Magazine article The New American

A Bat at a Gun Fight

Magazine article The New American

A Bat at a Gun Fight

Article excerpt

TriCities.com out of Hurley, Virginia, reports that 21-year-old Justin Charles walked into a Justus Auto Sales center armed with a baseball bat and threatened a robbery. The 64-year-old owner of the car lot, Kenny Justus, was surprised by the actions of the young man he knew as a neighbor's kid. Justus told the news, "He just came in and sat down, I thought he looked kinda funny. ... Then he got this big wooden bat out and said, 'I'm gonna take your money and your safe." "

Justus got his gun but didn't want to shoot the attacker. "I didn't want to kill him, but I didn't want to be killed, either." Instead, Justus wrested the bat from the larger attacker and tried to knock him out with it, but the crazed Charles kept getting back up. Justus beat him so many times with the bat that blood splattered all over the office. Justus told the news, "I beat on him until that bat was in three pieces. …

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