The life of a mugger is a risky one, and not just because you’ve chosen a career path that will most likely end when you get arrested and tossed in jail. No, holding strangers up for their valuables may be hazardous because there’s always that chance that you’re going to pick the wrong victim to rob and end up on the receiving end of a few well-placed fists of steel belonging to an MMA fighter.
Pictured is the bruised and battered face of Anthony Miranda, a Chicagoan and the alleged mugger who chose the absolute worst person to try and hold up when he attempted to rob a gentleman known only as Justin from Des Plaines, who also happens to be a 6-foot-2, 250-pound MMA fighter. Judging by Miranda’s mugshot, I’ll say the encounter didn’t really swing in his favor.
The incident occurred in Chicago’s Southwest Side this past Friday night, when, while sitting in his car, Justin was approached by Miranda who asked the soon-to-be victim for a light for his cigarette. Things turned felonious when Miranda allegedly pulled a gun and demanded cash, Justin’s phone and keys, and got intense when the $30 Justin gave him didn’t suffice, and Miranda ordered the MMA expert out of the car at gunpoint.
Right about then the tables were turned, and things went wrong for the 24-year-old Miranda. Terribly, terribly wrong.
From the Chicago Sun Times…
Justin said he looked at the man facing him, pistol pointing at his chest, and was pretty certain he was about to take a bullet.
“I wasn’t scared because I’m trained,” Justin explained.
Justin then demonstrated to a reporter the sudden, rather effective maneuver that disarmed his attacker.
“The round went off,” Justin continued. “I put him down to the ground. He was fighting. He didn’t want to give up.”
But at the same time, Justin said: “He was begging me to let him go. He said he has a baby.”
Justin then kept his attacker collared until police arrived.
For the record, the round that went off ended up in Miranda’s lower leg. So instead of a handful of cash and a cell phone, the mugger has a hole in his ankle, a total mess where his face used to be, and, if he keeps going the way he is, a kid that won’t have a father around to help raise him.
Maybe getting whupped by a MMA fighter in a mugging gone way wrong might scare Anthony Miranda straight…or at least help point his criminal career in a different, and safer direction.