Defensive Tomahawk Use: Vermont Couple fights back against rifle-armed intruder

Speak softly and carry a big stick, with a sharpened iron head. Or something like that.


The tables turn on a 70-year-old homeless man accused of trying to rob a Barre Town couple at gunpoint in their own home.

Police say Kenneth Pecor was able to get inside a home on Little John Road Sunday morning. He allegedly demanded cash and a car while pointing a rifle at two of the residents.

But after a struggle, the homeowner was able to fight back.

“He was able to take and use a tomahawk, and defend himself against the male and was able to grab the rifle and had the male subdued waiting for the police when he got there,” said Chief Michael Stevens, Barre Town Police Department.

Someone called this “the most Vermonty robbery ever” in the story’s comments. I disagree. There would need to be a moose and a vat of maple syrup to complete the cliche. This one has a way to go to reach Peak Vermont.
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  1. Wade says:

    All the idiot had to do was ask for a ride, I bet someone would have given him one.

  2. boardsnbikes says:

    Most Vermonty? Add at least an old pickup getting stuck in the driveway mud during the get-a-away. Dog in the pickup bed, naturally.

  3. RAH says:

    Yeah if the old man had asked for cash and ride it probably would have been given to him Instead he demand at gunpoint which got a predictable refusal.

  4. Thucydides says:

    Isn’t using a tomahawk cultural appropriation or something

    BZ for them for defending their lives and property, and hoping that many Americans see this and are inspired as well.

    1. Lindsey Kidd says:

      The native americans got the tomahawk from the French trappers in the the 1700’s. So, no. No cultural appropriation.

      1. kishke says:

        Wait, so the Indians culturally appropriated the weapon from the French? Awful.

      2. Wade says:

        I would like to see your source on that, here’s mine.

        “A tomahawk (also referred to as a hawk) is a type of single-handed axe from North America, traditionally resembling a hatchet with a straight shaft.[1][2] The name came into the English language in the 17th century as an adaptation of the Powhatan (Virginian Algonquian) word.

        Tomahawks were general purpose tools used by Native Americans and European colonials alike, and often employed as a hand-to-hand or a thrown weapon. The metal tomahawk heads were originally based on a Royal Navy boarding axe and used as a trade-item with Native Americans for food and other provisions.”

        “The Algonquian Indians in early America created the tomahawk. Before Europeans came to the continent, Native Americans would use stones attached to wooden handles, secured with strips of rawhide. Though typically used as weapons, they could also be used for everyday tasks, such as chopping, cutting or hunting.

        When Europeans arrived, they introduced the metal blade to the natives, which improved the effectiveness of the tool. Metal did not break as readily as stone and could be fashioned for additional uses. Native Americans created a tomahawk’s poll, the side opposite the blade, which consisted of a hammer, spike or a pipe. These became known as pipe tomahawks, which consisted of a bowl on the poll and a hollowed out shaft.[7] These were created by European and American artisans for trade and diplomatic gifts for the tribes.”

        You can go to the link and read more, no the French didn’t invent the Tomahawk. Stop trying to appropriate the Hawk you FROGS.

  5. Paul L. Quandt says:

    He should have been axed politely to leave.

    Paul L. Quandt

  6. gbear says:

    They must have been native clayfooters not masshole transplants.

  7. gaweidert says:

    Almost all cultures used and continue to use similar weapon. Most Vikings carried axes of various sizes as they were less expensive and more durable than swords. Stone hand axes go back to some of our earliest tools.

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