Three Gunman Tried to Rob a Retired Cop Near White Rock, Ran Away When He Drew First

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The car wash where three robbers tried, and failed, to steal Charles Watson's car.
As he walked along the sidewalk of his Far East Dallas apartment complex at 5:15 on Easter morning, a 24-year-old man heard someone call out from behind, asking him to hold up.

He turned and saw three Hispanic men, clad in identical white T-shirts, hop out of a black Toyota Corolla. They simultaneously pulled semi-automatic handguns from their waistbands and demanded everything he had, which turned out to be his car keys and the $200 pair of Air Jordans on his feet.

Three miles to the west and a half hour later, his robbers settled on a second victim: an older man who was working alone at his self-service car wash just south of White Rock Lake.

Their M.O. this time was almost identical. The driver pulled the car to the end of the car wash's driveway, and the three men got out and approached Watson. One of them gestured toward the man's car and asked if it was his. Then, he pulled a black pistol from his waistband.

What the robbers don't seem to have realized was that the man, Charles Watson, is a retired Dallas cop. He'd been on alert since he first seen the car approaching and had watched carefully as the men walked toward him, spreading out for tactical advantage, and positioned himself accordingly.

In other words, he was ready. By the time the robber could get the gun from his waistband, Watson had drawn and had his no-longer-concealed handgun trained on him. The two accomplices, who were reaching for their guns, stopped dead.

This tableau -- a former cop holding three would-be robbers at bay in the Easter morning predawn -- lasted only for an instant. First the man who had pulled the gun, then his two friends, turned and sprinted back to the waiting Corolla, which sped away. They haven't yet been caught, though Watson may have scared them straight for the rest of the holiday at least. Police records from yesterday have no similar robbery reports.

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topfuel300
topfuel300

shame he didnt shoot all those beaners

whocareswhatithink
whocareswhatithink

Im guessing it was the end of the robbers shift which is why there were no more additional crimes, they most likely started around 10pm again last night

jane
jane

THEY SHOULD MOVE TO CHICAGO; LESS GUNS THERE, THEREFORE SAFER.

cantkeepthetruthdown
cantkeepthetruthdown

In Chicago, this man would be arrested for defending himself, while the other 3 would be given government benefits while people claimed 'they are just trying to make a better life for themselvessss'

John1073
John1073

The would be robbers probably made the best decision. Although there is a good chance at least 2 of them would have made off with the loot considering it was 3 on 1.

RTGolden1
RTGolden1 topcommenter

I agree that this is a rare case of any media pointing out an instance where an armed citizen prevented a crime, possibly a deadly crime.  However, as a responsible gun owner myself, I'd like to point out that the situation resolved without anyone getting killed, wounded or even firing a shot.  Mr Watson displayed that one quality that all gun owners and carriers must possess: discretion.  He didn't pull and start blasting away.  The minimum force necessary to eliminate the threat is, and should be the standard.  That is why stories like this never make the headlines: No bodies, No by-line.

Good job Observer.

Sharon_Moreanus
Sharon_Moreanus topcommenter

Nothing to do since Far West shut down.

observist
observist topcommenter

Considering guns are used in the commission of crimes ten times more then in the prevention of crimes, it's pretty clear the Observer has a pro-gun bias.

ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul
ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul topcommenter

And to think that there are many at this site that question the need for concealed carry ...

pak152
pak152

if not for this blog posting no one would know about how a crime was prevented by a concealed carry permit holder

otiswild
otiswild

@RTGolden1 Kinda wish he plugged 'em, and saved the taxpayer and future victims money and hassle.  3 armed perps vs 1 retired cop?  No bid anywhere in TX.

DarnellLax
DarnellLax

@RTGolden1  If everyone who wanted to conceal a gun had to go through the extensive training  and mental and psychological testing the cop did, it would all work out beautifully. But a few hours of training for someone who may or may not have psychological issues that would prevent them from being able to exercise his level of discretion is not exactly the same thing. 

theslowpath
theslowpath

@RTGolden1 I don't if discretion is tops or not, but what impressed me was his situational awareness - paying attention to his surroundings enough to draw first. That skill is vital even if you don't carry a weapon. 

otiswild
otiswild

@observist so there were 20 million crimes in the US that involved guns?  Because ~2 million defensive gun uses occurred per year between 1988 and 1993, and that number has surely risen since then given the expansion of concealed carry freedom.

Either way, the 2nd Amendment is the ultimate bulwark against tyranny, and it protects a right that I enthusiastically use.  There's never been a genocide against an armed populace.

scottindallas
scottindallas topcommenter

@observist but guns are fun to shoot, and hunting is arguably the noblest way to eat meat, and guns are frequently used to protect homes in ways that are of no concern to lawmakers (my Aunt kills snakes occasionally)  A gun is a humane way to down a horse if that should become necessary as well.  Or for target practice off William Burroughs wife--ok that's not a good example, but what about for spreading the ashes of Hunter S Thompson?

phoneyobama
phoneyobama

@observist 

Bullshit. "Ten times"?

Since NO SHOTS were fired its likely that this attempted robbery will not be in any statistic.

Neither would those criminal acts where the perp was dissuaded from even attempting a crime.

observist
observist topcommenter

@pak152 This blog got the info from police report, which would have records of all attempted robberies prevented by concealed carry permit holders, as long as they're responsible enough to report crimes to the police.

cawnlu
cawnlu

@theslowpath @RTGolden1 it's not about whether or not you carry a gun. You have to have the tactical sense and the situational awareness to react properly. That comes with extensive training and experience. Unfortunately, attending a 1 day class and strapping on a gun is likely to make many CHL holders (many, not all) more overconfident than anything else. Most people pay no attention to their surroundings, and therefore are taken off guard. Their weapon is on no use if that happens.

observist
observist topcommenter

@scottindallas @observist  Someone needs to fight the never-ending war against tin cans.  Every time you turn your back, more of the sneaky little bastards try to climb over your fence, your garden wall, your fallen logs...

observist
observist topcommenter

@phoneyobama @observist   Any recorded statistics show about a 10-1 ratio of gun crimes committed to crimes prevented with a gun.  Look at firearm homicides vs. justifiable homicides.  Statistically it makes sense.  For example, about 2% of Texans have concealed carry permits.  If criminals assault a random sample of the population, only 2% (1 in 50) of their victims would be armed and even have a chance to deter a crime with their gun.  Assuming there are various non-randomizing factors, like people more likely to encounter criminals are more likely to get a CC permit, a 10-1 ratio still would be surprisingly low. 

Of course CC holders are relatively small % of gun owners, but home invasions are a relatively small % of crimes, so the the idea that there is some huge hidden, unreported war going on between home invaders and armed homeowners is a  gross exaggeration.  

Overall, I think having a small population of responsible gun owners is probably a net benefit to society, but the challenge is keeping guns out of the hands of the larger population of irresponsible criminally-inclined gun users.  Responsible gun owners should be in favor of background checks, registration, limitations & recording of transfers, etc., as a way for good people to have guns and bad people not to have guns,  but too many seem to be living in some paranoid vigilante fantasy where the enemy is not criminals but the oldest, most successful democratically elected government in the history of the world.

pak152
pak152

@observist @pak152  but then you actually mined the police report. hopefully you'll post more such stories where CC permit holders were able to prevent a crime..

cantkeepthetruthdown
cantkeepthetruthdown

@observist @cantkeepthetruthdown @phoneyobama Yeah totally. Troll.


How come you skip the inconvenient part of your stats that show most homicide in this country is committed by violent blacks?



cantkeepthetruthdown
cantkeepthetruthdown

@observist @phoneyobama Where might one find the statistics on how often a firearm is used to stop the commission of a crime, inside someone's home without even a single shot fired? 

otiswild
otiswild

@scottindallas @kduble @ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul A supermajority of US states have shall-issue (or no licensing of) concealed carry now. It's pretty obvious that between shall-issue and castle doctrine/no duty to retreat laws there has been no baths of blood that chicken little pinko grabbers predicted so shrilly and breathlessly.

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