In some situations, fending off your attacker is the only option. Take a look at six individuals who fought back in badass and unbelievable ways!
1. Elderly woman fights off robber with bacon packet
In the summer of 2016, an 86-year-old UK woman fended off a robber with a packet of bacon. According to Metro, the woman had just taken money out of a cash machine before going into a supermarket. She was confronted by a woman who demanded her cash. The elderly woman wasn’t having it and instead repeatedly hit the criminal over the head with a packet of bacon. That was enough to startle the attacker, according to the report. It caused her to flee the supermarket.
2. Child uses karate moves to fight his dad’s disgruntled ex
An 8-year-old used his karate training to fend off an adult attacker in 2013. According to CafeMom, Jacob Soliz-Amaya was attacked by his father's ex-girlfriend Helen Newsome. She reportedly hid in the child’s Maryland home for 12 hours, waiting until Soliz-Amaya’s dad went to work .She reportedly tried to smother Jacob in his bedroom by covering his mouth. The boy responded with bold karate moves.
"So I head butted her and then I beat her up,” he said in the report. The woman then grabbed a nearby dumbbell and hit the child in the head with it. He was able to escape to a neighbor's until police arrived. He needed stitches on his head, but his karate moves may have saved this brave kid's life.
According to the report, Soliz-Amaya’s father and Newsome recently broke up, and this was her heinous revenge. Thankfully, it was foiled.
3. Passenger saves bus driver by beating her attacker with cane
A good samaritan used a cane to rescue a bus driver who was being attacked in January. A female bus driver pulled over to call for help after a passenger became confrontational, according to NBC News. While calling for help, the aggressive man attacked her from behind and grabbed at her neck and face. The woman screamed for help. Another passenger sprang into action and beat the attacker with his cane. This gave the bus driver the opportunity to flee from the hold of the attacker. The good samaritan beat the culprit until his cane broke. Kansas City Area Transportation Authority was so grateful, they asked for the man to come forward so they could thank him and replace his cane.
4. Jogger uses self-defense strategies to fight off sex offender
Last month, a Seattle jogger fended off a serial attacker by using self defense tactics she had recently learned. 36-year-old Kelly Herron stopped to use a public restroom while running in a popular park, according to ABC News.
"As I was drying my hands, I became aware that something was wrong," she said in the report. She turned around to see a man standing in the bathroom.
"He immediately took me down to the ground, hit both my knees and legs, and then it was a fight on the bathroom floor, and I just kept screaming, 'Not today, m-----f-----,'" she said.
Herron said she used self-defense tactics that she learned in a class just three weeks earlier, according to the report. In that class, she was taught to target hard bones and soft fleshy places. She kept hitting the side of the attacker’s head and scratched at his face. When she was able to break free, she and a passerby used a carabiner to lock the attacker in the bathroom until police came. Her attacker was Gary Steiner, a 40-year-old registered sex offender from Arizona. He has an assault record against multiple women dating to the 1990s, according to police.
5. Uber driver maces violent Taco Bell executive
California Uber driver Edward Caban was attacked by a vicious passenger in 2015. According to CTV News, the passenger was aggressive from the start. He refused to put on his seatbelt and swore at the driver, all while fading in and out of consciousness. The rider did not leave the car when asked. The driver stated, “get out of my car or I will call the police.” The passenger responded by repeatedly beating the driver in the head from behind. In addition to punching the Uber driver, the unruly rider kept trying to slam his head into the glass. The driver was able to click off the saftey of his mace and sprayed his attacker.
“I turned around and I emptied as much of that spray as I could into his face until he got out of the car,” he said in the report.
When police arrived, the attacker was vomiting from the mace spray. He was identified as Benjamin Golden, a Taco Bell Executive. The incident was caught on dash cam video and the passenger was banned from using Uber ever again.
According to CBS News Taco Bell fired Golden after viewing the video.
Bizarrely, Golden responded by announcing that he is suing the driver for $5 million, claiming that Caban recorded him "illegally." This after Caban filed a $25,000 lawsuit claim against Golden.
No word on the outcome of the lawsuits. But in 2015, Golden was sentenced to 60 days in jail for the attack according to an NBC affiliate in Los Angeles.
6. Mormon missionaries fight off armed attacker
Two Mormon missionaries were accosted by an armed robber while working at a Brazil mission.
According to a Fox affiliate in Utah, two men rode up on a motorcycle next to two Mormon missionaries. One man got off the motorcycle and appeared to have a gun. A missionary sprang into fight mode and wrestled the gun away. The missionary then pointed the gun at his attacker and fought off both men.
International security expert David Acosta said in the report would not comment on whether the missionary made a good decision in grabbing the gun. He did say, in general, it’s better to hand over whatever the robbers want.
“If you don’t feel like your life is for sure in danger, like you’re going to be shot, then just hand over whatever it is you have. Don’t resist because it is so dangerous. So dangerous to resist,” he said.
A Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints spokesman released the following statement:
“We are grateful that this incident did not end tragically, either for the missionaries or the other individuals involved. The guidance given to missionaries is to avoid conflict. Every situation is unique, and as adults, missionaries must make decisions about their safety. In this case, the assailant had a weapon and the missionary reacted in the moment to protect his life and that of his companion.”
The church hasn’t been able to identify either of the missionaries and said that no one will be disciplined over the incident.