Husband and Wife Fight Off Two Robbers Overnight


Two men are on the loose this morning after a failed robbery attempt near South Academy and Airport Road.

On Fairmont St. a military couple, new to the springs, were taking a walk when 2 men in all black told them to get down on the ground. That's when the husband pulled out his own gun.

The suspects took off.

As the suspects ran away, they aimed a gun at the couple. Responding to that threat, the husband fired a shot in their direction.

Police say no one is hurt, and no one is under arrest at this point.

11 News did some follow up work in the wake of this crime that happened overnight.

We asked police what you should do if you find yourself becoming the victim of a robbery.

Here are the 3 key points police made this morning:

* There is nothing worth being seriously hurt, or even killed over. Give the robber what they want.

* When the robbery is happening, try to pick up on any major characteristics that can help police locate the suspect. Look for any scars, tattoos, or any other things that stand out in their appearance.

* Lastly, police say an important tactic is to try to create time and distance from your attacker. One way to do this is to throw the item they desire far from where you are, whether it be your purse, cell phone, or wallet. This makes the robber have to go retrieve the item, giving you time to call out for help and make it to safety.

The couple who was approached by the two robbers last night is new to the area and were out walking in their neighborhood. Police also said that everyone should be aware of any potential dangers where they live.

Anyone with internet access can use to find what police activity is being done in your area. Look for the City of Colorado Springs under the police tab.

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  • by RLC Location: Sterling, Kansas on Dec 1, 2011 at 10:57 AM
    I lived in CS many years ago in the South part of town and it was perfectly safe for everyone. A great place to live. What has happened to make the area so unsafe and full of thieves and molesters? Such a shame that our country has gone downhill so much as it has. With Obama in the white house things will get worse and worse too. He sure doesn't have my vote and never did.
  • by Friend Location: home on Dec 1, 2011 at 06:14 AM
    Way to put it Dad! Good job soldier! Glad you and your wife are safe!
  • by Dad Location: home on Dec 1, 2011 at 04:39 AM
    Keep in mind people, this was a military couple. He has been in Irac several times (on the front lines) and only kills when necessary. At this point it was not necessary. Maybe the thugs will think twice before doing something dumb like this again.
  • by bob Location: fountain on Nov 30, 2011 at 09:40 PM
    Would these same cops have advised Jacine Gaellenski(spelling?), the same GARBAGE advice several years ago, when she was BRUTALLY MURDERED???,--""give them what they want"". What UTTER GARBAGE. I'll give 'em something alright-a "DOUBLE-TAP".!!
  • by John Wayne on Nov 30, 2011 at 04:23 PM
    Good Job !!! And Welcome Soldier !!! Practice, Practice, Practice... Next time your aim will be better. I put a laser on my wife's Concealed Carry Weapon, she does NOT miss now !!!
  • by Rick Location: Colorado Springs on Nov 30, 2011 at 03:43 PM
    They did the right think, for anyone who wants to carry a firearm just to carry one. PLEASE...train, train,and when you think you've trained enough...train some more.
  • by FINALLY!!! on Nov 30, 2011 at 02:29 PM
    FINALLY! Someone got it right! Too bad you missed, but these tards will think twice next time!
  • by Nath Location: Colo Spgs on Nov 30, 2011 at 12:02 PM
    There is nothing on your person worth THEM being killed over. Give in and they will do it over and over until someone innocent does get hurt. This couple did the right thing. Put fear or a hole in the bad guys and there will be fewer of them trying to rob people. Years ago, I worked for a while in a convenience store and was carrying (against company policy) every shift I worked but never had to use it. The police cannot be on every street corner and it probably takes 10 minutes or more for them to arrive from the time you dial 911. Do what's right for you, but as for me, I'll defend myself.
  • by Al on Nov 30, 2011 at 12:02 PM
    Finally a story about someone prepared to "protect' his family and himself. Plus 1 to this guy for being armed and ready to even the fight from these thugs. As for the advise in this story, I guess if you're a sheep then you should follow it since you're probably ill prepared to defend yourself or others. Congrats again to this guy for his actions.
  • by Unrepentant on Nov 30, 2011 at 11:15 AM
    "There is nothing worth being seriously hurt, or even killed over. Give the robber what they want." If you're unarmed, that's probably your best option. So if you're unarmed, you've put yourself in a position where you can be forced to reward bad behavior. We all know when you reward bad behavior the bad behavior only escalates. So, my advice is to always be armed, and whenever someone attempts to rob/molest/assault you, put a minimum of two rounds into the center of their chest. They won't behave badly ever again.
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