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Plantation, Florida

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Last week police were called to investigate an attempted armed robbery:

The 71-year-old retired Marine who opened fire on two robbers at a Plantation, Florida Subway shop late Wednesday, killing one and critically wounding the other, is described as John Lovell, a former helicopter pilot for two presidents. He doesn't drink, he doesn't smoke, and he works out every day. Mr. 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, Mr. Lovell, who was finishing his meal. After robbing the cashier, the two men attempted to shove Mr. Lovell into a bathroom and rob him as well. They got his money, but then Mr. Lovell pulled his handgun and opened fire. He shot 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 the 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.

Mr. Lovell was a pilot in the Marine Corps, flying former Presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson. He later worked as a pilot for Pan Am and Delta Airlines.

He is not expected to be charged authorities said, ''He was in fear for his life.''

Detective 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.

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

Florida law allows eligible citizens to carry a concealed weapon. Don't you just love a story with a happy ending?

Old people don't fight, they just shoot you

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
KAREN608 7/10/2013 7:38PM

    It makes you think of the old west when people took care of things themselves.
Out here farmers all have guns, and I am surprised at someone stealing farm
things, because if they ever got caught in the act it would not be pretty.

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CLADY326 7/8/2013 3:41PM

    What a story. Just goes to show you crime doesn't pay.

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WAYSOFGRACE 6/27/2013 12:49PM

    As the daughter of a Marine, I can tell you right now they don't retire. They are not referred to as "former" Marines. They are just no longer active duty. Once a Marine, Always a Marine is what my daddy says. He's 77 years old and in better shape now than when he was active duty. He bikes 10 miles every day, and even now I would not mess with that man!

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KAYYVAUGHN 6/27/2013 10:48AM

    Uplifting story for the older generation.

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IDLETYME 6/27/2013 8:18AM

    That's a great story. Good for him!!! emoticon

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JANIEWWJD 6/26/2013 8:56PM

    Oh wow!!!! emoticon

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COOKWITHME65 6/26/2013 8:52PM

    My goodness. That must have been quite the scene.

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1CRAZYDOG 6/26/2013 8:40PM

    Uh boy!

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KATHRYNLP 6/26/2013 5:18PM

    Foolish-Punks! emoticon

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JUDY1676 6/26/2013 4:04PM

    What a great story! Thanks for sharing!

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TWEETYKC00 6/26/2013 4:01PM

    Hope a few people learn from this!

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KIMPY225 6/26/2013 2:49PM

    Wow crazy story!

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SENATOR9 6/26/2013 1:49PM

    You don't fool around with a soldier
Great story

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