Dad with Gun Runs Off Teen Daughter’s Attempted Kidnappers

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Teens Planned To Kidnap The 17-Year-Old Daughter
Teens Planned To Kidnap The 17-Year-Old Daughter
Bob Irwin
Bob Irwin

USA –-(Ammoland.com)- The Miami Herald reported 11/09/2017 a prepared Florida father thwarted an attempt to invade his home and kidnap his daughter. The four teenagers had made extensive preparations for the attempted complex crime.

The sheriff’s office said on Facebook that inside the SUV they were driving, the four teens had stockpiled masks, guns, a knife, a roll of tape and latex gloves.

They even put barrels on the road leading to the family’s home, apparently hoping to obstruct the teenage girl’s path to the house as she arrived home so she would get out of the car.

But that wasn’t enough to make it past their would-be victim’s father, according to the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office. The kidnappers’ plans started to go awry when the girl saw the barrels and simply drove around them. She then called her 51-year-old father to tell him about the roadblocks.

A short time later, around 10:30 p.m., the father heard dogs barking and a car door slam. Automatic floodlights on the house were activated and the father armed himself with a gun to go investigate.

The sheriff’s office said the father found someone trying to break into his garage. He fired three shots and the would-be intruders fled into the woods.

Responding Officers caught up with four teens driving a white 2016 Jeep Liberty away from the crime scene. They had concocted an elaborate plot to kidnap the 17-year-old daughter of a man they believed to be wealthy, and to rob the family’s home in the process said the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s office.

The Okaloosa County Sheriff said a 19-year old and three others have been charged with attempted kidnapping and attempted robbery.

The oldest, a 19-year old adult was taken to the Okaloosa County Jail. The minors, a 17 year old boy, a 16 year old boy and a 15 year old girl were booked at a juvenile detention center.

Comments:

Talk about picking the wrong victims! Here we have an armed household and a plan of action where everybody knew what to do saves the day!

Even to most elaborate home invasion can be thwarted with well thought out planning and preparation. Were we all so well prepared, home invasions would quickly become a thing of the past.

Apparently none of the defensive shots hit anyone, intruders or neighbors, I assume by design. Anyone this well prepared would likely have an idea of the legal entanglements involved in shooting intruders. In any event, the results are a perfect defensive shooting!

Bob Irwin, Las Vegas

About Bob Irwin

Bob is retired after 30 years of ownership of The Gun Store & Indoor Range in Las Vegas. He continues his 2A issues show “Fired Up with Bob Irwin” on YouTube and on KLEY 1230 AM, The Nevada Talk Network on Saturdays at Noon PST. Bob is a firearm instructor of Concealed Firearm Applicants, Armed Security Officer and Law Enforcement Academies over his career, Bob appears frequently as an expert witness for firearm & use of force cases in Federal, State and local courts.

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Pa John
Pa John
2 years ago

Common censorship techniques in U.S. corporate media include but are not limited to, if a local politician gets into some sort of legal trouble and their political affiliation is never mentioned, you have to know to assume democrat, since if it were a republican this information would likely be found prominently displayed in the headline, or at least repeatedly mentioned throughout the story, if not both. If it is a crime report and the race / color / religion of the perpetrator(s) is “left unmentioned” (censored out), you have to know the _area_ where the crime occurred, so as to… Read more »

michael patterson
michael patterson
2 years ago
Reply to  Pa John

That kind of thinking is why we had to make a choice in 2016 of two completely unqualified candidates . 1. Not every Democrat is against firearms , even though that is what you have been taught,(and evidently believe), I am a life long Democrat and a life long gun owner. 2. The only “Media” that I can see, that is controlled by a political organization are FOX and CNN. Try to listen to other sources of information with an open mind and do a little common sense research. 3.Like it or not, America is and always will be BIG.… Read more »

Vanns40
Vanns40
2 years ago

Michael: A comment and a question. Healthcare is not a Right that is guaranteed to anyone. Now the question, as a professed Democrat, do you believe in any gun control laws?

Looking forward to your answer.

TennX
TennX
2 years ago

: Excellent point. And at very affordable prices and wireless at that! My brother has two wireless alerts on his driveway, one at the entrance and the second up close.

Core
Core
2 years ago

No need for primitive perimeter devices, when you can have infrared cameras on a dvr linked to a silent alarm output and flood lights.

Dave in Fairfax
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Dave in Fairfax
2 years ago
Reply to  Core

Hi tech is nice, I use infrared cams.
OTOH, low tech works when there isn’t any power and is much less likely to have technical failures.
For the cost of a hi-tech setup, I can put up so many mouse trap sets that the person will break their own neck tripping over them. Not to mention the permanent hearing loss. It’ll sound like Nam. Most people don’t hang around with that kind of noise going on. Some might not be noise makers.

durabo
durabo
2 years ago

Attention anyone reading this; We preppers would like to know where we can get trip-wire devices firing blank cartridges (any caliber or gauge). Thank you!

Durabo

Dave in Fairfax
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Dave in Fairfax
2 years ago
Reply to  durabo

They’re called mouse traps. Check your local dollar store.

gcm
gcm
2 years ago

It also seems pretty smart on the daughters part to drive around the phony barrels that were placed on the road, or could have just been a little luck, but either way that might have saved her from a quick grab and tossed into the vehicle. Glad to see it was a happy ending for the family that could have turned in to a tragedy real quick. Maybe a few of those 12ga. blank trip wire traps around the perimeter of the house and property might be called for, at least give a good indication of what direction they might… Read more »

Wild Bill
Wild Bill
2 years ago
Reply to  gcm

@gcm, 12 ga. blank trip wire traps? I could go for some of those. Got a website or company name for those? I would be most appreciative.

durabo
durabo
2 years ago

What? No charges for illegal possession of firearms by the four MINORS?

Jericho Joe
Jericho Joe
2 years ago

I don’t really see a “well prepared defense” other than having a weapon in the home. I do think they were very lucky it was teens trying to pull off the caper. Had the invasion taken place at 3:30 AM it may have been a different outcome all together. I mean, who is fast asleep at 10:30 PM? I guess a later plan would have interfered with their curfew. I don’t mean to belittle the seriousness of the situation, anyone would be appalled at the thought of their daughter or any other family member being a target of any crime.… Read more »

Wild Bill
Wild Bill
2 years ago
Reply to  Jericho Joe

@Jericho Joe, “well prepared defense” consists fore thought, layered preparations, and situational awareness. In the instant case, this father did pretty good. Dogs, lights, and accessible firearms. I would suggest fencing, more dogs, reinforced doors, and a really important talk about situational awareness with the daughter.

Vanns40
Vanns40
2 years ago
Reply to  Wild Bill

I might disagree with you, Bill, to the extent that the daughter saw and then drove around the barrels AND called her father. There may well be some facts that are missing from the story, after all, it is a media account of what happened and may be shortened from what actually occurred.

Wild Bill
Wild Bill
2 years ago
Reply to  Vanns40

, OK.

durabo
durabo
2 years ago
Reply to  Vanns40

What is missing, for example, is that the kidnappers are from an Hispanic* gang. It is considered politically incorrect to mention this fact. The comrades of the LameStream EneMedia attempt to mold opinion, rather than inform the public..

* As George Orwell so aptly wrote, “All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal thin others.”

gandolf
gandolf
2 years ago
Reply to  durabo

And Smith and Wesson made the less equal animals more equal.

Jericho Joe
Jericho Joe
2 years ago
Reply to  Wild Bill

Agreed. Motion sensor lighting, dogs and not having your firearms locked away could be considered as a plan. As well as being aware enough to hear the K-9 alert, car door slam and noticing the flood lights illuminating the yard could be considered situational awareness. It kinda falls apart, for me, when three shots are fired at someone trying to break into his garage, “possibly by design”, I just don’t think these facts rise to the definition of being Well Laid Plans. Some may disagree. I just don’t think the “plan” would have held up as well if it were… Read more »

gcm
gcm
2 years ago
Reply to  Wild Bill

@wild Bill, your other comment did not make it here yet but did make it to my email. Don’t know
if they will allow it but to answer your question find them on that company that starts with E and ends
with bay.

Vanns40
Vanns40
2 years ago
Reply to  Wild Bill

@Wild Bill: These, with a tripwire, tied to a tree, while non-lethal, will spoil your day and let everyone know you’ve been where you’re not supposed to be!
https://www.hustlepaintball.com/Empire-Battle-Tested-M8-Paint-Grenade-Yellow-p/26032101.htm

Wild Bill
Wild Bill
2 years ago
Reply to  Vanns40

@Van, Thank you. Thank you, very much!

gcm
gcm
2 years ago
Reply to  Wild Bill

Earl, Bob, Allen, Yonkers.

vab
vab
2 years ago
Reply to  Jericho Joe

A lot of people are fast asleep at 10:30 PM, like those who get up at 4 AM to be at work at 5 AM. Don’t be so ignorant, just because you and all of your friends are up until 2 AM doesn’t mean that’s the norm for most people.
And yes, this man did indeed plan for break-ins. He had his weapon ready and it seems obvious that he was well-practiced (hmmm…sounds a lot like “well-regulated,” doesn’t it?) with his home defense weapon.

Wild Bill
Wild Bill
2 years ago
Reply to  vab

@vab, I concur with every thing that you have written. I do think that the family needs to add a layer or two, now that some thing has happened. I would suggest six foot chain link dense, gate lock, and a trio of free “inside the wire” patrolling canine security specialists. More flood lights pointed out from the house. Mom and kids should be taught to shoot. Four right turns on the way home technique. And none of this is very expensive.