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Well, I Got Mugged In My Street At 8:05PM PST Today. 50 Yards From Home.

Right after the corner of the southbound sidewalk, they came into my face, out of nowhere. 3 of them. "Youths."

I won't give any details here for obvious reasons.

It took me 1 or 2 seconds to realize what it was about after I heard the first "Give me your phone!", "Give me your wallet!"

I know, I'm slow, sometimes.

As I crossed my arms around my jacket, two of them got my phone out of my right hand, and started to grab me and shake me.

I felt a little punch on my lower jaw, almost nothing, like it was a miss, and as the struggle began, then I noticed the knife, 10 or so inch long, a kitchen kind of knife. I have the alike at home. That's when I knew it wasn't worth fighting back.

I was already on the ground, on that neighbor's front yard, as I screamed for help, trying to crawl slowly away only screaming also "Don't do that!" and to get myself some distance.

Maybe 20 seconds had passed. Tops.

While on the ground, I didn't want to lose sight of the blade, but I looked up to the face of the one holding it.

The neighbor across the street coming to my help who rushed out of his home after hearing my cry says he saw two of them hitting me while I was on the ground. I think they were trying anyway, because I didn't get hurt anywhere it seems. Must have been too fast or they missed me.

The knife and the distance between it and me. That's all I cared about for the last 10 seconds.

He scared them away, they ran away, starting from the middle of the street, with my phone. You have no idea how much I feel I owe him. As I had lost my glasses in the last 5 seconds, I was really fearing for my safety.

I hugged him after 30 minutes spent with the cops to give them my statement.

Can't say more for now. Only that I have the nice "business card" of the police officer I should call if I ever recognize one of them again in my block.

They stole my phone, after all.

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ConstitutionHugger's picture

That is terrible

I'm so sorry. I'm glad you're alright now.

Well, you know your phone

Well, you know your phone number, so you should be able to ge the phone company to track it and all as well.

An interesting thing you can do is call it(from a number not listed or a friend) and make up a story about having money and it needing to be picked up. Bam! You got these people immediatly interested and you could lure them somewhere, like to an arrest.

To climb the mountain, you must believe you can.

Cyril's picture

They have an idea already.

Location was turned off. But I understood the cops already have an idea of where they might find it trying to be resold in my area.

Thing is, I don't care about this particular item. I'm only glad I'm still in one piece.

Wife is worried that she doesn't see me shaken.

I told her I do feel weird. I feel empty.

"Cyril" pronounced "see real". I code stuff.


"To study and not think is a waste. To think and not study is dangerous." -- Confucius

TwelveOhOne's picture

Agree with uastudy, you are in shock

If you already have a relationship with a therapist, you may want to see them again.

I was in a car accident a few months ago and am recovering from a traumatic brain injury. Seeing my therapist (who I had seen several months last year) is proving to be helpful. Especially because he has a baseline to compare my current thoughts and feelings to.

I am so sorry that this happened to you. I wish you best of luck in recovering, and you and your family and in my thoughts and prayers.

I love you. I'm sorry. Please forgive me. Thank you.
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You're still in shock.

Go to your family doctor and talk to him/her about it. It's not unusual, but it is disconcerting.

The doctor might report him as unstable

and then his household might not be able to own a gun. It has happened before.


he should find someone to talk to about the incident. This is similar to going through the grieving process. His whole world changed, and he changed. He's never going to be the person he was before this happened to him, none of us ever are...

This is...

The reason we should all be armed... That punk with the knife to my throat would've been dispatched by a hallow point.


Cyril's picture

Dear wife wants me to take tomorrow off.

Dear wife wants me to take tomorrow off.

I think I will.

"Cyril" pronounced "see real". I code stuff.


"To study and not think is a waste. To think and not study is dangerous." -- Confucius

Yes take off and rest

Glad you are ok, dear liberty friend.

Glad You're Ok My Friend!...They're Lucky You Weren't Packing

Thank God for good neighbors aye?

Do you live in a bad neighboorhood Cyril?

Cyril's picture

I thought we were okay up until not too long ago.

I thought we were okay up until not too long ago.

First time in 3 years since we moved in that we know about anything like that right next to our door. I think my landlord, who used to live where we rent, is going to be pissed off when he gets our update...

But a couple months ago there was one neighbor's car stolen, another one's trashed, and also someone else mugged, all in the two blocks next to ours.

It's just it's getting closer to us now.

I've known about the theory of this phenomenon of breeding misery and race to the bottom darn well for long, now I got to live it concretely. We'll just move out if that gets too much for our family's safety.

Thank God, because we can.

"Cyril" pronounced "see real". I code stuff.


"To study and not think is a waste. To think and not study is dangerous." -- Confucius

Glad you're okay buddy

Cyril, you're a good guy and you didn't deserve this to happen to you. However, now that it has, may it turn in to a wake up call for you.

You were VERY LUCKY that your neighbor was HOME, and that he cared enough to come out. You might want to ask yourself "why" he was the only one to respond to your screams for help, and even worse, "what if" he hadn't been home or simply couldn't hear you at the time because say the TV was too loud or he was in the shower.

""It's just it's getting closer to us now.""

""We'll just move out if that gets too much for our family's safety.""

What's "too" much Cyril??? An actual injury where blood is drawn? A trip to the hospital? YOU WERE LUCKY. Tonight could have been the end for you Cyril - and your family would have been left to suffer. Think of them and your kids growing up fatherless. What if next time the target isn't you, but someone else in your family?

I'm sorry if I'm coming on a little too strong and maybe the shock doesn't have you thinking too clearly at the moment, but I care about you and I don't want this to happen to you. If it were to happen again, to you or a family member, you or they could be killed, permanently injured, - or if you survive but someone else doesn't - you could be looking at a lifetime of regret. It's something that's very hard to live with and I sincerely hope you manage to avoid it.

Start practicing "situational awareness".


Stay safe and God bless.

I got 'rolled' last November...

by 6 kids 14-16 years old. Perhaps even worse than actually being beaten up is the revenge thoughts combined with the fact that it would be impossible to round them all up and charge them with anything. Even if it were possible to identify who did the hitting and who simply stood watch it wouldn't prevent them from doing the same thing in the future.

(now for the 'on the plus side' speech)

This event will prove to be where philosophizing and theorizing meets cold reality. The decline of society and morality are one thing to read about in a book or even hear about second hand - quite another when it happens to you directly. And now you have a story of your own to tell.

What happened to you really sucks.


Chris Indeedski!

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