Robber Threatens Vietnam Vet with A Knife, Bolts When Vet Pulls His Trump Card

Robber Threatens Vietnam Vet with A Knife, Bolts When Vet Pulls His Trump Card

Never bring a knife to a gun fight:

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Don Pitaniello, 58, said he was about to close the store just before 9:30 p.m. on Sunday when a man wearing a hoodie and a bandana over his face entered holding a 5-inch blade and a bag, likely for cash. The clerk says he knew exactly what was going on as soon as the man entered.

“Empty the register,” the suspect reportedly demanded.

Pitaniello says he cocked his head and replied, “Really?”

In an attempt to intimidate the clerk, the thug reportedly responded by waving his knife in Pitaniello’s face.

That’s when Pitaniello drew his .380 and the would be robber bolted.

And for his courage defending the store?

He was suspended.

The Vietnam veteran later told the Rutland Herald that he has been suspended from his job after violating several store policies, including a no-gun policy. Even though he could lose his job, Pitaniello says he has no regrets about how he handled the situation.

No wonder the place keeps getting robbed.

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Duane Lester

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