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Wednesday, January 16, 2008

#356 Elder Marine

I received this story in an email from a friend. I have no idea if it is accurate or not. There was no mention of it at

It is a shame that young men seem to think it is OK to rob others. It is also too bad that parents don't teach their children that an education is the way to a satisfying life.

Date: Tue, 25 Dec 2007

Don't Mess With A Marine Who's Trying To Eat

Police called to investigate the scene:

The 71-year-old retired Marine who opened fire on two robbers at a Plantation, FL, Sub shop late Wednesday, killing one and critically wounding the other, is described as John Lovell, a former pilot for two presidents.

He doesn't drink, he doesn't smoke, he works out everyday. Lovell was a man of action Wednesday night.

According to
Plantation police, two masked gunmen came into the Subway at 1949 N. Pine Rd. Just after 11 p.m. There was a lone diner -- Lovell, who was finishing his meal. After robbing the cashier, the two men attempted to shove Lovell into a bathroom and rob him as well. They got his money.

But then Lovell pulled his handgun, opened fire, shooting one of the thieves in the head and chest and the other in the head.

When police arrived, they found one of the men in the shop. K-9 units found the other in the bushes of a nearby business. They also found cash strewn around the front of the sandwich shop according to Detective Robert Rettig of the Plantation Police Department.

Both men were taken to
Broward General Medical Center, where one, Donicio Arrindell, 22, of North Lauderdale died. The other, 21-year-old Frederick Gadson of Fort Lauderdale is in critical but stable condition.

A longtime friend of Lovell, was not surprised to hear what happened. ''He'd give you the shirt off his back and he'd be mad if someone tried to take the shirt off your back,'' he said.

Lovell worked as a pilot for the Marines, flying former Presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson. He later worked as a pilot for Pan Am and Delta. Lovell is not married and does not have children.

He is not expected to be charged, authorities said ' 'He was in fear for his life,'' Rettig said. ' These criminals ought to realize that most men in their 70's have military backgrounds and aren't intimidated by idiots.'

Something tells me this old Marine wasn't 'in fear for his life' even though his life was definitely at risk. The only thing he could be charged with is participating in an unfair fight. One 71 - year young Marine against two punks. Two head shots and one center - body- mass shot - good shooting!.

That'll teach them not to get between a Marine and his meal.



Peter said...

Fairly extreme Jack, but you can't help thinking... the good guys won.

Karen said...

Well, if it's not true, someone's imagination has run amok.

Hale McKay said...

Jack the new story is moving right along - so good that I have posted the third installment on Wed., 1/16, instead of waiting until Monday. You'll find it the link below:

Echoes of Eddie -3

Part 4 is finished and will be posted on Monday. Part 5 has been started - maybe next Wednesday?


Congrats on making the move to Beta. It looks good.


As for your post - that's quite a story.

Skunkfeathers said...

True or not, I don't consider the ex-Marine's reaction and results extreme at all. Young thugs routinely target the elderly as "easy" marks. Justice here was served. If true, I applaud him. If not, I applaud the moral of the story.