Jogger targeted in robbery saved by weighted vest, metal coffee cup (VIDEO)

A man out for an early morning run in his Cedar Hill, Texas, neighborhood Tuesday found himself face to face with an armed robber, but the man fought back with the only thing he had – a metal coffee cup.

The incident unfolded around 5:40 a.m. and part of it was caught on surveillance video.

James Rathbun said he was jogging, training for an upcoming race, when he noticed the suspect. At first, Rathbun thought nothing of it, gave the man a friendly wave, and said good morning as he passed. Rathbun was wearing earbuds during his run and didn’t immediately understand the suspect’s response.

“He said, ‘Give me your wallet.’ But I was thinking he said, ‘Give me some water.’ So I said, ‘I just have coffee,’” Rathbun recalled. “So, then he slaps me and I’m like, wait a minute…”

Rathbun removed his earbuds and the suspect again asked for the man’s wallet. Rathbun said he didn’t have one and was promptly slapped again. At that point, Rathbun fought back, striking the suspect in the face with his 32 oz. stainless steel coffee tumbler.

A fight ensued and as the two men fell to the ground, Rathbun heard two gunshots. Rathbun was struck in the shoulder, but a second bullet narrowly missed his back when it became lodged in a weighted vest he was wearing to train for the upcoming race.

Rathbun said a detective told him the shot stopped by the vest could have easily been a fatal one.

“He said that would have been a kidney or a liver shot,” Rathbun said. “Good thing I wore the vest this morning.”

Rathbun is expected to recover, but the suspect got away – empty-handed and covered in coffee.


Read More On:

Latest Reviews

  • Tuck & Carry: CCW in a Skirt

    Aimed at those who want the comfort and convenience of a skirt but with the protection of a holstered gun, the Tuck & Carry occupies what I term apparel holsters -- that is clothing/holster duos.

    Read More
  • The Marlin Dark in .45-70 is Stealthy and Modern

    Flash forward the lever gun of Western lore to the 2020s, where Marlin has taken that classic design and given it a modern upgrade. Meet the Marlin Dark.

    Read More
  • Gear Review: Sig Sauer Tango 6T 1-6

    Sig Sauer has long been a big name in the firearms industry, so it came as no surprise several years ago when Sig filled out its repertoire with its own optics line. Today, we’re looking at the Tango 6T, a 1-6 low power variable optic.

    Read More
  • First Look: Hornady 6mm ARC

    Hornady brought another impressive project to the shooting public in 2020 with the introduction of the 6mm Advanced Rifle Cartridge.

    Read More