Reality and Sanity

June 27, 2007

Not an Easy Mark

Filed under: Stupid Criminal Tricks — Paul @ 4:10 pm

Just because a man is over 70 doesn’t mean they can’t handle themselves, as one dude found out: Ex-Marine Teaches Pickpocket a Lesson.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) – Bill Barnes says he was scratching off a losing $2 lottery ticket inside a gas station when he felt a hand slip into his front-left pants pocket, where he had $300 in cash.

He immediately grabbed the person’s wrist with his left hand and started throwing punches with his right, landing six or seven blows before a store manager intervened.

“I guess he thought I was an easy mark,” Barnes, 72, told The Grand Rapids Press for a story Tuesday.

First off, there is no such thing as an ex-Marine, as any retired Marine will tell you. They are former Marines. Some still consider themselves Marines, simply no longer in the Armed Forces.

Second, the former Marine was also a Golden Gloves boxer before his military service.

Third (if the first two wasn’t enough) the former Marine and Golden Gloves boxer is a retired 20-year ironworker.

Jesse Daniel Rae, the 27-year-old Newaygo County man accused of trying to pick Barnes’ pocket, was arraigned Monday in Rockford District Court on one count of unarmed robbery, a 15-year felony.

Barnes said he had just withdrawn the money from a bank machine and put it in the pocket of his shorts before driving to the Marathon service station and Next Door Food Store in Comstock Park, a Grand Rapids suburb.

He remembers noticing a patron acting suspiciously, asking the price of different brands of cigarettes and other items. While turned away, Barnes felt the hand in his pocket, so he took action.

“I guess I acted on instinct,” he said.

Kent County sheriff’s deputies said the store manager quickly came around the counter. The three of them struggled through the front door, where two witnesses said the manager slammed Rae to the ground and held him there.

“There was blood everywhere,” said another manager on duty, Abby Ostrom, 25.

I’ll bet there was.

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