In battle of fry pan vs. shotgun, fry pan comes out on top
By Bart Pfankuch
Published: Monday, July 20, 2009 at 8:27 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, July 20, 2009 at 9:55 a.m.
MANATEE COUNTY -- Law officers generally recommend that robbery victims not fight back, especially when the robber has a loaded shotgun and all the victim has is a cooking implement.
But a Manatee County man whose home was invaded by a masked, shotgun-carrying robber early today used a fry pan to successfully fend off the robber, who then ran away with nothing.
The robbery happened around 12:30 a.m. today at a home in the 1800 block of Bayshore Gardens Parkway in South Manatee County, according to a Manatee Sheriff’s press release.
Three women in their 20s and 30s were home when the armed man came into the home through an unlocked door. He pointed a shotgun at the women and demanded cash, the release said.
As some residents were complying, another resident reportedly ed a frying pan and went after the robber with it.
The man then fled the residence without taking anything and without injuring anyone, the release said. A sheriff’s dog and deputies searched the area but turned up nothing.
Sheriff's spokesman Dave Bristow said all those involved, including the victims, were involved in the sale and use of prescription drugs.