Intervening in a Knife Fight

Okay, here is a good comment from a reader. Here was the situation, and the question:

good timing…

a friend of mine was recently riding Marta to the airport obviously unarmed and with his luggage. at one of the stops he heard a woman scream and some guy (purse snatcher) gets on his train. majority of people unass the AO except for the purse snatcher, bystander, my friend and a lil ole lady.

the bystander pulls a knife & the purse snatcher has his knife out…

doors close…

the round begins

my friend watches these two guys slice and dice until the next stop. maybe 5mins?

question for the masses…what do you do? assist or do nothing?

good timing…

a friend of mine was recently riding Marta to the airport obviously unarmed and with his luggage. at one of the stops he heard a woman scream and some guy (purse snatcher) gets on his train. majority of people unass the AO except for the purse snatcher, bystander, my friend and a lil ole lady.

the bystander pulls a knife & the purse snatcher has his knife out…

doors close…

the round begins

my friend watches these two guys slice and dice until the next stop. maybe 5mins?

question for the masses…what do you do? assist or do nothing?

 

Here is my response.  Do not intervene.  You have no backup in this situation.  If you are headed to the airport by way of public transportation, you have no weapons on you.  If you are headed to a different location, maybe it is a different story.  If you are carrying a concealed firearm, you can choose to intervene in some way, but otherwise you are putting yourself into a very explosive situation that can be very, very bad for you and/or orther parties involved.  You have no idea how these guys will react if you jump into the fray.  The best thing you can do is to take a protective position for you and the little old lady.  Can you see an emergency call button on the train?  Again, until you can exit the premises, the best thing for you to do at this point is to take a protective position with the elderly woman.  If the climate changes and one of the two shifts aggression towards you–then you have to make a different decision!

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1 Comment

  1. good advice.

    i suppose an argument could be made to help out the innocent bystander who pulled their own knife to thwart the attacker…

    however, just read an article in one of the atlanta papers where a fight broke out between two persons at an apartment complex and a neighbhor intervened and they BOTH turned on the neighbor and attacked him for…helping?

    similar to this situation, what if the tide changed from one knife wielding attacker to two?

    best to protect oneself and stay out of the fray.


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