by Patrick H. Moore

We’ve been thrilled and inspired on two occasions recently when everyday American heroes waded into dicey situations and either stopped crimes as they were occurring or played a key role in apprehending the perpetrators as they tried to make their getaway. In New York City, Felicia Williams, a subway station cleaner, witnessed a mugging and chased down the mugger who was finally captured several blocks from the 18th Street subway station. As a result of her timely and courageous intervention, she has been nominated for New York’s annual Hometown Heroes in Transit Award.

fran5fran6Back in May, Wen Jones, a 43-year-old former Marine from Jupiter, Florida, rescued amateur  skateboarder Zion Wright and his father from three violent  thugs at Juno Park in Palm Beach County. Although Mr. Jones endured quite a beating at the hands of the young reprobates, he is recovering nicely and has stated in no uncertain terms that he wouldn’t hesitate to do it all over again should it prove necessary.

What both Ms. Williams and Mr. Jones had in common was the conviction that what they did was no big deal, but rather was what any decent person would do if they found themselves in similar situations.

Now, within the past few days, we have yet another example of a good citizen throwing caution to the wind and placing himself in harm’s way in order to stop a mugging. Only in this case, our hero, Franco Scaramuzza was not quite so “everyday” (though, of course, that is in the eye of the beholder). In any event, here’s what happened as reported by Charlene Sakoda of Odd News:

Fencing coach Franco Scaramuzza pulled into a Bellevue shopping center in Nashville, Tennessee recently and witnessed, as reported by WSMV Chanel 4 News, two male suspects, Michael Butt and Zachary Johnson in the parking lot pepper spraying a couple and stealing the lady’s purse. When interviewed, Franco, who appears to be quite unassumming, said:

“The first thing that went through my head is somebody should do something, and that’s when I got really upset and disappointed with myself, because I realized I had the opportunity to do something. And I didn’t want to be a hypocrite who just tweeted about it.”

franFranco wasn’t disappointed in himself for long. A fencing instructor who had just completed a lesson and was still wearing his special breeches, he grabbed his fencing sword, known as an épée, and leapt out of his car. Using the skills he acquired from years of fencing, he gave chase:

“I charged towards them, you know holding my épée up high, you know, yelling at them…I kept yelling throughout the entire thing. They completely panicked, dropped everything they stole and really took off.”

fran3The police arrived within minutes. They caught the suspects, Butt and Johnson, and charged them with robbery.

When interviewed by WSMV,the heroic Scaramuzza waxed poetically if a bit incoherently:

“Fencing, you can do it without the weapon. It happens in your mind, and that’s how you try to make the right choices…You have to make decisions in a very quick amount of time.”

Butt and Johnson are in jail. There bond is set at $50,000 each. Zachary Johnson’s girlfriend told WSMV that her boyfriend was in the wrong place at the wrong time and is innocent, but we have our doubts.

Click here to go to to watch the unforgettable video of Scaramuzza racing toward the assailants, his épée held high.

Click here to view our previous Everyday Heroes Posts:

New York City Subway Cleaner Nabs Mugger and Wins Hearts

Florida Ex-Marine Sacrifices HImself to Save 14-Year-Old Boy from Brutal Beating



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