"They Done Shot Bobby!!!" (This is a TRUE CRIME STORY with a TWIST)

Real Estate Agent with The Elizabeth Nieves Realty Group

SINCE today is Saturday...and SINCE Saturday comes at the end of the week...and SINCE I want a good excuse to tell this story...I'm going to USE today being Saturday as my EXCUSE! 





(Just a few short years ago...) When I was sixteen years old, I had a summer job at Wendy's. (It was a horrible job, but that has nothing to do with this post.) One afternoon...listening to music and daydreaming about what I would do with the rest of my day...I was driving happily along after finishing my shift. I had a white Mazda RX3...standard...that would backfire every now and then when I changed gears quickly. (Keep this in mind, as I continue the story.)


As I was driving along, just about to turn onto the highway, I noticed something (out of the corner of my eye) that didn't seem quite right. I looked closely and saw a young guy standing behind an old man. The old man was mowing his lawn, and the young guy had come up from behind him and was strangling him with a tshirt. It seemed as though the young guy was trying to take the old man's wallet, but he could not get it free from his pocket. In his adrenaline-driven panic, he was choking the old man...close to death.


Without thinking about what I was doing, I whipped the car around and started heading directly for the old man and young thief. The young guy released the old man and bolted down the street...with me hot on his trail. We were inside the city limits...with a stopsign at each corner. Therefore, I had to stop and go a lot...but I kept the punk in my sights. 


We had traveled six or seven blocks when I heard many frantic voices screaming..."They done shot Bobby...OH MY LORD...They done shot Bobby!" Just then, I saw the young thief take a dive through the air from the street to a house below street level. As he landed, I saw that the source of the screaming voices was ten or so hysterical people on the porch of the house he dove onto.


Satisfied that I knew where he lived, I turned back around to go check on the old man and call the police. As I drove back up the street, I saw people lined up along the sides of the road...straining to get a better look. They were looking at ME! Then, I saw five police cars in front of the old man's house. "GOOD"...I thought..."NOW they can go get the bad guy!"


Still pumped up from the chase, I parked and jumped out of my car...heading toward the police and yelling, "Let's go get him. I know where he lives." They were standing in the old man's front yard...in a circle...and they were NOT moving. They were also staring at me. "Come on...I KNOW where he lives!!!"...I screamed. ::WHY AREN'T THEY DOING ANYTHING?:: Two officers began to walk in my direction. They looked at me...then looked at my car...then looked back at me. By this point, I was really frustrated that they were not reacting..."Sir...PLEASE...come with me. I can show you where he lives."


At that moment...I had that same (icky) feeling that you get when you are called to the principal's office but you don't know what you did wrong. ::HEY GUYS! DON'T YOU KNOW THAT I'M THE HERO HERE?:: One officer spoke up, "Maam...is that your car?" ::DUH...DIDN'T I JUST DRIVE UP IN IT?:: "Yes, sir, that is my car." Then he said, "We have received many reports from the neighbors...of a white lady in a white Toyota...chasing a barefooted black man down the street...shooting at him. What can you tell us about that?" ::OOOOOOMMMMMMMGGGGOSSSHHHHH...THEY THINK I'M THE BAD GUY!::


Trying NOT to laugh...cuz no one else was laughing...I said, "Sir...as you can see, I don't have a Toyota. It is a Mazda. AND...I was NOT shooting at anyone! My car backfires when I change gears too quickly. That is probably what people heard. NOW...can we please go get the BAD GUY???"


Still a bit puzzled by what had occurred, the two officers escorted me to their car and asked me to show them where the perpetrator (I really wanted to use that word!) lived. When we arrived at the home, the officers lined up ALL of the young men who were in the house...ALL eight of them...and asked me to pick out the guy I had seen strangling the old man. Of course, he was not there. In the time it had taken for the officers to realize that I was NOT the bad guy, the real bad guy had gotten away. As far as I know, they never found him.


Through the years, I've thought about this particular day many times and tried to imagine what the scene must have looked like through the eyes of EVERYONE ELSE. From my perspective, it was sooooooooooooo utterly clear...it was absolutely cut and dry. There was a victim and a predator...a good guy and a bad guy. (AND ME...the HERO!) And...YET...from their (the police officers' and witnesses') perspective...from where they were standing...it was not so clear. In fact, they got the facts turned completely upside down and inside out.


That thought led me to this question: How often do we (humans) see something or somene and make a judgement...without realizing that our glasses are fogged up...that our view is distorted...that our perspective is JUST PLAIN WRONG? How many times do we walk away believing what we have 'seen with our own eyes' when we've really not 'seen' anything at all? HOW DO WE DISTINGUISH TRUTH FROM DECEPTION...ESPECIALLY WHEN THE DECEIVER IS...OUR OWN SELF?


I'm glad you asked!


Proverbs 3: 5-6 "Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight."


IF we trust God...REALLY trust Him...TRUST Him with ALL of our hearts...He will reveal truth to us. He will allow us to 'see' more clearly and understand more fully. Our perspective will allign with His perspective...and He will bring our vision into focus. What once was cloudy will become clear...what was once confusing will become simple...what once was gray will become spectacularly colorful.








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Gary Woltal
Keller Williams Realty - Flower Mound, TX
Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth

Elizabeth, now if this were in the days of the cell phone you could have parked yourself in front of the perpetrator's house and called it in. It is amazing the police acted so slow, the perception was ALL wrong, and the guy got away. Seems like the others in the house could have identified him though. I would have done the same thing you did. Someone has to stick up for people being wronged. Your adrenaline surely was really pumping! We do have to watch not to prejudge and give the benefit of the doubt sometimes. Trust is key.

Jan 04, 2009 12:39 AM #7
Don Rogers
Keller Williams Realty Chesterfield - O'Fallon, MO
Realtor, Broker, CDPE, GRI, OnullFallon MO & St Charles County MO homes

Thank you ma'am for my Sunday Morning Motivation.  I always get something that I am lacking when you drop by.

Jan 04, 2009 12:58 AM #8
Ann Cummings
RE/MAX Shoreline - NH and Maine - Portsmouth, NH
Portsmouth NH Real Estate Preferrable Agent

Hi Elizabeth - thankfully there are still people like you who try to right a wrong when you see it.  And how very true that oftentimes what we see is not at all what things really are.  We all need to pause a moment before jumping the gun on assumptions.


Jan 04, 2009 01:33 AM #9
Bruce & Mary Smith
Savannah Lakes Homes - McCormick, SC
REALTORS, Savannah Lakes Village McCormick SC

Enjoyed your story.  Yes, you are right that we often have fogged glasses!  I know I need to clean mine regularly so that I keep and open mind about day-to day events.  It is through our faith in God that we see clearly!  Happy Sunday!

Jan 04, 2009 06:33 AM #10
Carol Smith
Casmi Photography - Mebane, NC

And you think I'm crazy?  LOL  We need to talk, young lady!

You are too much!  Love ya!

Jan 04, 2009 08:06 AM #11
Barb Szabo, CRS
RE/MAX Trinity Brecksville Ohio - Cleveland, OH
E-pro Realtor, Cleveland Ohio Homes

Elizabeth, As always from your post, I receive food for thought. Thanks.

Jan 04, 2009 08:41 AM #12
Eric McGowan
Moody, AL

Elizabeth, good for you standing up for the old man but how very different this could have turned out. I agree with watching before we speak and act as we can be hindered by our own perception.

Jan 04, 2009 10:56 AM #13
John Novak
Keller Williams Realty The Marketplace - Las Vegas, NV
Henderson, Las Vegas and Summerlin Real Estate

And none of the police officers thought to ask the eight kids in the lineup who Bobby was and where he lived? Interesting how people can see the same events so differently.

Jan 04, 2009 11:16 AM #14
Marlene Pellegrini
Norwich, CT

Huh?!?!  The twist in your story threw me.

Wow, what a story. 

Proverbs 3: 5-6 "Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight."

I shall.

Jan 04, 2009 12:31 PM #15
Jeff&Grace Safrin
F.C.Tucker 1st Team Real Estate - Valparaiso, IN

Happy New Year Elizabeth - I Remember this story - it's lesson is very applicable to how we see things....

Paradigms power perceptions and perceptions power emotions !

If your paradigm or perception is skewed - the wrong emotions may follow.

In your case, you were able to clear up misconceptions - in life - not every one in authority ( self appointed or otherwise:) wants to listen to reason!

GBU sis


Jan 04, 2009 02:50 PM #16
Doreen McPherson
Homesmart ~ Scottsdale ~ Tempe - Tempe, AZ
Phoenix Arizona Real Estate ~

Elizabeth, I signed up to get your posts in my email and I love it!  The only problem is, what ever it was I wanted to say in a comment  two days ago is not longer in my brain!  LOL!  You are right about how we judge and how we deceive ourselves.  Someone once told me we must pray to see from God's perspective.  Ours is so far off.  Proverbs 3:5-6 are one of my favorites.

Jan 04, 2009 07:28 PM #17
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Great story! Thanks for themessage. It is so true. Love the London Tower Bridge picture. Our cruise ship was parked under this gorgeous bridge for 3 days this past August and I have some great pictures. You wweren't on the Azamara, My Journey ship?

Jan 04, 2009 11:23 PM #18
Kim Sellers
Lake Arrowhead, CA Coldwell Banker - Lake Arrowhead, CA
Lake Arrowhead Realtor - BRE#01412099 - Lake Arrow

Goodness Elizabeth, what an awesome post... I love this.  You are a Good Guy, and a inspiration.

Jan 05, 2009 08:20 AM #19
Bill Gassett
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Hopkinton, MA
Metrowest Massachusetts Real Estate

Elizabeth I have to tell you that you always have the best stories:) I love the fact that your car was back firing was thought to be gun shots. I hope you know better today not to be a hero like that. I am sure you would be the one getting shot today chasing after crook.

Jan 05, 2009 10:51 PM #20
Gary McNinch
Better Properties Real Estate - Renton, WA
Broker, Renton WA Real Estate

Eliz,  Well Sis, not sure about you. aren't you just a crime fighter, too???  

I remember once upon a time stopping an old pickup for swerving down the road.  started to walk up to talk to the driver, got by the back tire and it backfired.  Crapola, one rookie Trooper, my heart jumped up in my throat, hit the ground on my face, pulled my gun.   Driver was more scared than me.  Nice local 16 year old farm kid. We did have a laugh.  I don't know who was more relieved, him or me.  Society has changed, don't chase people down now, you really could get shot. 

List and Sell (it really is much safer than police work, believe me)   Gary @ RentonHomeFinder.com

Jan 06, 2009 05:30 PM #21
Cynthia Tilghman, Realtor® Onslow County NC Home Specialist
Kingsbridge Realty, Inc - Hubert, NC

LOL!  You have the best (and true) stories!  I really enjoyed that.

Jan 06, 2009 09:21 PM #22
Missy Caulk
Missy Caulk TEAM - Ann Arbor, MI
Savvy Realtor - Ann Arbor Real Estate

Wow, very interesting story. Makes you wonder why some folks just walk on by when they encounter situations that could get them involved. Great Bible scriptures on perspective.

Jan 08, 2009 12:41 AM #23
Russell Lewis
Realty Austin, Austin Texas Real Estate - Austin, TX

"(Just a few short years ago...)" That is so funny, and like your story depends on the perspective of each persons view. Elizabeth his was such an interesting and well told story and well worth the read! Truth is almost always stranger than fiction!

Jan 10, 2009 08:32 AM #24
Valerie Springer
Benchmark Mortgage nmls 2143 - Birmingham, AL
Home Loan Officer AL, FHA, VA, Conventional and Re

I love this story.  Sometimes in our quest to help others we put ourselves in danger.  I am happy you were safe and you are a hero for doing your civic duty regardless.  Thanks for sharing.

Jan 13, 2009 02:28 AM #25
What a adventure you had that day A few short years ago....And what a great way to remind us to see things according to the will of the Lord. Thanks for a great story.
Mar 12, 2009 02:26 PM #26
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