Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Argentina’s “Strongest Man” stabbed to death by scavenger

Alan Garay (43 years old) was a 260 pound “strongman” that won competitions both in Argentina and Spain. He could lift 880 pounds, pull 15 ton trucks and lift cars with little problem, but that didn’t save him from getting killed two days ago in the province of Mendoza, Argentina.
After an argument with Fernando Pezetti, a 50 year old cartonero (paper and trash scavenger) over trash left on the sidewalk next to his house,  Mr. Garay got into a fight with the man, easily overpowering him and punching him in the face. As Garay left, the scavenger produced a knife and stabbed him twice in the torso. The neighbors called for help but Garay was dead by the time help arrived.
Garay had lived in Madrid for ten years and had recenlty moved back to Argentina. He worked security at night clubs and at times was part of security details of international celebrities.
Lessons Learned:
1)Don’t get into a fight if you can avoid it.
2)Don’t EVER underestimate your opponent, even if you’re literally the strongest man in the country going against some random 50 year old hobo.
3)Always assume your opponent may be armed, NEVER turn your back on him.
4)Knives are ALWAYS lethal weapons. They don’t jam, they don’t run out of ammo and its practically impossible to pry one away from an attacker without losing a few fingers.
5)Again, just don’t get into fights, ESPECIALLY against someone that has nothing to lose.
Fernando “FerFAL” Aguirre is the author of “The Modern Survival Manual: Surviving the Economic Collapse” and “Bugging Out and Relocating: When Staying is not an Option”.

1 comment:

Don Williams said...

1) I looked at some of the news articles , albeit with Google Translate since I don't speak Spanish.

2) Some of them suggest --according to some witness accounts -- that the attack was more premediated on the part of the robber. That the robber tried to steal Alan Garay's fanny pack and threw garbage onto Garay's doorstep to provoke Garay into coming out of his house.

3) Another interesting point is that robber carried a large knife in a backpack. One assassination technique is for the assassin to appear unarmed with light clothing but to carry a knife in a paper bag, light jacket removed because it is a warm day,etc. As the assassin walks past the victim, he can pivot suddenly and stab the victim in the kidney, which often immobilizes the victim due to the intense shock.

4) The lesson is to be especially wary of someone carrying a bag that can contain a concealed knife or gun.

5) The robber also attempted to outrun the witnesses' outcries by fleeing on a bicycle -- which can move through city traffic jams faster than pursuers on foot can run.

6) If I understand the news articles correctly, the robber (a garbage scavenger) is claiming to be a "municipal employee" who was armed because he had been robbed several days before.

A man of substance caught up in chance events, as it were. That a mere robber can come up with such a defense shows the malign influence of amoral lawyers.

But again, the constructed, premediated legal defense shows that the robber was prepared with a backup plan if things went wrong. As the CIA says, deny everything, admit nothing and make counteraccusations.