A pair of thugs in Lancaster, Pennsylvania apparently thought it was a good idea to choose three elderly joggers as unwitting participants in their knockout game. Instead, they won some pepper spray and a meeting with a judge.
According to Lancaster Online, three elderly joggers were out and about at around 6 a.m. Sunday morning when 20-year-old Andrew D. Westry and 22-year-old Pedro Torres-Colon approached them. They allegedly yelled expletives and said they were going to “kick their ass.”
As noted in the story, Westry allegedly punched 55-year-old David Greiner in the face. Unfortunately for Westry, he didn’t win the game. That’s because Greiner reportedly clothes-lined him to the ground and pepper-sprayed him.
Apparently undeterred, Torres-Colon decided to go for the rebound. He allegedly approached the men and was pushed back by 57-year-old Richard Kling. He still kept swinging his fists, as noted in the report, but the runners swung back.
Meanwhile, Greiner and 50-year-old Geoff Hauck held Westry down while Torres-Colon walked away and called someone. It’s not clear who he called, but perhaps it was his momma to inform her she gave him the wrong group to knock out. During this time, Kling flagged down a motorist to borrow a cell phone and call the police while Greiner went to the police station to report the incident.
Westry is being charged with simple assault and disorderly conduct while Torres-Colon is being charged with giving false identification to law enforcement. And it’s worth noting that Greiner is the monitoring and evidence supervisor for the Lancaster Community Safety Coalition, which has a system of video cameras set up in the city. So, if anyone in town was able to get video of the incident, it would be this guy – not the best target for a criminal.
It’s great to see citizens stand up for themselves against such senseless acts of violence. A similar case occurred in Michigan when a would-be victim shot his attacker, who is now in prison.
Would you fight back if someone chose you as the next knockout victim? Would you help a friend or even a stranger if you saw an attack in progress?