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    http://www.insidenova.com/isn/news/c...handgun/21884/
    Published: September 29, 2008

    Three would-be robbers, one armed with a pair of scissors, walked into a Woodbridge store on Saturday morning with criminal intent.

    They left empty-handed and apparently more than a little frightened.

    About 11:30 a.m. the three walked into Tienda Hispana Esperanza. One rushed to the counter and pointed the scis-sors at the owner's neck and another grabbed her son's arm, the family that owns the store said Mon-day.

    But the owner, Esperanza Salazar, 36, reacted immediately.

    She leaned back and reached for her handgun and pointed it at the three unknown males, the Salazar family said.

    "It kind of looked like 'The Matrix,' " said 14-year-old Julio Salazar, who was

    working at the store with his mother that day.

    One of the would-be robbers immediately ran out of the store, located on PR Business Center Drive. A second robber, who wielded the scissors, tried to run out of the store but tripped on a clothes rack and fell. He finally crawled out the front door.

    The third robber paused and sat down in a folding chair, putting his hands in the air. When Esperanza Salazar told her son to call 911, the third man ran for the door and momentarily got tangled in the clothes rack before running out of the store.

    All three eventually ran toward the back of the business center off Smoketown Road, according to police.

    Esperanza Salazar, with her son translating for her, said that while she was nervous, she wouldn't have let anything happen to her son.

    The investigation revealed that the three had been loitering outside the store before the robbery attempt, but it was unknown for how long, said police spokeswoman Officer Erika Hernandez.

    "Based on the witnesses statements, it appeared they were staking out the business," Hernandez said.

    Officers, including a K-9 unit, searched the area and surrounding businesses for roughly 2 1/2 hours but found no one, Hernandez said.

    Police said the first would-be robber was described as a Latino man, 30 to 35 years old, collar-length straight hair, with a medium build and a mustache. He was wearing a green sweater with a white T-shirt underneath, a black baseball cap, black sneakers and glasses.

    The second robber, who was armed with the pair of scissors, was described as a Latino man, 20 to 21 years old, with a medium build and shoulder-length curly hair, police said. He was wearing a white T-shirt, blue jeans and a black cap with letters on the back.

    The third robber was described as a Latino male, between 17 and 18 years old, collar-length straight hair, with a medium build and unshaven chin. He was wearing a light brown shirt and blue jeans.

    Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call Prince William County Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS. Callers don't have to give their names, just the information, and could earn up to a $1,000 cash re-ward.

    Staff writer Elisa Glushefski can be reached at 703-878-8062.

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    What's the law on detaining the criminal. She obviously didn't make the third guy feel like he really needed to stay put.

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    I wish I had had a gun when I was in Woodbridge. The apartment I lived in that was near Occuquan was continuously being targeted by MS-13. From car break ins to dumpster tags to robberies at gunpoint in the parking lot. To say you don't need to be able to protect yourself in NOVA/DC/MD is nieve. This is one of the hotbeds of crime and gang activity in the nation.

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    They don't call it HOOD-bridge for nothing!

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    I know it happened, but I can't find any media coverage. Any good internet spies here? It happened at a hispanic restaurant where three guys tried to rob the place, a lady pulled out a handgun and they ran out tripping over everything in site. Happened today at about 11am off of Smoketown Rd/Minnieville area.

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    Woman defends robbers?
    Revelation 1911 - And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war.

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    nitrovic wrote:
    I know it happened, but I can't find any media coverage. Any good internet spies here? It happened at a hispanic restaurant where three guys tried to rob the place, a lady pulled out a handgun and they ran out tripping over everything in site. Happened today at about 11am off of Smoketown Rd/Minnieville area.
    http://www.insidenova.com/isn/news/c...handgun/21884/



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    ahh, it makes sense now after reading the article..

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    http://opencarry.mywowbb.com/forum54/16721.html
    If this is the same incident your Title should read "Woman defends her business, herself and young son from would be robbers."

    However someone already posted it.
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