Friday, September 4, 2009

Frontier Justice Alive And Well..And Legal!

This story in the Houston Chronicle made me realize that the old fashioned brand of frontier justice may be the way to go!

It's sad when someone gets killed, but that's the chance you get when you attempt something like this...I say that the saying of "forewarned is forearmed" should have been enough to keep the criminal types from even considering this action!

By DALE LEZON Copyright 2009 Houston Chronicle
Sept. 3, 2009, 12:31PM

A suspected robber was killed and another man was injured in a gun battle after three masked gunmen ambushed a card game in southwest Houston this morning, police said.

Around 2 a.m., witnesses said the masked men waited for someone to leave the game, which was held inside an unmarked office park unit behind a shopping center in the 5600 block of Hillcroft just south of Westpark.

The gunmen burst in through the open door and began robbing patrons, one of whom pulled his own pistol, said Sgt. Juan M. De La Cruz, a Houston homicide detective. A gunfight ensued.

One suspect was killed and one of the patrons suffered a non-life threatening wound and was taken to a nearby hospital. Police, who found multiple 9-millimeter shell casings at the scene, say the other two suspects fled.

Police recovered card tables, cards and cash, and one of the patrons said everyone at the game knew each other. Police said they didn't immediately know who rents the space, which like many in the complex has no signage.

De La Cruz said the gambling matter would be turned over to the vice squad, but it wasn't clear whether the game was illegal. In Texas, there's nothing wrong with money changing hands in poker and other games as long as someone isn't taking a cut.

Identities of those involved were not immediately released, and no arrests were made.

Now, I have to ask myself if the bandits really believe that no one would be carrying a firearm? If so, I wonder just where they have been living for the last few years!

In a city where folks get shot on the street corner, in their front yard, and at the grocery store...often for no apparent reason, how can someone not have a clue that when you bust into a private card game at 2:00 a.m. with the intent of robbing the patrons...someone is going to be armed.

I personally think that the so-called bandits should take up another line of work! I don't believe that they are smart enough to be successful crooks...but that's just me!

Bad decisions more often than not lead to bad results. Evidently, the old frontier justice is alive and well in parts of Texas. That should give the bad guys reason to stop and think the next time...and we all have no doubt there will be a next time!

Some folks are very slow to learn, ya know?

Now, my friends, let's get some fresh coffee and sit outside for a bit...don't worry, no bad guys here!


Kyddryn said...

Sounds like a couple of candidates for the Darwin Awards, Mister Hermit, sir.

I'd ask what they were thinking, but it's fairly clear...they weren't.

Shade and Sweetwater,
K (who thinks stupidity should be painful)

HermitJim said...

Hey K...
I guess it's can't fix stupid. I can't even imagine how they managed to survive this long!

Thanks so much for coming by, Lady!

Ken said... it turns out to be an inside job,somebody knew

...stupid a$$holes would get shot at my card games too...i'd expect no less...

Anonymous said...

I'm glad they responded with "NO." I love seeing people stand up to these useless thugs. We have too many in Houston.

JoJo said...

Good morning My Special One,
sounds like they're new hobby should be a box of crayons and a coloring book. Yes there are way to many idiots playing robbers these days.
Anyway it looks like it maybe be a beautiful day up here on the hill. sending some pics your way later.

HermitJim said...

Hey Ken...
You and I would expect it, but that's why I wonder what these crooks were thinking. Whatever they were smoking beforehand didn't do the old brain cells any good, did it?

Hey, sure am glad you could drop by today, my friend!

Hey Kris...
Boy, you are right about that! Houston does indeed have it's share of these people, but my guess id that the nation is probably full of them!

About time they got a taste of their own medicine!

Hey, thanks for coming by!

Hey JoJo...
I kinda doubt if they could stay within the lines! But you are certainly correct about there being way too many idiots in that field!

Glad the weather is co-operating with you today and glad you took the time to come by, sweetie!

Felinae said...

Stupid...makes me just shake my head at the idiocy of it all.

This reminds me of when we were still living in the Bay Area, some Jack Ass decided to hold up an indoor shooting range during normal operating hours. LOL!

Now did he seriously think he was going to get out of that one? If that wasn't one for the stupid criminal files, I don't know what would qualify. :D

Have a great day, my friend


HermitJim said...

Hey Felinae...
You have to wonder just where these people come from! You could almost feel sorry for them, being so stupid and all! ALMOST!

I just hope it's not catching...we have enough stupidity as it is!

Thanks for coming by today!

The cottage by the Cranelake said...

It wouldn´t hurt if some people started to think before acting :-) But I´m afraid that these robbers probably wouldn´t be successful in any kind of work :-)
Have a great day now!

HermitJim said...

Hey Crister...
I believe that if they were thinking to begin with, they would not have chosen a poker game at 2:00 a.m., in a neighborhood known for violence, to rob...

There is no accounting for why folks do such crazy things!

Hey, thanks for stopping by, Christer!

Anonymous said...

unfortunatly people need to be armed before a robber thinks twice about breaking and entering. But then again it didnt help those guys.

HermitJim said...

Hey Off Grid...
You would think that the robbers would have chosen a place more likely NO)T to be armed, for sure!

Just no telling with some folks though.

\Hey, thanks for coming by, buddy!

Did it MY way said...

All three of the scumbags should be pushing up daiseys.
All of the card players should have been armed....with 45's.
I'm a 1911 guy, but I just bought a Glock 30sf...I'm impressed...300 rounds thru it today with out so much as a hick-up. Very accurate out of the box.

See Ya

HermitJim said...

Hey Tony...
Sounds like you did good with the Glock 30...glad to hear that it did so well right out of the box!

I would imagine that the two that lived will be headed for the hills after the gun battle. Just cowards, anyway!

I sure do appreciate you dropping by today, my friend!

Catman said...

Too bad the other two got away. The folks at the game could have just dumped the bodies in an area known for drug trafficking and that would have been the end of the matter.

The police would have just chalked it up to a drug deal gone bad.

I hope everyone there learned to start carrying a piece.

HermitJim said...

Hey Catman...
I do't imagie they will get very far! After all, from I understand, they live in this neighborhood!

I'm sure that before it's over...they willget some justice dished out!

Thanks for the visit...