Armed Citizen® Today A Lyft driver in Cleveland, Ohio, was forced to defend herself when two men assaulted her during an attempted carjacking early in the morning of Jan. 10, 2021.
The Lyft driver picked up the two young men at an apartment complex around 1:00 a.m. She was suspicious of the fact that one of the two young men insisted on sitting in the front seat next to her, breaking company COVID-19 protocol. She then drove the pair to their intended destination, which turned out to be a closed sports plant.
The driver was concerned by the fact that the plant was closed, and rightfully so, as the pair then attacked her. The passenger in the back seat choked her while the other began punching her in the face and took her phone. However, the driver fought back against this unfair attack by pulling out her licensed concealed-carry handgun out of the center console and firing at the attackers. In response, the two young men fled the vehicle and ran off.
The driver then went to the police station to report the incident. Police have not yet found the two attackers, who are facing attempted kidnapping and aggravated robbery charges. Lyft fired the driver, as she violated the company's "No Weapons" policy. (13abc.com, Cleveland, Ohio, 01/13/2021)
From the Armed Citizen® Archives June 1967
Two Sacramento, Calif., brothers, Daniel and Michael Valverde, were alerted in the early hours by noises at the rear of their home. Arming themselves with a shotgun, they found three men loading a truck with property from a neighbor's garage. Daniel held the men at gunpoint while his brother summoned the police. Sheriff John Misterly commented: "We could use more good work such as this by citizens. I compliment them." (Sacramento Bee, Sacramento, Calif.)