Post # 1
Last night I went for my usual evening run. Just a few blocks away from my house, I passed a young kid who waved to me, so I waved back, of course. Not even 30 seconds later, he approached me from behind, tried tackling me to the ground while attempting to take my iphone in a case attached to my arm. This was not only in broad day light, but just steps away from a busy market. At the time, I couldn’t see who it was, let alone know it was a young kid. Well….I screamed bloody murder and, in a mental black out, I think I caught him in the face with an elbow. After resisting, he ran the other way and I sprinted after him yelling every obsenity you can possibly imagine. A man driving down the street stopped and ran the kid down and restrained him until the cops arrived. Whilst running, he removed the sweatshirt that he had on and threw it in an alley, where a good samaritan who was outside the market, found it. When the cops arrived, they placed the kid in hand cuffs and began questioning him. He said that he didn’t do it, which fired me up beyond belief, as I had seen him 30 seconds before he decided to attempt to rob me. He was so disrespectful to the cops, yelling, screaming, etc.(My SO who is former military is, needless to say, livid…but that’s a completely different story.)
I’m not too sure what response I’m looking for on this, but I just needed to get it out there. WTF is wrong with this world?! I can only imagine where this kid will be in a few years. I’ll eventually have a court date with him and his “parents”, but the cops said it’s very unlikely that there will be any punishment since he is a minor and this isn’t technically a “serious” crime. I’m just so frustrated and angry…and now I can’t even go running in my own neighborhood!!! Thank God for the good samaritans, at least.
Trying to make this day better…I guess it can’t get much worse than yesterday. Happy Friday bees!
Post # 3
I’m so sorry this happened to you. Sometimes we just need someone to hear what happened and say that it sucks and apologize on behalf of the person who wouldn’t.
I hope your weekend is better. Hugs to you.
Post # 4
- Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL
In my area he would go to uvenile court and probably get referred to a diversion program if it’s his first offense. If it’s a violation of probation or a subsequent offense, he would likely be looking at some time in juvenile detention. They treat crimes committed by minors very seriously where I live; it’s good and bad because for the younger kids it usually starts out as a parenting problem.
Definitely attend the court date(s) and express to the judge what you would like to see happen. It sounds to me like the kid may need a mentor so he can model his behavior on someone other than his parents.
Post # 5
Wow, that really sucks. Sorry you had to deal with all that.
Post # 6
Oh my goodness! That is terrible. Perhaps this will open his parents’ eyes to his behavior. They should at the very least allow you to file a police report and it should be up to YOU (ie the victim) to press charges. You’re right though, as a juvenile it’s unlikely he’s going to have any ‘real’ consequences, but at least you can try to make charges stick :/
Post # 7
@mrsem2bee: Thank you! I haven’t mentioned it to any friends or family because I don’t want them to worry about me…and I’m fine. It seems like there are just way too many stories nowadays of things like this happening…When I was 11 I was playing with barbies and riding bikes with friends all day, with no worries at all! It’s just sad that isn’t the case anymore…
Post # 8
You poor thing, you must have been terrified!! I’m so sorry that you’re having to deal with this…because I’m sure this has, no doubt, made you paranoid. Thank God you weren’t physically hurt, though. It truly is sad that you can’t even go running alone in your own neighborhood anymore…I wouldn’t run in mine either and I consider it to be a safe place. 🙁 Hugs to you!
Post # 9
@beachbride1216: Hopefully that will be the case, but even the cops said that it will depend on the judge. You’re absolutely right…it’s definitely a parenting problem.
There’s a bit of the story that I didn’t get to. After this happened, my SO drove past the kids house where there was a “shady” character outside. My SO asked if he had a son and when he replied and referred to his son by the attackers name, my SO said he better go get him down the police station because he assaulted a grown woman. The “father” wasn’t at all surprised and made no attempt to even get up to do a thing about it.
About an hour later, the police called saying the mother was at the police station saying that my SO PULLED A GUN ON HER!!! I literally almost died. Obviously these people know how to play the system. My SO in no way at all even threatened this man. I am so completely disgusted!!!
Post # 10
@Soon2BMrsC21: I’m so sorry you went through this 🙁 A similar event happened to me when I was out running too (not with someone so young though, and his goal wasn’t theft). I totally understand how violated you feel. I now run inside only – just not worth the stress for me!
Post # 11
@BoxerLady: Sorry to hear that you had to go through something like this…if it wasn’t theft, I can only imagine the intentions.
Thank you, everyone, for your support. I knew coming to the bee with my situation was the right idea. You ladies are the best!
Post # 12
Oh my gosh! That is horrible. I am sorry that happened to you. I kind of feel bad for the kid too, in a way, because his life must be rough (I would think) for him to go about attacking people. What a nightmare. That is really scary and I am glad you are ok. I would run with a dog!
Post # 13
@cbee: That’s the crazy part! I usually run with my 90 lb. boxer, but he’s been having issues with his eye, so this was the ONE and ONLY time I ran without him! Of course, the one time you need something, you don’t have it, right?!
Post # 14
Glad you’re okay. That definitely is scary. Honestly, some people really aren’t responsible enough to have children-you’re right its definitely a parenting problem. The fact that the mother went to the cops to say your SO pulled a gun on her is insane! I wonder if there’s anyway to get her on filing a false police report (if she did file one).
It’s a scary thing when something like that happens. I had two kids on bikes attack me in broad daylight with LOTS of people around and try to steal my phone (they didn’t get it, I freaked out on them just like you did and they looked stunned, then took off-and I tried running after them because obviously I can catch two kids on bikes on foot right?! hahaha). After that I seriously debated carrying around pepper spray or something. But its also the first time anything ever happened to me after living in NYC for 7+ years. You start to feel better, but you definitely stay more observant of your surroundings after that. I hope this kid gets a judge that wants to at least teach him a lesson between right and wrong.
Post # 15
How scary. I’m sorry that happened to you. I kinda feel bad for the kid too, I wonder what kind of situation he is living in that he feels the need to steal like that.
Post # 16
@Soon2BMrsC21: My boxer is only a puppy right now, but even when he’s big, I still only walk him with my big, strapping Fiance, lol. I still have issues from what happened.
Can I ask what’s wrong with his eye? My little guy had eye surgery already 🙁 Maybe it’s a boxer thing?