Ex-Marine Teaches Pickpocket a Lesson

Ex-Marine Teaches Pickpocket a Lesson
June 27th, 2007  

Topic: Ex-Marine Teaches Pickpocket a Lesson

Ex-Marine Teaches Pickpocket a Lesson
Ex-Marine Teaches Pickpocket a Lesson

Posted: 2007-06-26 18:48:25
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) - Bill Barnes says he was scratching off a losing $2 lottery ticket inside a gas station when he felt a hand slip into his front-left pants pocket, where he had $300 in cash.

He immediately grabbed the person's wrist with his left hand and started throwing punches with his right, landing six or seven blows before a store manager intervened.

"I guess he thought I was an easy mark," Barnes, 72, told The Grand Rapids Press for a story Tuesday.

He's anything but an easy mark: Barnes served in the Marines, was an accomplished Golden Gloves boxer and retired after 20 years as an iron worker.

Jesse Daniel Rae, the 27-year-old Newaygo County man accused of trying to pick Barnes' pocket, was arraigned Monday in Rockford District Court on one count of unarmed robbery, a 15-year felony.

Barnes said he had just withdrawn the money from a bank machine and put it in the pocket of his shorts before driving to the Marathon service station and Next Door Food Store in Comstock parkBarnes was a regional runner-up in Golden Gloves competition in the novice and open divisions before enlisting in the Marines in 1956.

He lived most of his adult life in Comstock Park with his wife, Patricia, before recently moving to Ottawa County. The couple have three children.

After retiring as an iron worker, he now works part-time as a starter at a golf course.

Barnes said he'd probably do the same thing again under the same circumstances, if for no other reason than what he would face back home.

"I wouldn't want my wife to give me hell for lettin' that guy get my money," he said with a smile.

Information from: The Grand Rapids Press, http://www.mlive.com/grpress

Copyright 2007 The Associated Press. The information contained in the AP news report may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or otherwise distributed without the prior written authority of The Associated Press. All active hyperlinks have been inserted by AOL.

06/26/07 18:47 EDT


Man, every story I read is about a WWII or Korean era Marine Vet. Lesson of the story. If an old guy as a ball and bird somewhere onm him. Don't frak with him or you will surely die.

Similar Topics
USMC cadences
Marine Corps Knowledge
Ex-Marine Teaches Pickpocket a Lesson
Marines from 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit motivate students at Richmond schools
Help the expert please ( Fahenheit 911 ).