Disabled man forced villain with gun out of his house

Disabled man forced villain with gun out of his house

Disabled man forced villain with gun out of his house

First published in Echo News by

A DISABLED man has spoken of the night he wrestled a gunman out of his house after the intruder threatened his wife.

Richard Stanleywas at home in Wells Gardens, Basildon, with his wife when a man knocked on the front door, saying his car had broken down and he needed to use the phone.

As his wife walked inside, the man followed and pulled out a pistol. The intruder demanded money and Mr Stanley, 50, went to fetch his wallet.

However, he changed his mind and reacted agrily when the man pointed the gun at his wife’s head.

Despite his mobility problems, Mr Stanley fought the robber and bundled him out of the house.

The gunman fired two shots towards Mr Stanley as he stood inside the hallway, then three more shots in the street before running off.

Mr Stanley said: “He could have just had my wallet, but when I saw him aiming the gun at my wife, the adrenaline just kicked in.

“I normally have to hobble just to get to the toilet, but I managed to wrestle him out of the house.

“I thought he was going to kill me when I heard the gunshots, but as soon as I noticed I hadn’t been hit, I started to think it wasn’t a real gun.

“It scares me this man is still out there on the loose, but I hope the fact he got beaten by a cripple will stop him doing this again.” Police believe the weapon was a gas-powered BB gun.

The shaken couple, who are having difficulty sleeping after the attack, at about 11pm on Tuesday, are now putting up CCTV cameras.

They are also urging others to be extra cautious of strangers knocking on their doors late at night.

Mr Stanley’s wife said: “I thought it was one of my neighbours who needed help.

“I should have shut the door behind me when I went inside to get Richard, but I didn't think. You never know how you would react in that situation.

“We want to stop other people having to go through what we went through. Next time, it could be an elderly person who lives on their own.”

The gunman was aged between 40 and 50, white, between 5ft 8ins and 5ft 11ins tall and wore a light-blue hooded top.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Basildon CID on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

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10:20am Sun 16 Feb 14

scrounger‎ says...

Well done Richard.
Well done Richard. scrounger‎
  • Score: 18

12:44pm Sun 16 Feb 14

essex bad boy says...

So not only is the Government attacking the disabled now we have crims doing it as well, blimey what next for the vulnerable in our society? Way to go man, put him in his place didn't it, freaking scumbag he was, now maybe he will think twice before attacking an old lady/man, but what would a normal person have done?
So not only is the Government attacking the disabled now we have crims doing it as well, blimey what next for the vulnerable in our society? Way to go man, put him in his place didn't it, freaking scumbag he was, now maybe he will think twice before attacking an old lady/man, but what would a normal person have done? essex bad boy
  • Score: 6

1:34pm Sun 16 Feb 14

ThisYear says...

essex bad boy wrote:
So not only is the Government attacking the disabled now we have crims doing it as well, blimey what next for the vulnerable in our society? Way to go man, put him in his place didn't it, freaking scumbag he was, now maybe he will think twice before attacking an old lady/man, but what would a normal person have done?
Good point...as soon as a taboo is broken ie the government, in the guise of that alien Ian Duncan-Smith, targeting the disabled then the rest of the bad eggs in society will follow the 'leader'

IDS is a disgrace to humanity.
[quote][p][bold]essex bad boy[/bold] wrote: So not only is the Government attacking the disabled now we have crims doing it as well, blimey what next for the vulnerable in our society? Way to go man, put him in his place didn't it, freaking scumbag he was, now maybe he will think twice before attacking an old lady/man, but what would a normal person have done?[/p][/quote]Good point...as soon as a taboo is broken ie the government, in the guise of that alien Ian Duncan-Smith, targeting the disabled then the rest of the bad eggs in society will follow the 'leader' IDS is a disgrace to humanity. ThisYear
  • Score: -2

2:24pm Sun 16 Feb 14

GrumpyofLeigh says...

Someone at the DHSS will doubtless be reviewing Mr S's benefits on Monday morning (yes I know the article makes no reference to such - its a joke. I think).
Someone at the DHSS will doubtless be reviewing Mr S's benefits on Monday morning (yes I know the article makes no reference to such - its a joke. I think). GrumpyofLeigh
  • Score: 2

7:12pm Sun 16 Feb 14

DogsMessInLeigh says...

Good work Ricardo.
Good work Ricardo. DogsMessInLeigh
  • Score: 4

7:23pm Sun 16 Feb 14

richardstanley1963 says...

I don't claim benefits, i'm lucky enough to be financially independant.
But i'm sure the dhss will check just in case :) .
I don't claim benefits, i'm lucky enough to be financially independant. But i'm sure the dhss will check just in case :) . richardstanley1963
  • Score: 4

10:13pm Sun 16 Feb 14

_Lotus_ says...

You know, about a year ago, I was on early shift and had to leave my home at 3.30am to go to work. There was a couple walking past my house and when they saw the light was on, they knocked on the door and asked to use the phone, I refused pointblank and told them that there was a phonebox just around the corner (which there is).

It is only when reading articles like this that makes me think............
You know, about a year ago, I was on early shift and had to leave my home at 3.30am to go to work. There was a couple walking past my house and when they saw the light was on, they knocked on the door and asked to use the phone, I refused pointblank and told them that there was a phonebox just around the corner (which there is). It is only when reading articles like this that makes me think............ _Lotus_
  • Score: 1

10:05am Mon 17 Feb 14

I-say-you-say says...

Looks as though this is a double good news story....they managed to get away from an armed robbery with a theft AND discover a miracle cure to his disability. Just ensure his adrenaline is always on a high and he'll be able to run around better than the rest of us! Perhaps rather than the disability people looking into this, the nhs should be!
Looks as though this is a double good news story....they managed to get away from an armed robbery with a theft AND discover a miracle cure to his disability. Just ensure his adrenaline is always on a high and he'll be able to run around better than the rest of us! Perhaps rather than the disability people looking into this, the nhs should be! I-say-you-say
  • Score: -2

4:56pm Mon 17 Feb 14

_Lotus_ says...

I-say-you-say wrote:
Looks as though this is a double good news story....they managed to get away from an armed robbery with a theft AND discover a miracle cure to his disability. Just ensure his adrenaline is always on a high and he'll be able to run around better than the rest of us! Perhaps rather than the disability people looking into this, the nhs should be!
Just out of interest, where in that article, does it say he was running about?

He said he managed to bundle the bloke out - how does that equate with him suddenly being tiptop on his feet?
[quote][p][bold]I-say-you-say[/bold] wrote: Looks as though this is a double good news story....they managed to get away from an armed robbery with a theft AND discover a miracle cure to his disability. Just ensure his adrenaline is always on a high and he'll be able to run around better than the rest of us! Perhaps rather than the disability people looking into this, the nhs should be![/p][/quote]Just out of interest, where in that article, does it say he was running about? He said he managed to bundle the bloke out - how does that equate with him suddenly being tiptop on his feet? _Lotus_
  • Score: 1

8:04am Tue 18 Feb 14

Discouraged says...

This happened a short walk away from Felmore's bail hostel.
This happened a short walk away from Felmore's bail hostel. Discouraged
  • Score: 1

8:21am Tue 18 Feb 14

richardstanley1963 says...

Nothing to do with the bail hostel, the perpetrator is on remand but cannot say anymore, for some reason the scum has rights :( .
Nothing to do with the bail hostel, the perpetrator is on remand but cannot say anymore, for some reason the scum has rights :( . richardstanley1963
  • Score: 1

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