Don't mess with is 72 year old man, he'll beat ya like a dog

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Rommelvon, Jun 27, 2007.

  1. Rommelvon

    Rommelvon New Member

    Aug 6, 2006
    Goldsboro, NC

    I love stories like this----Semper Fi

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — 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.

    He's anything but an easy mark: Barnes served in the Marines, was an accomplished Golden Gloves boxer and retired after 20 years as an iron worker.

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    Barnes said he had just withdrawn the money from a bank machine and put it in the pocket of his shorts before driving to the Marathon service station and Next Door Food Store in Comstock Park,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

    Barnes was a regional runner-up in Golden Gloves competition in the novice and open divisions before enlisting in the Marines in 1956.

    He lived most of his adult life in Comstock Park with his wife, Patricia, before recently moving to Ottawa County. The couple have three children.

    After retiring as an iron worker, he now works part-time as a starter at a golf course.

    Barnes said he'd probably do the same thing again under the same circumstances, if for no other reason than what he would face back home.

    "I wouldn't want my wife to give me hell for lettin' that guy get my money," he said with a smile.

  2. bunnyhunter12

    bunnyhunter12 New Member

    Oh YEAH! Hope that A-hole gets 15 years to think about how he shouldn't mess with older people. Way to go Marine.

  3. rosierita

    rosierita Active Member

    Mar 13, 2004
    South Carolina
  4. Don Buckbee

    Don Buckbee New Member

    May 25, 2004
    Grayling, MI
    Kudos to Barnes, and the store manager.
  5. SouthernMoss

    SouthernMoss *Admin Tech Staff*

    Jan 1, 2003
    SW MS
    Dontcha just love it when the good guys win?
  6. Marlin T

    Marlin T Well-Known Member

    Jul 8, 2005
    New Mexico
    That is great!!!!!!

    And to think, he was worried about what his wife would have given him, LOL. She must be a tough lady too.
  7. Marlin

    Marlin *TFF Admin Staff Chief Counselor*

    Great job, Leatherneck.

    Semper Fi !!!!!!!!
  8. pickenup

    pickenup Active Member

    I like a happy ending. :D
  9. JohnK3

    JohnK3 New Member

    May 5, 2003
    That was so good, I had to send it to one of the Marines from the "Git-R-Done" thread!
  10. Silencer

    Silencer Well-Known Member

    That's nothing (not really, that's quite something). Check out what this 71 year-old man did today in Florida. An internet buddy showed me this. It happened near his town. An uncle of his works for the local police station. Nearly every officer has scheduled a dinner with this man. Awesome.
  11. bunnyhunter12

    bunnyhunter12 New Member

    Now I must say, "WAY TO GO MARINES". This shows the kind of man the Corps produces, THE BEST KIND. Kind of a chicken and the egg situation I guess, do great men become Marines or do Marines become great men (and Women).
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