Store Employee Fatally Shoots Armed Robber

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Darwin Villatoro
Darwin Villatoro : The Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office says deputies found Darwin Villatoro lying on the ground near Tienda Mexicana in Candler about 8:30 p.m.
Bob Irwin
Bob Irwin

USA –-( The Citizen Times (USA Network) reports in Candler, North Carolina 12-24-2016, authorities in western North Carolina say a 21-year-old man was fatally shot while robbing a Mexican grocery store. A store employee fatally shot the armed robber.

The Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office says deputies found the suspect lying on the ground near Tienda Mexicana in Candler about 8:30 p.m.

A store employee called 911. The Asheville resident was pronounced dead at the scene. The sheriff’s office says the employee who called 911 told deputies a robber brandished a gun, and the two exchanged gunfire.

The caller was not injured. He said the robber came in wearing a ski mask and glasses. At the time, no other customers in the store, which sells Mexican and South American food.


Nice. The criminal picked the wrong place to rob! A pretty cut and dried case, when they come in with a mask and a firearm, shooting in self-defense is a clear and correct choice.

This is where practicing with your firearm pays huge dividends. No time to fumble around with your holster or your firearms’ safety controls.

The smooth, fast, well-practiced, draw and engage wins most every time!

Bob Irwin, The Gun Store, Las Vegas

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Great savings on imprisonment, trial, food, medical and dental care, so-called “rehabilitation,” etc. Quick cremation or a pine box in potter’s field. “Punto final.” Gee – authorities had a photo of Darwin! I wonder why.


Hmmm… pretty sharp, there. He’s dead at the scene, but they have a mugshot looking image of him, eyes wide open and smirk on his face. Musta had priors. Any bets that handgun was illegally possessed, even if not stolen? That was my first impression, too.

Yup. No more tortillas and frijoles for that muñeco at taxpayer’s expense.


An illegal alien may not possess a firearm or ammo – period.


No discrimination issues here. Hispanic robs Mexican food store and is shot by another Hispanic. Apparently an equal opportunity owner.


Aptly named, that Darwin.


I noticed that… He was destined for this outcome form birth.

Paul G.

All people are destined for death from birth for their sins by the righteous judgement of Jesus Christ. Some, because they steal, and others because they deny the God who made them by devaluing those who look different from themselves. For which sins do you deserve death if you were caught in the act as he was? I wonder what it is about your appearance that has been known from birth, that reveals that you are worthy of death. All are equally made in Gods image and therefore equally accountable to Him. Turn even now to Gods appointed Savoir of… Read more »