Fleming Island, FL- Concealed Carrier Helps Women Being Threatened With Knife
Police arrested a 14 year old male for threatening a woman with a knife and demanding sex with him at a Fleming Island Walmart on September 11. A concealed carrier happened by and the woman called to him for help. He drew his gun and stopped the teen. Police apprehended the teen outside the store.
The woman, Alis Muntain, posted the following on Facebook:
Wow. I’m still reeling a little from the events of tonight.
Tonight, I was threatened with a knife in Walmart. In FLEMING ISLAND.
I am convinced that I would’ve been stabbed had it not been for the divine timing of another customer walking by who just happened to have a concealed carry license.
I was making a quick run to get cat food and litter. My arms were so full that I was sitting in the aisle contemplating whether I wanted to put it down and search for a cart when a teenager (15-17) approached me. I thought he was going to see if I needed help, but then he asked how old I was. A bit confused by the question, I just assumed he needed help himself and wanted to verify that I was an adult. I hesitantly replied with my age. He then said “I want you to have sex with me. I have a knife in my pocket.”, proceeding to pull out his pocket and show me that there was indeed a knife there. I blinked, paused, and then said “Are you aware that we’re on camera?”
“I want to make you aware that I have a husband and a THREE year old son waiting in my car for me. They will be looking for me soon.”
“And you are threatening me with a knife if I don’t have sex with you?”
RIGHT at that moment, a man walked across the end of the aisle behind the teenager. I have no idea how I had remained (at least visibly) calm to this point. Keeping my voice light, I called out “Excuse me sir, could you help me?” as the boy turned to see who was behind him. Thinking I was talking about my still full arms, he said “sure” and turned towards me. As soon as he took a step, I stated:
“This boy has a knife and is threatening to use it on me if I don’t have sex with him.”
Man: …. “are you serious?”
Me: “Yes.” *slowly edging backwards*
Man: “Are you threatening her??”
Teenager: “yes” *shows knife*
Man: “Call for help, now.”
By this point, I was about 8-10 feet away, so I turned and RAN, screaming for help. I didnt know the man had a concealed weapon that he pulled on the boy, who then proceeded to run after me. At the end of the aisle, I veered left. running into an entire display of plastic bins and losing my glasses, but he went right. He ran out of the store, but eventually was caught by police after pulling a knife on them as well.
I firmly believe that if that man hadn’t walked by when he did and had his gun on him, things could’ve gone VERY differently. It still doesn’t feel real. I’m so grateful that he was placed in my path at that moment, and that he was exercising his right to bear arms. I always figured that was a slim possibility at my school, but never at a Walmart in Fleming Island. You literally never know…
Clay County Sheriff’s Department spokesman Sgt Keith Smith reminded people that something like this could happen to anyone.
“She did exactly what she needed to do as for as making contact with someone and getting them involved, to at least bring attention to herself and what was going on.” Sgt Smith to News4Jax
The juvenile was taken for a mental evaluation before being placed at the juvenile detention center.