ATTEMPTED MALICIOUS WOUNDING, 160211049, 1000 block of N. Quincy Street. At approximately 8:40 p.m. on February 11, an unknown male subject approached a male victim and attempted to stab him. The victim was able to use self-defense in fighting off the suspect and then fled. The suspect was accompanied by three additional male subjects. The first suspect that brandished a knife is described as a white male in his teens, approximately 5’10” tall with a slim build. The three accompanying suspects are described as males wearing grey-hoodie style jackets.
You can read the news story here
Breakdown of what was reported about the incident:
- Victim took a secluded shortcut at night RED FLAG
- Knife was brandished at some point (unclear when in the timeline of the attack) IMMEDIATE ACTION RED FLAG
- The attacker told the victim he was about to stab him as part of a gang initiation RED FLAG ON FIRE WITH SMOKE BILLOWING OUT OF IT
- The intended victim secured the attacker's wrist, then hit him in the face, potentially injuring him- look at the result first, it worked! However, there may have been opportunities to strike first or run away prior to the stabbing or brandishing of the weapon. Intelligent self-defense includes implementing options and actions prior to discovering the attacker has weapons and friends.
- As the other potential attackers attempted to closed on him he ran to safety- GOOD, he got away.
Important takeaways from this incident:
- Avoid the secluded shortcut at night
- He may have been able to run prior to the verbal engagement with the attacker but that is unclear from the reported information- have an understanding of when you can run and when running is not feasible. Running was an excellent decision when he discovered 3 more guys coming towards him.
- He was very lucky that the intended attacker forewarned him of the attack; it almost seems as though maybe the attacker wasn't committed to attack the kid. Had he been seriously committed and not announced his attack (or shown his weapon, unclear if he did this) it would have been significantly more difficult for him to defend effectively- not impossible, but more difficult.
- Its tough to say how quickly the event unraveled and at what distance, but dealing with the unknown contact is critically important,even more so when things don't "add up." Why is someone approaching me at night in a secluded area? What is his intent? In what way could this ever be advantageous for me to get drawn into this conversation with a stranger, in a secluded area, at night?
- The biggest indicator in this situation was when the intent of the attacker was determined. This is not a robbery, he didn't want your stuff. He wanted you stabbed, bleeding out, possibly dead, as part of a sick ritual. You will always have to think for yourself self defense situations, and sometimes you need to find that f**k it switch that turns you into the one doing violence, attacking the attacker, when violence cannot otherwise be avoided.
UPDATE: the kid who reported this story admitted that he made the story up and was charged with filing a false police report. This makes sense since it seemed odd that the attacker announced the attack, he was able to defend the knife attack, injure the attacker, and escape the gang unscathed.
Updated important take-away:
- Be respectful of police officer's time. Don't file false police reports. The police have plenty of real work to keep them busy.
Train smart & stay safe,
NOVA Self Defense