Realities Created, Maintained and Destroyed, WHILE-U-WAIT!

Friday, February 23, 2007

Old Age and Treachery Strike Again

This was just sent to me by Steve Van Harn

A seventy year old American Tourist in Costa Rica kills a man trying to mug him with his bare hands!

Associated Press

SAN JOSE, Costa Rica — An American senior citizen killed an alleged mugger with his bare hands, and his traveling companions aboard a tour bus fended off two other assailants in the Atlantic coast city of Limon, police said.

A retired member of the U.S. military aged about 70 put suspect Warner Segura in a head lock and broke his clavicle after the 20-year-old and two other men armed with a knife and gun held up their tour bus, Luis Hernandez, the police chief of Limon, 80 miles east of San Jose, said Thursday. Segura was later declared dead, apparently from asphyxiation.

The two other men fled when the 12 senior citizens started defending themselves during the Wednesday attack. Afterward, the tourists drove Segura to the Red Cross where he was declared dead. The Red Cross also treated one of the tourists for an anxiety attack, Hernandez said.

The tourists left on their Carnival cruise ship after the incident and Hernandez said authorities do not plan to press any charges against them.

"They were in their right to defend themselves after being held up," he said.

Hernandez said Segura had previous charges against him for assaults.

n a media statement, Miami, Fla.-based Carnival Cruise Lines said the Wednesday incident occurred during an outing at a Limon beach which a group of a dozen passengers had arranged on their own.

"According to witnesses, while sightseeing at a local beach, the group of guests were approached by three assailants, one of whom was armed," the statement said.

"The victims struggled with the armed perpetrator, and were able to disarm him. During this process, the gunman's two accomplices fled the scene. In the course of disarming and restraining the assailant, he died from apparent asphyxiation."

Neither the Costa Rican police nor Carnival identified the man involved in the struggle with the mugger.

The cruise line said the guests were questioned by local law enforcement and then returned to the ship. The ship's departure from Limon was slightly delayed to await their return.

"All of the guests involved, who had booked the cruise together as a group, have opted to continue with their vacation plans. Carnival is providing full support and assistance to the guests," according to the statement.

The ship, The Carnival Liberty, continued on its scheduled itinerary, with a port call scheduled in Colon, Panama.


Dan Gambiera said...

W00t for him!

Anonymous said...

Yepp old age and treachery..don't muck with old folks..they're not old for nothing...

Sean said...

When I saw the first paragraph, I figured it would end with man who defended himself being "detained" for murder or some similar american-in-a-foreign-jackpot ending.

Nice to see common sense beats my pessimism one again

Ruth said...

pardon me for being dense; what is there about this story to celebrate?


Dan Gambiera said...

The innocent people were all fine. The bad people left and are being pursued by the authorities. One very bad person will not be hurting anyone again. That sounds like a Good Thing(tm) all round to me.

Ruth said...

yeah, I s'pose the "perpetrator" is better off, too - will never have need again - his life was likely small, anyway.....

and more good news - dinner was only slightly delayed for the Carnival innocents

i guess you're right - everyone was a winner - Good Thing(tm)


Dan Gambiera said...

The friction here comes from a fundamental difference in perspective.

By my lights every human life starts off valuable and unique. Everyone is entitled to a great deal of human consideration. A person's actions can change that. If you pick up a gun or a knife and rob innocent elderly people you have forfeited a huge chunk of it. At that point the lives of the innocent are much more important than those of the bandit.

Ruth said...

Hi Dan (and anyone else who may be listening) - I surely don't wish to defend an agressor - and I agree with you that our actions must bear consequences - - - however - I disagree that one's life loses its essential value with misdeeds - rather I have a stronger faith in the possibility of REDEMPTION. I would much prefer a story where no lives are lost, (I have a feeling that the innocents in this story are not exactly rejoicing at the outcome, as well). What really makes me sick at heart is that the whole episode was likely over "stuff" (jewelry, cameras, cash) - is there really THAT much moral difference in taking a life in order to hold on to a few material possessions than to threaten a life in an attempt to steal those objects? (two sides of a selfish coin, in my view)
The kind of story that inspires me most is the one in which the "perpetrator" has a complete change of heart - is disarmed by character, rather than by force - (ever read Victor Hugo's "Les Miserables"?) - yep, perhaps I'm naive (not as naive as you might expect though - I've had at least one encounter with an armed stranger in my life)

So yes, Dan, our innocents are not to blame for the actions of the coveting aggressors , and not to be blamed for defending themselves the best way they knew how - I simply cannot rejoice that the resolution required a death.

thanks for a engaging me in conversation....

Dan Gambiera said...

I see your 70 and raise you 30.