A few days ago a man was arrested at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport carrying a knife, stun gun, a baton and Mace. The man was 42 year old Timothy J. Pentaleri of Belleville, Illinois. The police went on to say that he was also wearing a disguise consisting of a heavy brown coat, a wig and a fake mustache and beard. The heavy coat drew the suspicion of the police and upon approaching him realized something wasn’t quiet right. When the officers frisked him they discovered the weapons which led to his immediate arrest. Later the police located and searched his vehicle and found a shovel, handcuffs, duct tape, and other items, including a handwritten note saying he would stun the woman and “club her hard,” according to the police report. Police also found a duffel bag containing condoms, a pillowcase cut into strips and other items. It was discovered that was plotting to kidnap his former girlfriend when she got off a flight.
There is no need to speculate how this would have turned out if the police had not noticed this deranged man. The question as to how this would have turned out is only a question of how prepared his ex-girlfriend is for this type of situation. Given his preparation it is doubtful he expected a lot of resistance. But to carry out his plan he would have had to get close enough to her to use the close range weapons he was carrying (with the exception of the Mace). This is an excellent example of the type of situation where awareness is our best self-defense weapon. Luckily we will not find out if his ex-girlfriend would have reacted in a way to save herself. Regardless, we hope she takes steps in the future to be ready to protect herself. Be aware, be safe.
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