pulling my wallet out and shot the guy then and there......chris3

Standing Wolf
February 14, 2003, 09:37 PM
As well as I can discern, he's a gutsy, probably somewhat foolhardy individual. In a similar situation, I'd just have given the punk two warning shots to the chest, two more to the head.

4v50 Gary
February 14, 2003, 09:44 PM
Huevos Grande:cool:

February 14, 2003, 09:48 PM
Hard to play armchair prosecutor after the fact. Maybe if the victim opened up immediatey on the perps he'd get crucified for 'murdering' these 'mis-guided children'. The fact that he tried to disarm them first probably worked in his favour.

Also, I found the phrase "Comply"-"Comply"-"Comply" rather interesting. Or how about, "Complied"-"Complied"-"Complied". That would look appropriate on a headstone somewhere ...

February 14, 2003, 09:57 PM
yeah heard this on stern this morning, he was telling the story and i was about to crap myself when he was talking about only carrying 3 rounds because carrying anymore would damage the mag..... i don't know of any mag spring that's worth my life...

it was funny when robin kept asking him well why do you carry a gun.... i think his final answer was something like, well im a target shooter.... i don't think he's though that one through yet....

howard was so impressed he gave the guy, a watch, 500 cash a ski vacation and something else....

great interview though....

February 14, 2003, 10:29 PM
It's like we say in racing, I'd rather be lucky than good. That guy was lucky.

Double Naught Spy
February 14, 2003, 11:09 PM
So Standing Wolf, in a similar situation, how could you have given two warning shot to the chest and then two shots to the head? They gun only had three rounds on him. ;)

Well, no doubt the guy got lucky. All that counts is that he survived, but given all the stuff he did during the confrontation, any number of those things could have been what caused him to not be successful.

For a life threatening situation, he was very slow to bring his gun into the battle. With such a poor understanding regarding how his gun works (spring compression issues), he is hugely lucky he didn't need more ammo.

Bob Locke
February 15, 2003, 12:51 AM
Another illustration of why I carry my piece tucked behind my wallet IWB. And why I practice bringing it out instead of my billfold.

This guy was lucky, and I'm glad he's okay. Not sure I would have done things the same way, but there's a happy ending.

My guess is that very few of us actually know how we'll react in this sort of situation until we're in the middle of one. I think about them from time to time, but I still don't REALLY know.

February 15, 2003, 03:24 AM
This gentleman knew what he was doing; and he carried out his plan. My plan might have been different, but his plan worked.

The police made their usual "be sheep" comment, and should be ashamed; the encouraging of criminals is never to be tolerated. The concept of complying with a criminal act is hideous!

Maybe we could collect a couple bucks and buy this man a spare magazine or two. Then he won't have to worry about springs.

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