Almost got robbed at the ATM on Friday... Almost.

Almost got robbed at the ATM on Friday... Almost.

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    Thumbs up Almost got robbed at the ATM on Friday... Almost.

    My buddy with whom I train Krav and a couple other self defense techniques had a fight last Friday at a casino here in STL. After I got off work, I had to go to the nearerst PNC bank location that was by my work. I don't really like paying ATM fees, so if the distance to the nearest free ATM can be justified, I am going there.

    I work in an area of town that isn't really what I'd call "dangerous" or anything, but it's also not the suburbs by any stretch of the imagination. All the same, I always carry concealed practically everywhere I go. While it isn't as dangerous as North St. Louis, it's close enough (North County) that I am always aware of my surroundings.

    So Friday I went to the PNC near me and made sure my G33 was chambered and ready to go, tucked outside my seatbelt just like always. As I pulled up to the ATM, I noticed a pretty junky car behind me with two... err.. "suspicious" looking fellows in it. I already had the sunroof open and radio turned down, but I was in my car that doesn't have tinted windows, so I felt particularly vulnerable and just had a really odd feeling that something was going to go down.

    Sure enough, just as I punched my pin into the ATM, I heard a car door close and saw the passenger of the car get out of the car. "Here we go" I though to myself. I was actually really really calm, wasn't scared at all. I got a good grip on my glock but kept it in the holster, but made no misconception to a potential robber -- I am armed. Do not mess with me.

    As the guy walked up to the car, I made sure he had nothing in his hands (he did) so I was even more comfortable. As he walked up to the passenger door of my car, he saw my hand on my gun and I looked him right in the eyes. I saw his nuts dissapear when his eyes went from mine to my gun.

    "Sheeeeeit! Don't mind me!" he said as he in one motion turned around. As he walked toward the car behind me I heard him say "Man, that Dude's got a GUN!"

    He got back in the car and then the proceeded to back out of the ATM line and drive away.

    This is the exact type of thing that never makes it into crime statistics, but probably happens all the time.

    A few things that stood out/to think about:

    1. It was Friday -- payday for lots of people -- so I knew that criminals would be out looking for people who had just received paychecks

    2. Be ready -- I had my gun ready to use even knowing that nothing would probably happen. It's always better to have it ready. I had my window open and my music down. The first thing that alerted me was the sound of the car door behind me closing. I was ready well before someone who was distracted would be.

    3.If something doesn't look right, it isn't. -- As soon as the hoopdie pulled up behind me, I thought to myself how much I doubted that these rejects had a pnc account.

    4. Don't ignore your gut. -- I was literally moments before, thinking about how I really felt like something was going to happen. If you feel like that, keep your head on a swivel!

    Through it all, I am most happy that I didn't have to kill anyone. I am pretty sure I know now how I would react if put in a situation that called for shots to be fired.

    Oh yeah, my buddy won via 1st round submission.
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    Good job. Sounds like you have the right mind set. I tell myself "Stay calm an keep your eye on the ball". Looks like you did exactly that.

    And good for your buddy.
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    What did the LEO's say after you called them? Did they find them?
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    Glad you made it out safely, but some will say, "if you had a bad feeling, why didn't you just drive through and keep on going?" Just sayin'.
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    Good job on keeping a level head, but I have one question. Why did you not just drive off. You said you felt the situation was odd the minute they pulled up behind you. Then you watched the person walk up to your vehicle. In that time you could have simply drove off. If the person had walked up and just started shooting, would you have been able to draw and fire before he hit you? I am not picking apart what you did by any means. You remained calm and did not escalate the situation and were observant. However, if you had been forced to shoot, and you told exactly what you told us in court, a lawyer would rip you based on the fact you had the means and ability to drive away, whereas you chose to stay. I am not saying you are wrong by any means. You may ask how do I know this? As a GA certified LEO I have sat in court numerous times for incidents involving weapons pulled, both by bad guys and good guys, and the common thread is the layers always look to see if you could have used another means to extricate yourself from the situation. With all of that said, i again think you handled yourself with professionalism and maturity. Your observancy could have very well saved your life. The old saying never fails...... stay alert, stay alive..... shoot straight, shoot often
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    I had about the same thing happen years ago (pre-cell phone); I lived 50 miles south of Indianapolis and had finished a job in Indy close to midnight so went to an ATM for some eating money (most fast food back then didn't take plastic). I always take a lap around a bank before using the ATM and noticed a ghetto cruiser backed up to the fence in a corner of the parking lot, well as I pull up to the ATM and I sit and watch for a minute and I see it in motion and it pulls up behind me. I hadn't put the card in the machine yet so I pulled on through, circled around and pulled up behind them and they pulled on through and left but not before I got the plate number. I went to a grocery store with a pay phone and called 911, told dispatch what happened and the description of the car and the plate number.

    Don't know what happened but dispatch said she would put out the description and have patrol watch for it.

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    A few of things: first and foremost...glad you are safe and sound. two...glad you stayed calm, cool and collected. three...I'm glad good sense got that better of our fellow human beings that came to your car window. But I like Taurahe just wonder why you didn't drive away. That seems like it was the safest route. Just curious. But like I said, I'm glad all is well and you are here to share the story to give us all another scenario to think, "What would I have done in Justben's sitution?"
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    Quote Originally Posted by F350 View Post
    I had about the same thing happen years ago (pre-cell phone); I lived 50 miles south of Indianapolis and had finished a job in Indy close to midnight so went to an ATM for some eating money (most fast food back then didn't take plastic). I always take a lap around a bank before using the ATM and noticed a ghetto cruiser backed up to the fence in a corner of the parking lot, well as I pull up to the ATM and I sit and watch for a minute and I see it in motion and it pulls up behind me. I hadn't put the card in the machine yet so I pulled on through, circled around and pulled up behind them and they pulled on through and left but not before I got the plate number. I went to a grocery store with a pay phone and called 911, told dispatch what happened and the description of the car and the plate number.

    Don't know what happened but dispatch said she would put out the description and have patrol watch for it.
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    He had just put his PIN in, that is why he didn't drive away. That would have been even easier money! Glad it worked out. Did you call the police and let them know?
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    Quote Originally Posted by F350 View Post
    I went to a grocery store with a pay phone and called 911, told dispatch what happened and the description of the car and the plate number.
    A what phone? Is that the next model of Iphone?
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    Don't let liberals hear this...


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    F350, thanks for that tip about making a lap around before pulling up to the ATM. I'm gonna start doing that!

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    You had the right mindset and were confidently prepared........Good Job.......it was almost On.

    Now you can answer the Age Old Question......could you have racked a slide or were you +1.....I know the answer already.
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    Sorry about the incident, but glad you didn't have to unholster.

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