Well, that’s one way to foil a crime.
Fencing instructor Franco Scaramuzza — upon seeing two men trying to snatch a woman’s purse outside a Nashville, Tenn., shopping center — grabbed his teaching implement and went into action.
“I charged toward them, holding my epee up high, and, you know, yelling at them,” Scaramuzza told WSMV-TV. “I kept yelling throughout the entire thing. They completely panicked and dropped everything they stole and really took off.”
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Police ended up arresting two men in the incident and charging them with robbery.
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Names in the game
Suspended by Alabama for breaking team rules: free safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix.
But something tells us he’ll get the last laugh.
Game 3 and, if necessary, Game 4 of the WNBA Finals had to be shifted to a smaller arena because Disney on Ice was booked at the Atlanta Dream’s home court, Philips Arena.
“Still,” wrote Adam Hill of the Las Vegas Review-Journal, “it’s not as bad as last year, when the Stanley Cup Finals nearly were moved because the arena was scheduled to host an open skating session for a 6-year-old’s birthday party.”
Forty-Niners safety Donte Whitner — angered after the NFL fined him $21,000 for an improper hit — says he’s dropping the first letter of his last name and legally changing it to “Hitner.”
Just be glad the Bears’ David Bass didn’t think of it first.
• Meteorologist Jim Barach of WCHS-TV in Charleston, W.Va., after an Astros-Indians game scored a 0.0 Nielsen rating in Houston: “It’s the ﬁrst time two teams were mathematically eliminated from having an audience.”
• Jets receiver Santonio Holmes, to New York reporters, after being held to one reception against the Titans: “I can’t throw it to myself and catch it, otherwise I would.”
• U.S. women’s basketball coach Geno Auriemma, to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, on the advantages of conducting minicamp in Sin City: “It’s amazing how you say ‘Las Vegas’ and instead of 20 players, you get 30.”
Drawing two charges
Utah coach Larry Krystkowiak helped catch two fleeing campus thieves — one stealing a bike, the other burglarizing athletic offices — in just five days.
Good luck trying to run a fast break against the Utes this basketball season.
Dwight Perry: 206-464-8250 or firstname.lastname@example.org