72 Year Old Ex-Marine Kills Robber After Running Him Down in his Car

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Meanwhile in Texas...

Armed robber dies after trying to rob ex-marine, 72, who ran him down in car

By DAMIEN GAYLE
Last updated at 3:22 PM on 25th July 2011


Former marine: Kenneth Kobobel Snr chased down a robber in his car and rammed him against a wall

An armed robber who tried to rob an ex-marine died after the 72-year-old veteran pursued him in his car and ran him down.

Kenneth Kobodel Snr gave chase after the 9mm-toting thief pistol-whipped him and robbed him and his brother of more than $800.

Spotting the robber in the car park of a nearby strip mall, Mr Kobobel rammed the man against a metal fence leaving him fatally injured.

The dead man, whose identity has not yet been released, had forced himself into Mr Kobodel's Houston, Texas, office at around 9:45am on Friday and robbed the great-grandfather and his brother at gunpoint.

According to Mr Kobodel, the man had screamed, 'Give me the money! You're dead', before forcing him and his brother to the floor and robbing them both.

Kobodel handed him $20, but after he was patted down and a further $800 was discovered the robber struck him on the head with the barrel of the pistol.

The robber is then said to have ordered the pair to count to 100 before getting up, but by the count of 20 Mr Kobodel rang 911 and climbed into his 1997 Lexus sedan to pursue him.

Houston police said the robber had only managed to run about one block east before Mr Kobobel pinned him against a fence with his car.

Mr Kobodel's son, Kenneth Kobodel Jnr, had just pulled up as his father sped off. The son said he was not surprised by his father's impulsive response.

The son told mysanantonio.com his ex-marine father 'doesn't put up with a whole lot of nothing.'

According to Mr Kobodel Snr, he saw the robber in a car park of a mall on Northline and drove towards him.

The man pointed the gun at him and fired at least once, Mr Kobodel remembered. Mr Kobodel said he then rammed him with his car, but the robber jumped back and recocked his pistol.

So Mr Kobodel rammed the man again, pinning him against a metal fence. Getting out of his car, Mr Kobobel found the seriously injured man lying nearby and walked over and put the gun out of his reach.

The man was pronounced dead at the scene after emergency services arrived.


Rammed: The dent in the metal fence shows where Mr Kobobel hit the suspect with his car


Damage: The dents left on Mr Kobobel's car after he ran the gunman down

Despite his actions, Mr Kobobel said he is in emotional turmoil over the man's death.

'I thought it was good that I caught this jerk who'd robbed me, but what I didn't like was that this man was laying there and his life was ebbing away,' he said.

He added: 'I would have given him the $800 if he'd still be alive.'

Houston Police Department spokesman Ken Nealy told ABC Local: 'As they approached in their vehicle, the suspect pulled out a handgun and chambered a round by pointing the gun towards the complainant and the vehicle.

'The complainant struck the suspect with his vehicle.'

Police are trying to determine whether another vehicle besides Mr Kobobel's also hit the robber. They said there are no charges pending against Mr Kobobel.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/art...ine-Kenneth-Kobodel-Snr-72.html#ixzz1TA0KduiK
Gotta love Texas. Good thing the guy fired a shot at the windshield or he may have been in trouble...
 

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Good, that's what you get for robbing people. Fuck this guy.
 

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Good, that's what you get for robbing people. Fuck this guy.

yep, i think about that all the time..... how the fuck to people get "car jacked" just slam the gas down and drive away.... then turn around and run the fucker over. hell even if i was being forced to drive. one of us isnt going to survive the incident, i would plow into the closest telephone pole passenger side first
 

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yep, i think about that all the time..... how the fuck to people get "car jacked" just slam the gas down and drive away.... then turn around and run the fucker over. hell even if i was being forced to drive. one of us isnt going to survive the incident, i would plow into the closest telephone pole passenger side first
I'd hit that pole or a wall dead on. The seat belt and airbag on
the driver's side will save my ass.
He'll be fucked up and dazed with no car to get away in.
 

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I'd hit that pole or a wall dead on. The seat belt and airbag on
the driver's side will save my ass.
He'll be fucked up and dazed with no car to get away in.
Make sure you plow into a bank or gov building.
 

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yep they dont they call it the suicide seat for no reason
 
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Semper Fi Marine.

yep, i think about that all the time..... how the fuck to people get "car jacked" just slam the gas down and drive away.... then turn around and run the fucker over. hell even if i was being forced to drive. one of us isnt going to survive the incident, i would plow into the closest telephone pole passenger side first
Because people have been conditioned to think that guns are some magical device that can not only disable a car, but a single shot to the rear windshield and the whole car's going to go up in a ball of fire!

It's just like teaching abstinence only in schools. The less educated a society is the more prone to mistakes and fear they are.
 

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Good for him, and good for the cops for not charging him. Does anyone know if Texas has civil immunity in justifiable homicide cases? We do in FL...
 
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Good for him, and good for the cops for not charging him. Does anyone know if Texas has civil immunity in justifiable homicide cases? We do in FL...
I'd bet they do. I've never heard of a civil suit after something like this.
 

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I was mildly surprised the car wasn't a Gran Torino.
 

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Fucker stained his Lexus. Hope he carried ****** collision coverage.
 

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Semper Fi Marine.



Because people have been conditioned to think that guns are some magical device that can not only disable a car, but a single shot to the rear windshield and the whole car's going to go up in a ball of fire!

It's just like teaching abstinence only in schools. The less educated a society is the more prone to mistakes and fear they are.
There's that, plus carjackings often don't give the victim any choice to escape. Youth needs a car, waits in a parking lot for someone with keys in hand approaching car, asks which way norf is and has a car ten seconds later. Or walks up to car, smashes driver window, puts gun to drivers head and offers a chance to run. Most people will take that opportunity without thinking to just drive away. Almost zero civilians are prepared for that kind of surprise attack, and even if you are carrying, it probably wouldn't help unless you saw it coming.

As for the marine that killed the shithead, I hope he walks with no penalty. Good for him. Except deep down we all know he did the wrong thing and he could be fucked. Once the thief left and no further harm was happening it is up to the police to do whatever they can about it. Which may end up being nothing. If you go after him you are in trouble, and if he dies in the process you could be up for murder if some prosecutor decides to be an asshole about it. Or grand jury, I don't really know how that shit works.
In this case the dead guy didn't shoot until he was hit with the car the first time, so the good guy might have a problem.

It'll be interesting to see how this turns out. Hopefully the asshole's family doesn't know a good lawyer.
 

Myhairygrundle

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Just another day here in Houston. I love Texas law. It allows you to use deadly force to recover your property after you have been robbed.

The young person's family should have to fix the fence and car.