Skip to comments.San Francisco Woman Apprehends Burglar with Bear Spray [armed citizen]
Posted on 12/01/2012 4:30:19 PM PST by grundle
Sick and tired of a burglar stealing packages from homes in her neighborhood, a San Francisco woman took matters into her own hands on Tuesday, according to the Daily Mail.
Luring the thief with a dummy package, Sonya Yu sprayed him with bear repellent and threatened him with a wooden sword, chasing him away. Minutes later, the alleged burglar, Andy Anduha, 51, was apprehended by law enforcement.
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Yu, a photographer, recounted the entire incident on her Twitter account as events unfolded.
Yu informed her followers that several items had been stolen by Anduha. "He steals packages from door stoops - stole $1K+ worth from us earlier in the fall. He's been targeting our neighborhood."
"My bear spray, bokken, & I are still not intimidated,'" she tweeted Tuesday at 2:10 p.m. A bokken is a wooden sword used for samurai training.
Shortly after 4:45 p.m. the same day she tweeted, "I GOT HIM WITH THE BEAR SPRAY BUT HE ESCAPED." Then, less than 15 minutes later, "I AM PUTTING HIM UNDER CITIZENS ARREST RIGHT NOW WITH 4 COPS."
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Bear spray is dangerous and harsh and can blind humans. Good for her.
Tweeting while chasing burglars might be bad for your health
Working for the right to arm bears!
Wasp and hornet spray is rumored to be a cheaper alternative to bear spray, and it doesn’t arouse suspicion like bear spray does.
Buckshot would have been more effective but would have gotten her arrested in San Francisco.
Wasp and hornet spray could very well do permanent damage.
I wouldn't recommend wasp or hornet spray except to save ones life.
What works better is wasp spray...nasty stuff and has better range than bear spray. People in the Yukon Territory often carry wasp spray instead of bear.
Since it’s CA and esp. SF., she’ll be charged with using a product for which it wasn’t intended. Now if she were protecting herself from a bear, well then ....
Obviously one of Obama’s voters!
Using spray where one was justified in using deadly force could be acceptable but maybe not wise.
Using deadly force where one was only justified in use a lesser degree of force will land one in a lot of trouble.
Using force that causes some one permanent damage may or may not be justifiable.
Using pepper spray is not considered to be causing permanent damage. Where other sprays that have not been developed for use against humans or animals might be considered excessive.
Didn’t see it yet.... but it the Food Stamp President had a son .....
In 1973, when I was an AF captain assigned to Hill AFB, UT, the Ogden Air Logistic Center Commander, my boss and I were given a guided tour of Tooele Army Depot. At that time Tooele held much of the US stockpile of nerve gas. The person giving us the tour told us that Black Flag insect spray had the same ingredients as nerve gas, only in a very greatly dilute form. So, if you spray enough of the Black Flag insect spray on the perp you may put out his lights permanently, not that I would feel too bad about that.
I was out hiking when I found myself between a grizzly sow and her cubs. She immediately charged me. I reached into my pack for my can of wasp spray when I remembered I had used it at home and forgot to put it back. I had one of those OFF mosquito fan things, so I turned it on and pointed it at her. She pulled up right in front of me and grabbed the machine.
“My, my,” she said. “What will they think of next?”
Then she ate me.
Bear spray is milder than the pepper spray made to defend against people.
Oh, dangerous man
The sulphurous cloud engulfs
Running away’s naught.
“Since its CA and esp. SF., shell be charged with using a product for which it wasnt intended.”
You’re not far off... the SF Comical calls her a “vigilante”.
OK. Ya gotta now tell me what that’s from.
I guess then you could add disorderly conduct to her charges. What right did she have to interrupt someone going about their daily business. It was his job to burgle .../sarc
I guess then you could add disorderly conduct, harassment and assault to her charges. What right did she have to interrupt someone going about their daily business. It was his job to burgle .../sarc
he sees what he wants
he takes what he wants
she gives him what he deserves
Little correction of my last comment here. Some (not all) pepper sprays for defense against people may be as weak as bear spray, but the stronger ones aren’t. [EPA says that more than 2 percent O.C. is inhumane, or something like that.] Bears are more sensitive to the stuff than humans.
For bear defense (if needed) while doing chores, though, I’d rather rely on a Ruger Blackhawk hot-rodded with special, hardened, heavy and somewhat fast, flat-nosed .45 Colt loads (or .44 magnum for those who like the extra bit of recoil while lacking single action training). ...but no bear problems around here. In their season, they frequently walk right on by this place for water and mind their own business.
I suspect that’s it’s a felony to use bear spray on a person, except in a life-threatening situation, which this doesn’t appear to be close to. So she did take some chance here.
Having said that, she is definitely NOT GUILTY, for multiple reasons.
It was my very poor attempt at a haiku.
If I have something under my sink, and I grab and use it to ward someone off, they’ll regret it if they decide I was in error to use whatever I had on hand. I will use that soapbox.
Eventually she will have to defend against assault and battery charges and possibly attempted maiming. Just give 'em a little time.
A jury may save her but not from the costs. Finally she will have to face the perp's civil suit.
They’re importing the moronic laws from the UK where the perpetrator is the innocent party and the victim the assaulter.
SF is also world class at creating their own moronic laws.
Some of what I read about SF is maddening. Not just the laws. One time a few years back our service men were returning to the US and the plane made a fuel stop but not at Travis AFB. I think it was the main airport there. Anyway the mayor of SF forbade the troops from disembarking for a leg stretch while the plane refueled. Didn’t want our service people in their city environs.
Actually, not any more.
The most potent forms of nerve gas(es) (eg, VX, GA, GB, GC) are based on the chemical family known as “organophosphates,” of which common farm pesticides like malathion and dimethoate are also members.
Since the mid-90’s, the EPA has so restricted OP’s that most unrestricted user pesticides have gone to permethrin-based chemicals, which is a different chemistry. There’s no nerve gas of which I’m aware that is based on permethrin chemistry.
The unrestricted pesticides you can buy over-the-counter without an applicator’s permit are so dilute, you’d have to dunk a perp in a 55 gallon drum of the concentrate to make them even a little sick.
Now, there are some restricted pesticides that can kill your ass dead, but you’re not going to find any of them at Home Depot...
San Franciscans are America's most fully developed useful idiots. You could sell 'em an anchor while they are drowning if ya told 'em it was gay.
Bear spray is dangerous and harsh and can blind humans. Good for her.
Wasp spray has better range and might well render the target blind,,,,,,make a begger out of a burgler maybe.
Wasp spray is also an effective bear spray.
Hey, don't sell yourself short. I thought it was pretty good. I was figuring Homer or Virgil. That's pretty good company.
BTW, were you aware that modern scholars now thing that the Iliad and the Odyssey were not written by Homer, but instead were written by another ancient Greek who had the same name?
I am very much in favor of using improvised weapons under the proper circumstances.
Wasp and Hornet Spray is Cheaper and probably works better
(I carry 2 cans in my truck, one for each hand)
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