I just got an email over the house listserve where I’m renting here in Seattle. It concerns a crime that occurred last week in the area in which we live (which is the University district near the UW campus). I’m posting it here because it’s a good description of “predator violence” characteristics, specifically that which is associated with “Resource Predators” (I’m using Rory Miller terms here). Now that I’m aware of it, I feel like I’m always struggling to explain this type of thing to people. I swear to God, you don’t know how many
stupid silly responses I’ve gotten whenever this topic comes up. It’s always something like, “Oh, but you can just use your martial arts to defeat them, right?” Or, “If someone tried to rob me like that, I would just knock them out.”
Listen goddammit. This is not stunt fighting choreography. It will not be a duel, with you squaring off against your opponent. It will be you, caught in a surprise blitz attack, with no time to prepare, and no time to respond to what is happening until it’s happened. You are being hunted like a zebra on the savanna.
I don’t know why I get so annoyed whenever I’m talking to people about this stuff. I think it stems from feeling alarmed that their conception of reality seems way too innocent. I mean, do you really need to have your head split open on the asphalt to know how serious this can be? Did you forget that you bleed when you’re cut?
As you’re reading the incident description below, imagine that instead of her waking up with a bump on her head and material possessions missing, she found herself tied up and locked in a small room. And then ask yourself, “Do I train martial arts to shield me from reality or prepare me for reality?”
Notification of a Criminal Incident – Seattle Campus
November 20, 2014
A little after midnight on Thursday, Nov. 20, Seattle police were dispatched to a residence in the north of 45th St. area to contact the victim of a robbery. The victim, a UW student, reported she was walking home alone from campus at approximately 11:45 p.m. Wednesday night when she was struck from behind by an unknown suspect, fell to the ground and was rendered unconscious. She woke up and found her bag missing. The bag contained a laptop, cell phone, other electronics items and her keys. She walked home and had her roommate call 911. The victim did not see the suspect. Officers located the scene of the robbery in the 5000 block of 19th Ave., N.E. The victim sustained a large bump on the back of her head from the attack. Following the interview with police, the victim’s roommate took her to the hospital.
This case is being investigated by the Seattle Police Department Robbery Unit, case number 14-387944. If you were a witness or have information regarding this crime or the possible suspects please call the Seattle Police Department at (206) 625-5011. If you see the vehicle or suspects call 911 immediately; do not confront them.