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Dragun Defense #019: 11 Lessons Learned When Elderly Woman Robbed at Middletown Store Parking Lot

In this video, a young man robs an 84-year-old woman, and Middletown Police hope that security footage will help them apprehend the suspect.

The footage was captured on July 20, 2022 in front of the Big Lots store on 4633 Roosevelt Boulevard, Middletown, OH 45044.

The thief's SUV can be seen moving toward the woman's car as she exits the store and stopping a few spots away. As she loads her items into her car, he runs over, gets out, and snatches her pocketbook by reaching inside.

She told police he said, "I'm taking your purse". He sprinted back to his SUV and sped off.

Injuries to the victim's hand were noted in the police report and it might even have been broken. Employees were not aware of the robbery and no one else was in the parking lot.

The Eleven Lessons You Should Consider

After watching this video there are five quick lessons you should consider.

  1. Dangerous people exist everywhere and can strike without warning.

  2. Be aware of your surroundings.

  3. Stay alert for people both far and near.

  4. Get in and out of transitional places quickly and with a purpose.

  5. Carry non-lethal tools that you can deploy with accuracy.

  6. Camera footage is passive defense.

  7. Law enforcement will not necessarily respond in time of your need.

  8. Do not expect anyone else to come to your rescue in time of your need.

  9. Do not expect employees who work in the area to see what happened.

  10. You are never too old to learn self-defense.

  11. You are on your own.

Be safe and alert out there.


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