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How Spatial Awareness and Communication Can Win a Fight

Posted on August 01 2018

A man with a criminal history, who just served 4 months in jail for robbing a convenience store in Eastern Los Angeles, attempts to get revenge on the shop owner who pressed charges against him. He approaches the convenience store in a mask, armed with a knife and hostile intentions, not knowing that the store’s current clerk isn’t willing to become a victim of violent crime.

According to the store’s clerk, whose first name is Albert, the criminal in the video was hopped up on drugs, and it took everything he and his friend had to subdue the suspect. As we look at this video, pay special attention to how the two friends communicate with each other to protect one another from the multiple attackers who are there to back up the suspect.

The following footage was recorded on the security cameras at an Eastern Los Angeles convenience store, and released by the Albert, whose last name we are with-holding for his protection.

According to Albert, the robber in this video had just spent 4 months in jail for robbing the exact convenience store he is attacking in this video. As the man walks across the street, Albert and his friend are standing outside smoking a cigarette before the location closes for the night. Albert clocks the man in the bandana reaching for his waist, and immediately starts to assess the situation.

After watching the suspect for a few short moments, he realizes that the man is not armed with a gun and decides that he will defend the store instead of becoming a victim to the knife-attacker. The suspect walks right by Albert and gives up his back for a brief second, which is when Albert and his friend both simultaneously attack the man.

Using their combined strength, they pin the man against a wall inside of the store and try to wrestle control of the knife from him while punching him in the head to try and render him unconscious. The attacker wrestles both men outside where the attacker’s two friends try to join in on the fight. The men split at this point, and Albert’s friend moves to protect Albert while he continues to try and gain control of the knife.

A third individual eventually comes to Albert’s aid while the friend maintains a defensive posture that keeps them both safe from the two men sneaking into the fight to cause confusion. Had Albert and his friend not been communicating with each other and maintaining sight outside of the current conflict, the two individuals easily could have joined into the fight turning the tide and getting Albert and his friend killed by the knife-man.

Law enforcement was called after the attacker was subdued, and fifteen minutes later they arrived on the scene to re-arrest the knife attacker. Using his martial arts training, mental toughness, and spacial awareness allowed Albert to take control of an attacker that was armed with a knife while simultaneously communicating to his friend to guard them from the second and third attacker who could have turned the tide of the fight out of their favor.

10 comments

  • C.H.: September 04, 2018

    Funny how some people who comment here say the store clerk and his buddy should have stopped when the attacker was down, when the fight went outside, video showed no sign attacker had a knife, etc…. Appears they are more worried about their legal fees than long term survival.
    The clerk didn’t do enough in my opinion. If you think about it, the robber did not care 1 bit for law or incarceration, this was his second planned robbery of the same place after spending time in jail for the first one, so he came back armed. If he was allowed just to run away after this 2nd robbery because they fought back when he had a knife, he’d just come back a 3rd time with a gun or with more friends. They should have sent a better message to his violent but cowardly friends to not bother the store again by making them attend the armed robbers funeral. Within the 15 mins it took police to respond, it could have gotten ugly again if 1 mistake was made or his friends could have came back to try to savfe him from the cops. Best just to eliminate the possibility of any further problems from the thug or any of his friends that attempted to aid in the robberies. Sort out your legal issues later without worry from the same perswon again.

  • Fran : September 03, 2018

    The 2 Guys Could Have STOPPED And Grabbed The 1 THIN Guy. Shoved Him In the BATHROOM. Blocked the Bathroom Door. With Him Inside. Call the Police AND Waited for The LAW. Now They May Be Going to Jail “MURDER” That’s What I Would Have Done. EITHER WAY! THE 2 GUYS HAD TIME TO GO INSIDE THE STORE LOCK THE DOOR CALL POLICE! EVEN IF IT WAS 1 PERSON. DON’T WAIT LOOKING FOR TROUBLE!!

  • Fran: September 03, 2018

    Ummm! I Have ALOT to Say. BUT! I Will Just Say This——————→ LOOK AT THE WAY HE CAME INTO THE STORE \Q-Q/ FACE COVERED WITH A BANDANA/SCARF! AND THE GUYS THAT CAME FROM ACROSS THE STREET. HAD BANDANA’S OVER THEIR FACE. OR, OR AROUND THEIR NECKS TO BE PULLED UP WITH 1 HAND. SORRY FOR THE CAP’S. FROM THE LOOKS OF THE VIDEO. AND MOST OF THE HITS TO THE GUY’S HEAD AND FACE. HE IS A DEAD MAN. HE WAS STILL BEING HIT!! WITHOUT MOVING. AND THE GUY ONTOP OF HIM WAS ALMOST DOUBLE HIS WEIGHT. I’M SURE THE GUY WAS OUT OF OX AND OR HAD A HEART ATTACK ALREADY!!. SECOND, MAYBE JUST MAYBE 1 OF HIS BUDDIES. WILL LEARN FROM WHAT HAPPENED TO THEIR BUDDY. GEEEE, NOT 1 OF THEM STAYED FOR MORE THEN 10 SECONDS TO HELP THEIR MEMBER/BUDDY. AND YA THINK THAT THE SUPPOSE APROX 5 GUYS “NOT INCLUDING” THE ONE GETTING BEAT-UP. YA THINK 5 GUYS COULD HAVE GANGED UP ON THE 2 THAT WERE BEATING UP THEIR BUDDY? NO NO NOT!!! THEY WERE INSIDE THE STORE EATING DEVIL DOGS, DRINKING BEER, GRABING CASH, LOTTO AND CIG’S!!! GOOD NIGHT YA’LL

  • TRJWC : September 03, 2018

    My first reaction great job got the bad guy. However in eyes of a court, it is excessive force. Gets to the point of who is the victim. Store maybe sued for this behavior. Can not see any weapon in the video at all. When it leaves the store, then it becomes two mean people, beating up possible customer. They try to retaliate against this guy. Kicking him while he was on the ground was over the top.

  • L. Rayburn : September 03, 2018

    Bunch of unnecessary scuffling. When the guy came into the store, he should have been allowed inside the store further, then the storekeeper could have cold cocked him with a can of beans
    to the side of the head….knocking him out. Then trussed him up and called the cops.
    It looked like the storekeeper WANTED to beat the guy….personal vendetta perhaps?
    None of that outside crap was necessary.

  • L. Rayburn : September 03, 2018

    Bunch of unnecessary scuffling. When the guy came into the store, he should have been allowed inside the store further, then the storekeeper could have cold cocked him with a can of beans
    to the side of the head….knocking him out. Then trussed him up and called the cops.
    It looked like the storekeeper WANTED to beat the guy….personal vendetta perhaps?
    None of that outside crap was necessary.

  • jerry johnson: August 03, 2018

    Glad to see people stand up for the law and the people who they work for. These guys deserve a reward for this. Thanks for your help getting a thug off the streets.

  • Dr. Clifford N. Alford: August 02, 2018

    I suspect that was the longest fifteen minutes of that punk’s life waiting for the cops to arrive and save him from his intended “victim.” It’s like the saying goes, only in a reversed sort of way, “When seconds count, the cops are just minutes away.” And, as to the extra kicks, considering how liberal some judges are, kicking his head in a few times just might be the best service of true justice that will happen in this situation.

  • KH: August 02, 2018

    Awesome teamwork. I’m not sure the last couple head kicks were necessary, but the camera angle makes it difficult to tell what was happening.

  • Clarence Couch: August 02, 2018

    So where’s the video?

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