Posted: 1:32 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013
By Rick Couri
Next time the two bad guys will probably be more careful who they try to steal from.
The robbers tried to snatch a purse from a woman in a shopping center parking lot but their timing was downright awful. For them.
At the same time the crooks were pinching the purse Franco Scaramuzza was pulling in.
And Franco wasn’t empty handed.
You see Franco Scaramuzza is a fencing coach who had just been at practice and he happened to have his equipment in the car.
That’s when the hilarity ensued.
WSMV reports Scaramuzza took things from there.
"I charged towards them, holding my épée up high, and, you know, yelling at them. I kept yelling throughout the entire thing. They completely panicked and dropped everything they stole and really took off," he said.
The two confused and unsuccessful thieves were caught in a matter of minutes by cops in Tennessee and have been charged with robbery.