What’s interesting about this case is that this good guy with a gun would have been the armed robber’s second victim. The first victim wasn’t armed, and the robber stole $900 in cash from him at gunpoint. But not all citizens are alike. The robber’s second attempt at scoring some cash could have been deadly. But instead, the robber basically just dropped his gun and took off running. The police eventually caught up with him and threw him in jail. The Sun Sentinel reported:
A man trying to rob another man at gunpoint had the tables turned on him when the victim pulled out his own gun, according to a Delray Beach police arrest report.
The robbery attempt happened in the 2000 block of Southwest 12th Court on Dec. 5.
The victim ran to a security guard and said a man, later identified as Ben-Belarrio Ulysse, 28, of Lantana, pointed a gun at him. The victim said he then pulled out his own gun because he was in fear for his life, according to the report.
The victim told deputies Ulysse initially got on the ground, but jumped up and ran, leaving the gun, a .38-caliber revolver, behind.
Another man in the area, who said Ulysse also held a gun to his neck and stole about $900, said he recognized Ulysse because Ulysse frequently walks around the area.
Ulysse was arrested Saturday and booked into Palm Beach County Jail where he is being held in lieu of $30,000 bail. He faces robbery and three aggravated assault charges.
Is there any reason that people shouldn’t carry a firearm? Just look what happened. The first guy had no choice but to comply with the demands of the robber. The second guy was armed and prepared, and he took action. He could have shot the guy, but in the split-second encounter, he obviously chose not to. Either way, the armed citizen was able to defend his own life and his wealth, and the bad guy’s behind bars. At least for now.