What would you do if you saw a man at a gas station wearing a motorcycle helmet and jacket, attacking a motorist with this forester’s axe? Assuming that you had the cojones to intervene and shout at him to stop, what would you do if he charged you with the axe?
Hold that thought for a minute…
According to the Vancouver (Washington) Police Department, Krivov and Tomcac wanted to become YouTube superstars by staging phony but terrifying axe murders and filming the ensuing chaos. Krivov allegedly dressed up as the biker-clad axe murderer while Tomcac posed as the victim and filmed the whole thing.
Several Good Samaritans shouted at Krivov to stop, and he responded by charging and swinging the axe at them. He reportedly got within a few feet of one terrified bystander, who had no way of knowing that the axe was a harmless but convincing fake.
From the Vancouver Columbian:
No injuries occurred in either incident, but in both the suspect charged at bystanders, Kapp said, and the unsuspecting victims believed they were about to be attacked with a real ax. Court documents reveal the suspect swung the ax in a slashing manner and got within four feet of one of the victims.
The bystanders, Kapp said, “expressed extreme fear for their lives. … They were unaware that it was fake.”
Officers were able to identify and locate the suspects, who told police they were pranking people by pretending to attack one another and threaten nearby residents while they videotaped the incident, Kapp said in a press release.
Pavel V. Krivov, 18, was arrested on suspicion of two counts of second-degree assault and Petru G. Tomceac, 18, was arrested on suspicion of two counts of criminal conspiracy. Both Vancouver teens were booked into the Clark County Jail and are being held on $20,000 bail.
Krivov and Tomcac told police they hoped to make money by posting the videos on YouTube, but their clever scheme is more likely to send them to state prison than to the Jackass Hall Of Fame. When a person menaces other people with what appears to be a deadly weapon, Washington state law doesn’t care if the weapon used is real or not. Using a replica gun to rob a bank becomes 1st Degree Robbery, and using a fake axe to threaten and terrify bystanders becomes 2nd Degree Assault.
Good luck, boys. Fake axes won’t get you very far at the Washington State Penitentiary.
And now back to my original question, the correct answer to which is the well-known ‘Mozambique Drill’: two to the body, one to the head. Or, if you don’t have that kind of trigger control, ‘keep firing into the torso until the threat stops moving’ works pretty well too.
Since he was stupid enough to pull this stunt in the generously “shall-issue” CCW state of Washington, less than two miles from your correspondent’s home, Pavel Krivov is damned lucky to be chilling in the hoosegow. He could easily be chilling out (at 35 degrees Fahrenheit) on a slab in the Clark County Medical Examiner’s office instead.