Tuesday, November 05, 2013

Tomahawk-throwing champ scares off burglar in her home

"I could have thrown it. I could have put it right in his spine. It would have paralyzed him."
~ Robin Irvine

WHO: Robin Irvine, tomahawk throwing champion
WHAT: Irvine awakens and scares off burglar in her bedroom with her bed-side tomahawk
WHERE: Hemet, CA / USA
WHEN: Saturday 11/2/13 at about 8 a.m

Ax-Wielding Woman Scares Off Unsuspecting Burglar

The woman awoke to find a man trying to steal her watch right off her arm, then reached for her ax that she keeps near her bed

By Christina Cocca, Alex Vasquez, Tony Shin and Jonathan Lloyd | Tuesday, Nov 5, 2013 | Updated 6:31 AM PST
Photo Credit: Alex Vasquez

A woman describes how she dealt with a man who broke into her house and attempted to steal several items, including the watch on her wrist.

A burglar was scared off early Saturday morning when a skilled ax-thrower grabbed the weapon she keeps next to her bed after she felt the man trying to remove her watch from her wrist as she was sleeping.

The burglar, who broke in through a window, had already ransacked other rooms before entering the bedroom. The homeowner awoke Saturday at about 8 a.m. when she felt someone touching her wrist.

"I sat up and screamed," said Robin Irvine. "He was taking my watch off."

That's when Irvine reached down and grabbed her bed-side ax, which leans against a small table, and took aim. Wearing her underwear and T-shirt and harboring no reservations about unleashing the ax, she chased the man down the hall.

"I would’ve gotten him right in the spine or the back of his head," she said. "I hit what I aim for."

Irvine told NBC4 she learned to throw the ax when she was growing up in the mountains north of Hemet.

"I've always kept it up," she said. "I've had this one for years. It's old, but it's perfectly balanced."

The man was last seen jumping over a fence and running from the property about 90 miles southeast of downtown Los Angeles. Hemet police saw a bicycle tire sticking out of a bush just 50 yards from the apartment, where they found the alleged burglar and bags of various items.

Nicholas Illoa, 22, was arrested in connection with the burglary and was booked at Riverside County Jail.

Copied from http://www.nbclosangeles.com/

Excerpted from http://losangeles.cbslocal.com:

“He froze at first. I shocked him with my voice and then he took off. There was no way I could’ve caught him but I could’ve thrown it,” said Irvine, adding that she could have paralyzed the suspect by striking him in the spine.
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Irvine has been the victim of attempted burglaries in the past, but said this was the first time burglars actually entered her home.

She has since boarded up her front door and warns burglars that next time could be their last.

“If you’re in my house, you’re not walking out,” she said.

Excerpted from http://www.pe.com/:

Robin Irvine, of the Villa del Sol mobile home park, said she was sleeping when she felt someone trying to take a watch off her wrist.

"I sat up and screamed at the top of my lungs," Irvine said in a televised interview.

Then she grabbed the tomahawk that she keeps next to her bed.

"I could have thrown it," Irvine said in the televised report. "I could have put it right in his spine. It would have paralyzed him."

Irvine said she used to be a champion tomahawk thrower, but couldn't bring herself to throw the weapon at the already fleeing burglar.

You hear about swords, knives, handguns, shotguns, or even rifles, but tomahawks?!?!?! VERY COOL! One for the Good Guys (or Gals in this case)!

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