LYNNWOOD, Wash. — Three U.S. Marine Corps recruiters said they heard repeated honking from inside their office on Tuesday around 5:00 p.m. -- when they ran out to see what was going on.The woman, apparently a retired police officer, actually was doing OK on her own. She had dropped her purse to the ground, shoved one of the would-be robbers and was chasing them with her pickup truck when the Marines arrived:
"We thought there was road rage involved or a fight broke loose," said Sgt. Riccardo Schebesta.
Schebesta and two other recruiters rushed outside and saw a woman yelling for help.
"She said, ‘Help me I’m being robbed.’ I stopped paying attention to her. She's not the problem," said Staff Sgt. Ben Shoemaker.
He immediately saw one of the suspects, and ran to try and catch them.
"No -- that kid was never going to outrun me," Shoemaker added. "Marines run towards the sound of chaos."
Moments earlier, Lynnwood Police said that the woman was confronted by two robbery suspects.
Officers said the woman in her 60's was getting into her pick-up truck in the parking lot of the Alderwood Mall.
Two teenagers then attempted robbing her, and one of them said he had a gun.
She couldn't get to them, but Shoemaker detained 18-year-old Diego Tavares with a technique called the arm bar.As is often the case, the Navy, Army and Marine Corps recruiting offices in Lynnwood are at the same location -- probably in an office suite. But who ran out to help? Yeah, that's right. Fox News featured the story on its "Fox and Friends" morning show. Heck, these guys just scored so much good PR for the Marines, they'll probably get medals. Maybe the Navy-Marine Corps Achievement Medal for making the Marines look good. The counterargument, of course, is that it's so easy to make the Marines look good, no medals are necessary. That's not what motivates these guys, after all. Semper Fi, fellas.
"An arm bar keeps him on his feet, but keeps him compliant," said Shoemaker.
Hat tip to Hot Air.
UPDATE: Hot Air uses this quote from one of the Marines. When the woman being robbed told the Marines one of the perpetrators had a gun, they didn't hesitate:
“I’ve been shot at before. It’s not as bad as everyone thinks,” Shoemaker said in an earlier interview. “Most people miss.”