At a circle K tonight......road rage turned to armed roberery...kind of
so this is how it goes down. your traveling home from the mall at 9PM and take a random exit off the I-10 in phoenix looking for a cup of coffee. That random exit was Broadway. we travel north about 2 blocks and see a circle K on the corner. It is on the South west corner. This is now Broadway and Priest. We park in the handicap location right by the door as my wife does not walk well. So we go in with our 6 year old daughter with us to get coffee. they enter the store and a truck dodge ram comes tires squealing up to the red light in the center lane coming from the West on Priest. The two Hispanic 20 somethings start yelling at a small white datson looking pick up in the far right lane toward the curb. I hear it first then keep watching. the small white truck turns the corner and the larger truck fallows tired spinning. the smaller truck travels another 15 feet and turns into the circle K parking lot. the bigger truck fallows. the larger truck then cuts off the smaller truck and they both stop right behind where we parked. No way to get out. so, to the back of the store is where I direct my wife and told Jaz (Jazlyn) to stay right by here mom. by that time the 2 20 somethings in the larger truck have gotten out and started smashing the windshield with a pair of nunchucks. I tell the counter guy to call 911 as he has a road rage indecent happening right outside his front door. His response? "Oh really?" and he goes to look. no phone. :aargh4: So I head to the back with my wife and child. he comes back from gauking and calls to report it. 2 more minutes and I peek out. They are not behind out truck anymore so I assume they have both left. we head out. as we reach the door I see the smaller truck by the pumps and ageist the brick wall, windshield smashed. The larger truck is at the pumps ahead of the other truck. I see 3 people in the lot talking animated. one older guy and 2 younger ones in white tank tops. We make it to our truck and get the two of them inside. as I am walking to the drivers door the three pass by. The overheard conversation was that the small white truck did a hit and run. That is why he was being chased. the two tank top guys were escorting him into the circle K so he could get $300 out of his account and give it to them.
That to me sounds 100% like armed robbery. two 20 year old guys, one armed with the nunchucks he broke out the windshield with, vs a 40ish year old guy. hit and run or not.
my decision, leave the area, relay what was over heard and seen to the police.
all the time I had my XD40sc with me and in my holster. I thought about drawing it when they screeched into the lot in case they were coming inside. I decided to wait and see. I am glad I did. while small truck guy was in danger of serious bodily injury or death, my family was not. they were out of the line of fire and behind cover if they two groups came to that. during what I saw as an armed robery I was not inclined to get involve eather. my priority is my family. sorry for him, I hope the police showed up in time. We left.
my hindsite it was a mistake to go out the door with out looking around first. BUT, they were going in as we were out by 10 feet so we would have been stuck in the middle of it if we stayed.