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Would-be Robbers Beaten Black and Blue by Intended Victims

Gerald Allen and Johnny Calderon probably thought they had found the perfect marks in the two University of Virginia students they allegedly planned to rob, but found out only too late just how wrong they were.

According to police in Charlottesville, Virginia, suspects Allen, 18, and Calderon, 19, approached the two intended victims, who may not have even been students, on September 3, 2013, pointed a gun at them and tried to rob them. Somehow, reports don’t specify, the would-be victims got the jump on their attackers, disarmed them, beat the tar out of them and held them for police.

Responders had to take Allen and Calderon straight from the scene to the hospital. By the time they got around to booking Allen for attempted robbery and Calderon for attempted robbery, pointing a firearm and using a firearm in the commission of a felony, they looked like this:

Gerald Allen (left), and Johnny Calderon.

Gerald Allen (left), and Johnny Calderon.

It should be noted that police always recommend against ordinary citizens taking on armed assailants.

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