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They tell me city life is dangerous...

Holy crap, you guys. A girl was just mugged on our block, and there is blood on our stoop.

She lives in my building, in apartment 17. She was walking home from Lunds with a friend, carrying kitty litter and Tide liquid laundry detergent.

mattador and I were watching LOST, and we heard screaming for help and another woman shouting "let her go." We got up, looked out the window, and didn't see anything except two women standing in the lawn. We discussed briefly calling the cops, but they didn't seem to be in any continued danger so we decided against.

A few minutes later, I saw flashing lights against the kitchen wall. We got up, looked out the window and saw a fire truck, an ambulance, and a police car. The women were back outside, so we shut off the sound, paused the episode, and opened the window to try and hear. There were six people I could see. Two paramedics, two police, and the two women. We watched one woman walk to the ambulance, holding her arm which was visibly broken.

We decided to go outside and "smoke" aka get the scoop. In the hallway, we met our neighbor Kyle from across the hall, and our neighbor Aaron from downstairs. Then we learned that she had been mugged, and that we should avoid the front stoop.

We went around the back, and talked amongst ourselves for awhile before I went to talk to the police. Evidently they had just been walking home, and the man that mugged them had been following them. He was wearing dark clothes and was about 5'9". When they crossed the bike-path he grabbed her left arm and twisted it behind her. It's not clear whether her arm was broken while she struggled to get away or because she fell after he let go. Still, there was a fair bit of blood spattered on the concrete.

I don't know much else, besides that our upstairs neighbor, Faith, so the man run away towards the transit station. I don't know whether he actually succeeded in stealing anything, but I do know our neighbor from 17 will be okay, though shaken and with her dominant arm broken.

It's so bizarre, especially when I think about the fact that I've walked home alone so many times even later at night... and she was mugged at 8:30 p.m. while walking with a friend. I have seen a shady character skulking around the shadows in our alley, and I told the cops about him... and hopefully they'll be patroling more. I really felt this was a safe neighborhood, and it blows my mind that this happened.

Needless to say, I'm really glad I took Tae Kwon Do for five years... and that I have at least 2 pounds of metal on my 12-inch-choke-collar keychain.

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Dec. 18th, 2006 03:28 am (UTC)
holy shit. stay safe you *hugs like whoa* I'm really glad that she's going to be okay.
Dec. 18th, 2006 03:41 am (UTC)
Yeah... minus the broken arm. =/

I'll be safe. Trust me, anyone comes near me... I will fucking kill them if necessary. At the very least, I will give them a significant wound that will incriminate them.
Dec. 18th, 2006 03:53 am (UTC)
Good post. At night we usually have high-powered alloy luxeon flashlights on us that weigh around 5-7 lbs. Haven't had to use them yet, but have still developed a certain 'flash-n-bash' method' to self-defense.
Dec. 18th, 2006 08:00 am (UTC)
I definitely endorse that type of behavior. I've often reflected on the potential for mag-lights to double as nightsticks.
Dec. 18th, 2006 04:15 am (UTC)
I'm totally with you on the whole so glad I take self defense and mma stuff. but aas, I am also 5'10" and look like she-hulk in the dark...

but dude, the snow makes em crazy.
Dec. 18th, 2006 07:58 am (UTC)
There isn't even any snow! It don't make no sense!

Also, lmfao @ she-hulk. I am 135 lbs, 5'6... so I look vulnerable but I'm trained, I'm irritable, and I'm from Irish and Sicilian stock. I am not someone to trifle with.
Dec. 18th, 2006 05:52 pm (UTC)
i'm a giant nordic irish girl who will burst into muscle if i even look/ at a barbell.

dude...no snow?! in mn?! wtf indeed
Dec. 18th, 2006 04:33 am (UTC)
oh man! that sucks so badly for #17. :( I would never be able to live in the same apartment again knowing that the mugger was still out there. :O!! I hope she's okay.
Dec. 18th, 2006 07:52 am (UTC)
See, I had a guy try to steal my bag off me in broad daylight once... but it was on Lake St. (which is notorious for shady folk) and I smacked him in the face with my keys and he ran off.

I... let's ust say I can take care of me and mine. I half wish I had been out there. I would've ran after him and thrown down some beatings.
Dec. 18th, 2006 05:50 am (UTC)
Oh man, that sounds scary. I'm glad you're ok and that your neighbor will be. :(
Dec. 18th, 2006 07:24 am (UTC)
Shit like this makes me want to dress up in Spandex and kick the everliving feces out of hoodlums.
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Dec. 18th, 2006 08:04 pm (UTC)
I can come there and make some shit go down, Bryman! Don't think I won't!

[Actually... go ahead and assume I won't. 'Cause... Ohio. *shudder*]
Dec. 18th, 2006 04:10 pm (UTC)
Oh man, that's scary! I'm so sorry for your neighbor! Hope she's feeling better soon.
Dec. 18th, 2006 05:09 pm (UTC)
Eesh that is scary. I have to walk through a huge empty parking lot every night in Camden, NJ which has the highest crime rate of any city in the US. That's always fun.
Dec. 18th, 2006 08:02 pm (UTC)
Plz for to be telling me you are packing heat when you do this? At least mace?
Dec. 18th, 2006 09:49 pm (UTC)
That's very scary actually. Although it's also how I feel now about Newark. I thought it was fairly safe and suburban and such, but not now with the serial rapist still wandering around.

I hope the catch the guy or at least he stays away from your area now! Be careful!
Dec. 19th, 2006 02:57 am (UTC)
AHHHHHH SCARY! Glad you have ninja skills.
Dec. 19th, 2006 03:52 am (UTC)
Oh my God! How scary :\ I'm glad she's okay, though.
Dec. 21st, 2006 03:39 am (UTC)
well shit, sounds like someone just didn't know what he was doing... i hope she's ok and I'm glad you're ok, but I bet it was a one time thing. I mean, that early in that neighborhood and she wasn't loaded down with expensive shit?issues.
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