TTAK is collecting stories of defensive knife uses. This near-DKU took place in January (before we started telling the truth about knives) and it comes to us compliments of the Detroit Free Press.
When an injured young woman appeared on his doorstep, screaming and wrapped in packing tape, 14 year-old James Persyn III took her in and locked the door before arming himself with a hunting knife.
Convicted felon Eric Ramsay had just kidnapped the woman from a campus parking lot at gunpoint and raped her at his mother’s house. She had escaped by jumping from Ramsay’s car as he drove past Persyn’s house.
Persyn herded his siblings, the family dog and the injured woman into the bathroom, where he waited in the dark with his knife. When Ramsay couldn’t get in he set the house on fire and fled, but police and the senior Persyn arrived and put it out. Ramsay was shot to death by police several hours later.
I’m glad our brave 14 year-old never had to face an enraged and homicidal felon in hand-to-hand combat. It would have been ugly, but the 142 pound, 5′ 8″ Persyn was armed and waiting, and he was as ready as a man can be without a gun.