Two Guys Stole A Case of Beer Tuesday, But Not Before Dodging a Bullet, Wrecking a Car, Trying to Run Someone Over

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Sixto Salinas and his 18-year-old daughter were about to enter Sunny Food Mart at 9 p.m. Tuesday when they were nearly knocked over by two men rushing out of the store. They gleaned from a witness inside that the two men had just robbed the store (police classified it as theft), knocking over a customer and struggling with a clerk in their attempt to escape.

Salinas and his daughter saw the men getting into a red Chevy pickup but couldn't make out the license plate, so they hopped in their brand-new Nissan so they could get a closer look.

When the robbers realized several blocks later that they were being followed, they slammed on their brakes and gunned it in reverse, crashing into the front of Salinas' car. The truck pulled forward, and Salinas and his daughter stepped out of the car to get a better look at the license plate.

As they did so, the driver of the truck gunned it in reverse once again in an attempt to run them over. Salinas was ready this time with his concealed handgun. He got off a single round before the truck drove away. Neither Salinas nor his daughter was harmed, but their Nissan suffered $5,000 in damages.

The robbers, so far at least, have gotten off scot-free. The thing is they weren't robbers, waving guns and knives and demanding money, but mere shoplifters. All they took was a $25 case of beer which, judging by the price and the fact it comes in a case, must have been a fine brew indeed.


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RTGolden1
RTGolden1 topcommenter

"The robbers, so far at least, have gotten off scot-free. The thing is they weren't robbers, waving guns and knives and demanding money, but mere shoplifters. All they took was a $25 case of beer which, judging by the price and the fact it comes in a case, must have been a fine brew indeed."

 

Really?  So, slamming your getaway car into pursuing citizens' (even though the would-be banditos had no way of being sure they were being pursued) vehicles does not, in your mind, aggravate their 'mere shoplifter' status?  I would think that would qualify as ADW, reckless endangerment or, in this story, maybe just 'merely public disturbance'.

 

The question can and should be asked whether Salinas made the best decisions both in the pursuit or pulling his concealed weapon and firing on a vehicle (pretty low probability of success, lot of room for error), but the two thieves were not mere shoplifters.

1dailyreader
1dailyreader

I hope it was a better beer than Natural Light.  Why has the price of beer shot up so much in the past week or so?  I bought a 24 oz can of Bud and paid $2.50 on what was $2.00 before the increase. 

observist
observist topcommenter

Get a handgun and concealed carry permit to protect your family from criminals.  If that doesn't give you enough opportunity to shoot people, take your family to the criminals!

TheCredibleHulk
TheCredibleHulk topcommenter

So, Sixto, casually shopping with his teen aged daughter follows these dudes and ends up pulling his piece in a public confrontation?

 

Yeah, what could possibly go wrong, there?

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

You want the cops to respond to a  less than $50 theft, blow the motherfucker away thieving the candy bar or case of beer.

ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul
ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul topcommenter

Well ... what do you expect would happen when the Chief of Police makes a public announcement that the DPD will not respond to thefts (shoplifting) of less than $50?

trudat
trudat

 @RTGolden1

 ...yeah, it seems to me that a case could be made for Salinas attempting to defend himself and his daughter against being run over/killed by the "shoplifters" ...when attempts are made to run over the police, the car is called a deadly weapon and the police shoot to kill...a case of beer is not worth a life but defending your own life could require lethal and justified action...

TheCredibleHulk
TheCredibleHulk topcommenter

 @RTGolden1 Right, not until MagDumb P.I. and his intrepid side-kick started chasing them.

RTGolden1
RTGolden1 topcommenter

 @TheCredibleHulk Maybe it was the last case of Coors Light with the mountain logo that turns blue when they're really cold....

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