A Houston man was robbed at gunpoint as he made his way to his car after leaving a bar on Thursday. But in addition to the man's wallet and phone, the robber ended up with bullet wounds and bite marks from a German Shepherd, thanks to a pair of quick-thinking good Samaritans.
Police say the armed thug was canvassing a local neighborhood when he thought he had found an easy mark. The victim, Kevin Dorsey, told KHOU that he hadn't even closed his car door before a man, dressed in all black and wearing a ski mask, put a gun to his chest and demanded his wallet, cell phone and car keys.
Dorsey took off on foot after being robbed, prompting two men in a Mercedes to ask him what had happened.
"As soon as they pass me, they see the guy has a gun to me," Dorsey told KPRC. "They stopped right there. The guys in the gray Mercedes asked me, 'Did you just get jacked?' I said yes."
The two unidentified vigilantes went after the suspect and reportedly exchanged fire with the criminal. The good guys eventually won the gun fight and wounded the thief.
In a twist of irony, the robber jumped a fence after being shot in an attempt to escape -- only to find a German Shepherd waiting for him on the other side. The dog attacked him and prevented him from escaping before police arrived.
"I don’t own a gun. I’m totally at the mercy of my saviors. They obviously sent two angels to help me. These people protected me when I couldn’t protect myself."
The robbery suspect, later identified by police as Christopher Hutchins, was being treated at Ben Taub Hospital for a gunshot to his abdomen. He is expected to recover.
It's unclear whether the two men who came to Dorsey's rescue were concealed carry permit holders, however, reports do not indicate that police took any action against the men. In Texas, gun owners can carry firearms in their car without a concealed carry permit so long as the weapon is not in plain view and the owner is not involved in criminal activity, a criminal street gang or otherwise prohibited by law from carrying a weapon.
This story has been updated.