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Disabled Veteran Chases off Home Invaders with Gun, Tells Them He’ll Be Waiting If They Come Back

A Vietnam veteran whose disability forces him to use a walker to get around, managed to scare off two suspects trying to break into his home last week. Armed with a .45-caliber handgun, 68-year-old Joseph Sapienza announced to the intruders that he was armed, forcing them to flee after he swung the door open.

Via the Gaston Gazette:

Sapienza, a Marine Corps veteran who served four years in Vietnam, was watching television in his bed at 7:42 p.m. at his home on Davis Avenue. He heard someone prying off the lock and pulling the nails to the latch out of his front door.

He grabbed his .45-caliber handgun, put it in a holster on his walker and began shuffling toward the sound. He flipped a hallway light on, yelled out to announce he was armed, and yanked open the door to see two men wearing ski masks.

They jumped off his porch and practically tripped over one another trying to flee, Sapienza said.

“It was like a keystone cops scene,” he said. “When they saw the .45, one ran one way up the street, and the other went the other way.”

Sapienza then taped the following note to his door, lest the would-be criminals returned (image via Guns Save Lives)…




What do you think of this Marine veteran’s ability to scare away criminals? Is he foolish for leaving the warning note, or was it simply a bad a** move by a bad a** American hero?