Iraq veteran foils convenience store robbery

| March 23, 2012

Zack Thome, an Iraq War Army veteran and Mixed Martial Arts fighter, who is also a college student in Grand Rapids, happened to be in a convenience store when some derelict tried to rob the store. Being what he is, Zack choked the thief out, who claimed that he was armed, but apparently wasn’t and held him until police arrived;

“It’s kind of my hometown. I live right next to the place, you know, I’m in there everyday. I think if it was the other way around, if I worked there and the guy at the register was there, he would have done the same thing,” said Thome, who’s also an Army veteran who did a tour of duty in Iraq.

Police haven’t released the suspect’s name. He’s being held in jail pending his arraignment.

There’s video of the action at Fox17.

Thanks to Wayne for the link.

Category: Real Soldiers

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  1. Amy J says:

    Great story, but WTF is the background on the store owner’s computer?

  2. DaveO says:

    Obviously PTSD caused Thome to choke the POS, who also had PTSD because he was poor, which caused the store clerk and the police officers responding to get PTSD.

    I blame Bush for this.

  3. brat says:

    Agree with DaveO..He took the words right outta my pre-coffee fingers.

    This WILL be front page news around the world, of course!!!~

  4. Instinct says:

    Love how the talking heads describe it: “Vigilante justice” “bizarre” – yeah, because citizens never defend their property or other people.


  5. Flagwaver says:

    It would have been vigilante justice if the vet had put a severe beatdown on him (giving punishment for the crime). No, it is a man doing his civic duty.