Around 9PM, Dalton Huckaby, popular personal trainer and 2013 Bare Chest Calendar model, was on his way home from work walking down 17th Street near Noe St speaking to a friend on his iPhone 5 when it was cruelly torn from his hand by a thief who ran off with the phone at a break neck pace.
The criminal who snagged the phone used his running start and sneak attack to prevent Mr. Huckaby from being able to describe him beyond generalities.
Mr. Huckaby isn’t what you’d imagine most criminals would point to as an ‘easy target’. Well built and confident in his movements he immediately reacted and started to chase after the mugger.
Before he’d taken a few steps however he found himself attacked by a second, unseen assailant from behind, who blindsided and knocked him forcefully to the ground . Mr Huckaby slammed the pavement hard suffering bad scrapes and bruises to his face and hand. He lay stunned and disoriented from the surprise cold-cocking.
By the time he regained his composure the second culprit was hovering nearby under a tree obscuring a clear shot of his face from Dalton’s view. He was gripping something in his hand. Mr. Huckaby believed there was a decent chance it was a gun or other weapon.
Smartly choosing not to confront a thief who might be armed, and fearing for his life, Mr. Huckaby withdrew while his cowardly batterer faded into the night.
The City-to it’s credit-has taken notice and initiated steps to combat the surge in crime.
The simple idea: Give everyone a whistle. If you get attacked blow it loud and continuously as you try to get away. If you saw someone being attacked, blow it. Hear the sound of a whistle blow? Blow yours and run to their aid not away from it. The whistles create a cacophony of noise as each person who hears the shrill tweet adds their whistle’s voice alerting everyone and anyone there is a problem. Simple, creative, genius.
Sent from my iPhone 5