It’s great to be back on the air and blogging. Thanks to Sean for covering the early-morning duties while Nancy and I got away for some RR.
So I saw the story of the attempted kidnapping in Schertz in the H.E.B parking lot at 3009 and IH-35. That area is growing fast, but it is one of the safest and most well-run cities in our area. Schertz has great neighborhoods, excellent schools, and some of the most beautiful hiking/jogging trails you will find anywhere.
The Schertz PD is one of the best in the state and the area is safe. That’s why the attempted kidnapping story stood out so much. I was shocked when I heard where it occurred because it’s one of those places where you would never expect something like to happen. Goes to prove crime can happen anywhere which is the point of this blog.
First, the background. According to what Schertz PD told KTSA news (Read more here) , 24 year-old Zachary Schultz attempted to grab a 14 year-old girl in the busy parking lot of a major grocery store (HEB) IN BROAD DAYLIGHT.
My first thought was there must have been some connection between the two. Maybe they knew each other somehow. Nope. Again according to what Schertz PD told our newsroom the incident was totally RANDOM. No connection existed between the two. Although police knew the suspect through “other criminal incidents” apparently the victim didn’t know the suspect.
According to the story, the 14 year-old bravely fought him off until he ran. That’s when witnesses got his license plate number and called it in.
Now to my point. Crime can and does happen anywhere. It can happen to anyone – at random. Are you prepared? Do you practice situational awareness or are you preoccupied as you move about? Do you have some sort of defensive plan? Have you taught it to your children?
It is no secret that I am a huge proponent of the 2nd Amendment and the right to keep and bear arms. Although I realize it is not for everyone, I encourage people to take the CHL course, to obtain a gun, to constantly train and practice to become proficient with it, and to carry it at all times.
Thank God for the way this incident turned out, but who knows what could happen. Have a plan. Be aware. And if its for you – get your license, training, and a gun. With as good as the police are – they can’t be everywhere all the time.