Close call? in Richmond this past week.
I was up in central VA this past week hanging out with some good friends before we all headed back to college. Well one night (I forget which night exactly) we had run out of things to do for cheap, then one of my friends mentioned going to see a $2 movie at the Byrd (an old movie theater in Richmond). I am not a fan of Richmond at night, but the theater is in one of the nicest parts of the city so I figured it would be okay.
Well the person driving messed up and accidentally parked in a parking garage 3 blocks from the theater instead of the garage right next to the theater. Long story short we were late for the movie and none of us had cash, they didn't take cards, and the nearest atm was 3 blocks back next to the parking garage. We decided to forget the movie and go get coffee. On the way back I notice a shady character across the street as well as another shady character on a bike that was riding up and down the street.
I went to !ALERT! when I realized this 300lbs thug gentlemen across the street watching us as we walked. My gf and our 2 friends were oblivious to all of this:aargh4: Then I went to HIGH ALERT when he started across the street towards us. My hand instantly went into my pocket and my instincts are yelling something is seriously wrong with this picture. At this point we aren't really in the well traffic-ed part of the street--we are on the "quieter" end. I placed myself between my gf and the guy walking up.
I made sure he knew I was watching everything he did as he walked up. As he got within 10ft he smiled at me and produce an index card with something scribbled on it. This is where I made a HUGE tactical mistake--something that goes against all of my training... He handed me the card and with my left hand I took it (naturaly reaction i guess). My right hand was still tightly gripped to my 642 in my front pocket. I knew what the card said without even reading it--something about being "deaf" and needing money. :rolleyes: I sort of flicked the card back at him and kept walking (we were walking forward the whole time).
The card fell on the ground and my friend decided to be nice and pick it up for him and hand it back. As I watched this I noticed the shady character on the bike about a mile back on our side of the street riding on the sidewalk straight for us. My adrenalin was already pumping a little bit as I realized what a stupid move taking that card was and how sketchy the whole situation was.
We kept walking and I purposefully kept turning around and making eye contact with the guy on the bike that was approaching from behind. I geuss this scared him a little bit and he picked up the pace to pass. We let him, but he started to slow back down when he got a bout 100 feet ahead of us.
We "accidentally" miss our turn to the parking garage. (It was not an accident. My friends were just oblivous to all around them and I didn't want this guy behind us as we headed down a poor lit section to the parking garage so I purposefully 'missed' the turn.) As soon as the guy was ahead of us enough I made an immediate right turn across an empty parking lot to get back to the parking garage and I double timed it back to the garage--which forced my friends to speed up to...though they had no clue why "why are you walking so fast!?"
As we were getting in the car (I am still on high alert) I notice the guy on the bike had turned around and was now looking around the parking lot that we had crossed over...
My instincts are seldom wrong and they were going "SOMETHING IS WRONG HERE" the entire time. I have a feeling we were targeted the other night. The sad thing is that my gf and friends were oblivious to the entire situation...and I know my gf comes up to Richmond a couple times a month to go shopping/eating. :aargh4: