Pro Tip for Criminals: Don't Try to Rob a Competitive Axe-Thrower

(Unrelated photo via Øyvind Holmstad)

“If you’re in my house, you’re not walking out.”

Two burglars in Hemet, California experienced a major failure in the victim selection process last Saturday. Maybe they thought that an older woman by herself would be vulnerable.

They were wrong.

Robyn Irvine woke up in the middle of the night and saw a man kneeling by her bed, trying to remove the watch from her wrist. She reached for her axe, which she always keeps at her side:

“He froze at first. I shocked him with my voice and then he took off. There was no way I could’ve caught him but I could’ve thrown it,” said Irvine, adding that she could have paralyzed the suspect by striking him in the spine.

But Ms. Irvine was merciful and let police arrest the burglar with his spine intact. His accomplice escaped . . . 

. . . for now. Ms. Irvine has added a Bowie knife to her arsenal. She’s ready if he comes back.

-via Dave Barry

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