Runner with Gun and Flashlight Stops Sex Assault in Austin

Runner with Gun and Flashlight Stops Sex Assault in Austin

Who says the “Good Guy with a Gun” is just a myth? I bet the woman in this article would highly disagree with you.

Last Friday around 5:46 am, a women was being sexually assaulted while jogging down a popular running trail along the Colorado River near Rainey Street. Luckily there was a good guy with a gun and a flashlight was within shouting distance and heard her scream.

The Statesman reported:

The affidavit said the jogger told police he shined his light in the direction of the screams and saw the victim on her back and the attacker on his left side on top of the victim.

The jogger pointed his gun at the suspect and demanded he get off the victim. The attacker stood up and was naked from the waist down, the affidavit said.

The woman got up and started walking to the jogger to get away from the attacker.

The accused attacker, 22 year old Richard Jordon McEachern was found the following Monday and charged with felony sexual assault.

The affidavit also noted that the woman didn’t realize the good guy had a gun because she had been blinded by his flashlight. So when I started reading through the comments, there were people saying that a gun wasn’t needed and the attacker stopped simply because another person showed up and shined a flashlight on them. I have two thoughts about this.

  1. It said that SHE didn’t realize he had a gun. That doesn’t mean the attacker didn’t see the gun. Yes, he could have been blinded by the flashlight and may not have seen the gun but that leads me to my next point.
  2. Assume the attacker didn’t see the gun because he was also blinded by the flashlight. Then assume the attacker didn’t simply run off and decided to confront the guy with the flashlight. What is the attacker also had a gun or knife? What are you supposed to do at that point? Throw the flashlight at him?

I think it is safe to say that the woman being attacked is glad there was a good samaritan with a gun (and a flashlight) around or this could have turned out a lot worse.

Do you carry concealed while out jogging?

Jason Hanson wrote an article talking about his preferred method of carrying while jogging which is using a Belly Band Holster. I know a lot of other people including myself have used the compressions shirts with holsters stitched into them. We will be reviewing a few different methods of carrying while jogging in the future and let you know what we think works best.

Whatever your method you use to carry while jogging, it is important to remember that you should ALWAYS CARRY. If we could pick and choose the places we will need a gun then we just wouldn’t put ourselves in those situations to begin with.

In the meantime, tell us how you prefer to carry when jogging in the comments below.

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    • Scouse

      Rape/attempted rape. You get shot, period! Anywhere.

      • rev_dave

        In some places, the punishment is to be disemboweled – ripped from the pelvic bone to the ribcage. Not the legal punishment, however. That’s just the cultural thing – like if the woman’s husband or brother had been nearby – or if she’d had a knife of her own.

        • Scouse

          Rev-Dave.

          Story on just that comment Dave.

          Back in the 60s, a mate of mine, fellow Bouncer, we both worked at the Cavern Club, of Beatles Fame, were looking for some extra work. At a Dance Hall. Arrived a little early, decided to have a Shandy, at a Pub across the road.
          We sat at the bar, sitting in a booth, 4 men, playing dominoes. Door opened, an other man came in, walked right over to the players, dragged one off his seat, and kicked him a bunch of times in the ribs, and lower body wearing work boots!

          Plus I think one in the face, at least he was bleeding from the mouth.
          “You ever lay a finger on my Sister again, I will XXXXXXX kill you!”

          He walked out, us too.

          Liverpool family’s, mostly Irish decent. Do not mess with Sisters. For sure.

          • rev_dave

            Of course he wore work boots, Scouse. One doesn’t want to get bone splinters into one’toes, and with trainers it’s a possibility. Ha!

            Boots are better for kicking things, y’know.

  • James Andrews

    Great story!

  • Melissa Trapani Paladino

    Yet September 15th it was daylight in Austin TX until 7:35 PM. A jogger carrying a gun and flashlight during the daytime? Fake news busted!

    • Bernie

      Melissa. Read the article again. It stated 5:46 AM, in the morning, prior to daylight.

  • Mikial

    “Do you carry concealed while out jogging?”

    Is this a serious question? I carry when I’m mowing the lawn.

    • G50AE

      And when you are using the leaf blower, I am sure you have your electronic hearing protection on.

  • Bernie

    I always carry. IWB and an LED flash light in the pocket, but I am to old to jog anymore, 79. Hope I never have to use it though.

  • dave

    So did the perp run off? it said he was found the following monday. How was he id’d and not arrested right then? Maybe he didnt see the gun and ran.

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