A Huntington Beach, Calif., crew attempting to rob a family-owned jewelry store on Sunday was repelled by a flurry of punches and kicks from the children of the store’s owners and employees, who were recorded in security footage leading the marauders out of the store empty-handed.
The wild video begins with a man in a black hoodie and mask entering the Princess Bride Diamonds jewelry store in the Bella Terra mall.
The scammer instantly smashed the front window with a hammer. Three other bandits charged behind him carrying backpacks they presumably hoped to fill with ill-gotten jewelry.
Huntington Beach, a quaint surf town in Orange County 35 miles south of Los Angeles, has not been immune to the trickle-down effect of the big city’s crime spree.
Robberies in Los Angeles are up nearly 20% from a similar period last year.
Trans and Lisa Baca started Princess Bride Diamonds in 1984 with a focus on custom-designed engagement rings that fit their clients’ budgets.
Their son, Dallas Baca, who was working when the robbers attacked. He said he saw their reflection out of the corner of his eye as they stormed the store.
Baca rushed out of the back room, shows the video, and landed a punch in the face of one of the thieves, doubling the thief and knocking him down.
Counter wife Lily Ochoa came around the smashed display case and shoved another of the bandits before repeatedly kicking the downed thug in the gut.
Trans and Lisa Baca started Princess Bride Diamonds in 1984 with a focus on bespoke engagement rings
Dallas Baca, left, and Sarah Baca, right, fought off four masked bandits with hammers who tried to smash and grab jewelry from their parents’ Huntington Beach jeweler, Princess Bride Diamonds
Princess Bride Diamond employees, including the store owners’ children, battled a smash-and-grab team on Sunday
The bandits entered the shop with hammers and backpacks, hoping to fill their bags with stolen jewelry
The owners’ children, Dallas and Sarah Baca, fought off the bandits, driving them away after a series of punches and kicks.
Lily Ochoa was seen repeatedly kicking one of the robbers after he was knocked to the ground
The two store employees then ganged up on another of the robbers who punched him in the face and body and drove him out of the store.
Sister Sarah Baca then ran from the back of the store with a chair and smashed it into the back of another thief who tried to enter.
“I was just looking for something big and heavy to hit them with and the stool was right there so I ran, grabbed the stool and hit the guy over the head with the stool as hard as I could “, she said. BNC News.
One of the masked marauders hit Sarah Baca in the head with a hammer, but she was barely fazed.
“At one point, while I was fighting them, one of them actually hit me in the head with a hammer, on the side of my left temple, but I didn’t even register it before their departure because there was so much adrenaline going on,” said Sara Baca KTLA.
The brother and sister eventually send the crew out of the store and lock the doors behind them.
“I didn’t think about it too much, I just reacted,” said Dallas Baca BNC News. “I feel like you never think it’s going to happen to you, but you always know it’s a possibility, in the back of your mind.”
Customers applauded the tenacity of the workers in the fight against the thieves.
“It’s cool to see them fight. It was awesome!’ David Clark said CBS NewsLos Angeles. He who bought his engagement ring for his fiancée Audrey Tate at the store.
“We live across the street and David got our engagement ring from here, so we care a lot about the staff,” Tate said. “We’re just sad to see what happened.”
The Huntington Police Department said no one was seriously injured in the melee and is investigating the attempted robbery. No arrests were reported.
The shooting happened around 3:15 p.m. on the sand just south of the Huntington Beach pier and near the trail
A surf dog grabs his surfboard as dogs and owners go out to catch the waves at the annual Surf City Surf Dog event in Huntington Beach
Last September, police shot and killed a gunman at close range after he refused to drop his weapon during the US Open of Surfing competition.
The LAPD has identified 17 separate “home tracking” teams that are targeting wealthy commercial areas and enclaves for violent carjackings and watch thefts.
There have been 221 such attacks since last November, when police set up an 18-person task force to tackle the phenomenon.
Orange County District Attorney Todd Spitzer has taken a different approach to crime than “woke” Los Angeles District Attorney George Gascon.
His re-election slogan was “No LA in OC”.