I wonder which is quicker… the hands of the man who wrestled a shotgun from a robber in the Marigny early Sunday morning or the cheers of approval from people who watched the turning of the table on surveillance video.
Regardless, there’s a time to celebrate and a time to get cerebral.
“If you’re going to do it, immediately when you see the opening, do it,” said self-defense expert Brannon Lebouef from the shop of his company, NOLATAC.
Lebouef says the victim in the now viral video got a lot of things right. But he also got lucky. Lebouef says anyone who sees the footage and draws any self-defense conclusions for themselves could be dead wrong.
“The bad guy certainly made some mistakes, and I think it kind of helped throw luck in the good guy’s favor,” Lebouef said.
If you want to get a grip on your options during an armed robbery, Lebouef strongly suggests you take a self defense class from an expert. He adds that sometimes simply surrendering is your best option.
The surveillance video of the attack includes an audio track as well. In it, you see and hear the robber pump his shotgun and aim it at the face of his victim. You also see and hear the struggle over the gun as both men run out of the camera’s field of view.
The camera that captured the video is one in a network of cameras along the 2000 block of Burgundy in the Faubourg Marigny. Ken Caron is one of the neighbors who helped create the network.
“ He was pretty brave,” Caron said of the victim’s actions. Caron says a review of surveillance footage from the night of the attempted robbery also shows what appears to be the suspect’s car circling the area prior to the confrontation.
“Six, seven times probably within less than 45 minutes,” he said.
Also the video released by police doesn’t show the suspect in his car — with an accomplice — circling and confronting the man again, this time, offering to trade the man’s phone for the shotgun he gained in the fight. According to police, the victim responded by using the shotgun to smash the back window of the car.
Anyone with information on the case is asked to contact Crimestoppers at 504-822-1111.