A remarkable incident occurred in Chicago early Sunday morning in which a man fought and disarmed a thief who was robbing subway passengers at gunpoint. Jean-Paul LaPierre, who is from Boston, was on his way to compete in the Chicago Marathon when he noticed the thief.
“He was very quietly robbing people,” LaPierre said, according to the Chicago Sun Times. “I went up front and said to him, give me the gun and we started fighting for the gun.”
Incredibly, LaPierre took the man’s gun and held him pinned against the train doors with one hand until police came.
In video of the incident LaPierre, who is a former boxer, can be heard saying “Black belt in karate, I have no problem breaking your neck.”
Despite the fact that the thief was both larger than him and armed with a deadly weapon didn’t seem to phase LaPierre, who according to the Chicago Sun Times said:
“I don’t like people that strike fear in people like that,” he said. “I don’t like bullies.”
In a colorful turn of phrase LaPierre says that when police arrived and the man refused to get on his belly, instead lying on his back, LaPierre ran up and “flipped him over like a hamburger and then they cuffed him.”
LaPierre seemed unfazed about the incident and says he ran in the marathon afterwards, according to the Chicago Sun Times adding:
“I’ve been involved in a lot of things,” LaPierre said. “I just seem to be at the right place at the right time, is what people tell me.”