Warning

 

Close

Confirm Action

Are you sure you wish to do this?

Confirm Cancel
Member Login

Site Notices
12/6/2019 7:27:02 PM
Posted: 2/23/2007 8:29:00 PM EST
from:Yahoo News


Tourist kills mugger with bare hands By MARIANELA JIMENEZ, Associate Press Writer
Fri Feb 23, 4:42 PM ET



SAN JOSE, Costa Rica - An American tourist who watched as a U.S. military veteran in his 70s used his bare hands to kill an armed assailant in Costa Rica said she thought the attempted robbery was a joke — until the masked attacker held a gun to her head.

"I thought it was a skit. But then he pointed the gun at my head and grabbed me by the throat and I thought I was going to die," Clova Adams, 54, told The Associated Press by telephone Friday from the Carnival Liberty cruise ship.

The assault occurred during a ship stopover Wednesday in Limon, 80 miles east of San Jose, Costa Rica's capital.

Adams was with 12 American tourists who hired a driver to explore Costa Rica for a few hours. They were climbing out of the van to visit a Caribbean beach when three masked men ran toward them, she said. One held a gun to her head, while the other two pulled out knives.

Suddenly, one of the tourists, a U.S. military veteran trained in self defense, jumped out of the van and put the gunman in a headlock, according to Limon police chief Luis Hernandez.

Hernandez said the American, whom he refused to identify, struggled with the robber, breaking his collarbone and eventually killing him. Police identified the dead man as Warner Segura, 20. The other two assailants fled.

Afterward, the tourists drove Segura to a hospital, where he was declared dead. Sergio Lopez, a Red Cross auxiliary, examined Segura's body and said he died from asphyxiation.

Lopez also treated Adams for a panic attack.

"She was very nervous after the assault, but she had not been physically hurt," Lopez said.

The U.S. Embassy confirmed the account, but refused to release the name of the American who defended the group, citing his right to privacy.

Costa Rican officials interviewed the Americans, and said they wouldn't charge the U.S. tourist with any crime because he acted in self defense.

"They were in their right to defend themselves after being held up," Hernandez said. He said Segura had previous charges against him for assaults.

The cruise ship delayed its departure until the group boarded the ship, The Carnival Liberty, which was set to return Sunday to Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Adams spoke freely with the AP until a man who identified himself as her fiancee said they didn't want to talk to the media. He said the group might release a joint statement later and hung up the telephone.

Officials on the ship refused to pass an AP reporter on to other members of the tourist group, and another attempt to reach Adams' room failed.

Costa Rica has struggled with growing violence and crime in recent years. University of Kansas student Shannon Martin, 23, was stabbed to death in 2001 after she left a nightclub in Golfito, 105 miles south of San Jose.

Carnival Cruise Lines confirmed in a statement that one of the ship's guests had killed the Costa Rican assailant, but refused to name those involved.

"All of the guests involved, who had booked the cruise together as a group, have opted to continue with their vacation plans. Carnival is providing full support and assistance to the guests," the statement said.

___

Associated Press writer Ioan Grillo contributed to this report from Mexico City.
Link Posted: 2/23/2007 8:29:31 PM EST
I'm not gonna say it this time
Link Posted: 2/23/2007 8:31:40 PM EST

Originally Posted By Barrelburner:
I'm not gonna say it this time


Damn! Well...look at it this way...some stories are WORTH Repeating!
Link Posted: 2/23/2007 8:32:33 PM EST
Link Posted: 2/23/2007 8:34:36 PM EST
Watch out for us oldfartz.
Link Posted: 2/23/2007 8:37:06 PM EST
[Nelson] Ha, ha! [/Nelson]
Link Posted: 2/24/2007 1:06:28 AM EST
Next he shoulda gone for the tour driver who probably set them up
Link Posted: 2/24/2007 1:25:12 AM EST
This man kicks ass. Not only did he defend his right to life, it was in a foreign land, and the foreign goverment looked at the situation and basically said good job on ridding us of this shit stain.
Link Posted: 2/24/2007 1:28:57 AM EST
Good for him!
Link Posted: 2/24/2007 1:42:15 AM EST
That is freekin awesome.
Link Posted: 2/24/2007 1:45:14 AM EST
[Last Edit: 2/24/2007 1:47:55 AM EST by Fist-of-Freedom]
Good to see the ol' dude still has 'THE TOUCH'!


I'd pay him good money to teach me his DEATH GRIP!!!
Link Posted: 2/24/2007 2:19:24 AM EST
Aw crap! I did post a dupe. Oh well, I guess we've got the solution to the illegal alien problem right there!
Link Posted: 2/24/2007 2:25:08 AM EST
2 of the same 1 minute apart ? Man , you could sneak up on these goobers with a tank .....

DUPE .........
Link Posted: 2/24/2007 2:41:41 AM EST

How embarrassing for Warner Segura, 20.

Killed by some old man.


Kick ass. Don't mess with the U. S. A..
Link Posted: 2/24/2007 2:46:15 AM EST
Get some, gran'pa!
Link Posted: 2/24/2007 6:29:00 AM EST
[Last Edit: 2/24/2007 6:57:17 AM EST by Manic_Moran]
Link Posted: 2/24/2007 6:35:30 AM EST
I like this sort of story.
Link Posted: 2/24/2007 6:44:28 AM EST
Never get into a fight with an old man. He's got nothing to lose, and he knows all the dirty tricks you haven't learned yet.
Link Posted: 2/24/2007 6:49:21 AM EST
I'm quite impressed with the government of Costa Rica for not throwing the man in jail and throwing their book at him. Imagine if that happened in the coutry of mexico, or france, the old man would have died in their prison system with no chance for appeal.

-Gator
Link Posted: 2/24/2007 6:53:38 AM EST
Just to show you how screwed up information from the press is, I've read another account that Grandpa was a retired Marine, was off the Carinval Legend not the Liberty and broke robbers neck killing him not choking him out. Who knows what really happened other than Grandpa has an interesting story to tell when he gets home.
Link Posted: 2/24/2007 7:05:32 AM EST

Originally Posted By Powelligator:
I'm quite impressed with the government of Costa Rica for not throwing the man in jail and throwing their book at him. Imagine if that happened in the coutry of mexico, or france, the old man would have died in their prison system with no chance for appeal.

-Gator


Tourist trade is important to their economy - they wouldn't dare jail those tourists for defending themselves. There are some hairy places in Costa Rica where robberies are common - word to the wise.
Link Posted: 2/24/2007 9:13:59 AM EST

Originally Posted By Colt_SBR:
How embarrassing for Warner Segura, 20.

Killed by some old man.


Kick ass. Don't mess with the U. S. A..


Old Vets rock!
Link Posted: 2/24/2007 9:21:39 AM EST

Originally Posted By dpmmn:
Damn 70 years old and still kick'n ass



That man deserves donations from the tourists (Money + Ass), they should fucking be giving him all the ass he wants for saving there ass.

FREE ASS ON CARNIVAL IF YOU SAVE TOURIST LIVES BY CHOKING A MAN TO DEATH.
Link Posted: 2/24/2007 9:25:32 AM EST
Marine

Link Posted: 2/24/2007 9:33:53 AM EST
Love these stories.
Link Posted: 2/24/2007 9:34:13 AM EST

Originally Posted By Powelligator:
I'm quite impressed with the government of Costa Rica for not throwing the man in jail and throwing their book at him. Imagine if that happened in the coutry of mexico, or france, the old man would have died in their prison system with no chance for appeal.

-Gator


Imagined what would have happened if this had occurred in Detroit. Grandpa would be in jail facing criminal charges and looking at a civil law suit for violating the civil rights of the poor, oppressed robber.
Link Posted: 2/24/2007 9:39:06 AM EST

Originally Posted By dpmmn:
Damn 70 years old and still kick'n ass



+1
Link Posted: 2/24/2007 9:43:01 AM EST
Kick ass.

Max
Link Posted: 2/24/2007 9:43:42 AM EST
If they wont show respect.......teach 'em
Link Posted: 2/24/2007 9:43:53 AM EST

Originally Posted By prk:
Next he shoulda gone for the tour driver who probably set them up


+1 aint that the truth!
Link Posted: 2/24/2007 9:46:51 AM EST
(snap) dead
Link Posted: 2/24/2007 9:56:29 AM EST
Link Posted: 2/24/2007 10:53:50 AM EST

Originally Posted By ALPHAGHOST:
duped again!

www.ar15.com/forums/topic.html?b=1&f=5&t=550218

ak47.net/forums/topic.html?b=1&f=5&t=549862


You dupe policemen need to STFU, permanently. I don't frequent ak47.net anyway. Not everyone lives here like some of you.
Link Posted: 2/24/2007 11:23:36 AM EST
[Last Edit: 2/24/2007 11:29:08 AM EST by wayupnorth]
That's awsome. Don't mess with U.S. elderly.
Top Top