Devon Gordon allegedly stole student's phone at McD's, but student took it back by force

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After Gordon allegedly tried to steal a student's phone, he was on the receiving end of some vigilante justice.
A student was cracking his books at an Apple Valley McDonald's on November 7 when he was approached by Devon Gordon. According to a police report, Gordon asked the student if he could borrow his phone to make a call.

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The student reluctantly said yes under the condition that Gordon stay near his table while using it. But after handing the phone over, Gordon headed for the exit and turned to say: "Thanks for the phone!"

The student, however, wasn't about to take that lying down. From Apple Valley Patch:
The victim chased Gordon, caught up to him on the median on County Road 42 and tried to convince him to return the phone, but Gordon refused. At one point, the complaint says, Gordon told the victim that he was a "wrestler and a boxer" and that the victim shouldn't "mess with him."

When Gordon tried to put the phone in his pocket, the victim swatted his hand away, and Gordon punched the victim, according to the complaint. Gordon tried to hit the victim four or five times, but the victim blocked his blows, grabbed him around his shoulders and forced him down into mulch on the ground.

The victim wrested his phone away from Gordon and ran back into McDonald's to call 911. Gordon fled the area, but police located him a short distance away, wearing a different shirt than the one that the victim described.
Gordon, for his part, told police it was just a misunderstanding -- he said he was simply outside using the phone when the student somehow got the idea he was trying to steal it, came outside, and assaulted him.

Gordon now faces a felony theft charge that could land him in prison for five years.


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JBGood
JBGood

His mother must be thinking, Damn, I have a stupid kid - probably will end up gang banging or doing drugs.  Look at him, looks like a sad excuse for a black male.

JBGood
JBGood

Look at this guy, he's a demented tramp.  Stealing a guys phone, is so weak - I hope that he learns a hard lesson - get a f*cking job you lazy sack of Sh*t. 

marevitals
marevitals

I heard Gordon is in the gym 9 hours a day working on his left jab.  But, what's hard to imagine is a "student" going to Mcdonalds to "study"......right.....

keny1
keny1

Why wasn't this wonderful excuse of a human being also charged with assault for punching the poor kid?

swmnguy
swmnguy topcommenter

The conventional advice would be to never follow or confront a perpetrator like this.  It's generally good advice. But I'm glad this kid did this, and I hope the kid gave Mr. Gordon a few bumps to remember him by.  And I hope Mr. Gordon gets the opportunity to reflect on the consequences of being a d'bag thief.  5 years seems a little severe, especially if I'm going to have to pay for his accommodations.  I'd prefer that he have to spend that time doing something productive for the rest of us, and maybe coming up with a plan for life that doesn't include being a d'bag thief.  If at all possible.

frank
frank

A person who is tring to prevent a crime being perpetrated against himself can hardly be described as a vigilante as your headline does.  Words are hard.

keny1
keny1

 @swmnguy The likelihood of that happening is probably zero. 

paigetastic
paigetastic

 @frank vig·i·lan·te (v j -l n t ). n. 1. One who takes or advocates the taking of law enforcement into one's own hands.

paigetastic
paigetastic

 @frank Vigilante justice is when justice is performed by a citizen - not a government agency.......not hard words.........just thought I should clarify for you.....

Lemmy420
Lemmy420

@paigetastic @frank Geez, I was thinking frank was probably kind of a douche when I read his "words are hard," post. Then I saw paigetastic try to call him out on it, and thought that paigetastic was kind of a douche for trying to seem smarter than frank. Now I kind of think frank really is smarter than paigetastic, and while he might be a douche in a snobby kind of way, frank is kind of the guy you don't want to beat up--even though I am sure he is like a giant nerd--but would be cool to have as a friend on account of he could totally put douches like paigetastic in their place.

TommyTheRat
TommyTheRat

 @paigetastic Um, it looks like you just got your ass handed to you, dude, he dissed you in two languages....Q E motherf@#king D, indeed.

frank
frank

If you use dictionary.com, you will probably not learn word meanings.  Your definition, while partly accurate, does not convey the accepted meaning of the word.

 

A more nuanced, and satisfactory, definition can be found at MW.com:  "a member of a volunteer committee organized to suppress and punish crime summarily (as when the processes of law are viewed as inadequate); broadly : a self-appointed doer of justice."

 

The word originates from the "vigilance committees," formed in America in the 18th and 19th century to establish what they viewed as law and order.  The term connotes individuals who enforce laws that they feel that government is unwilling or unable to do on their own. 

 

Even using the rather austere definition you quoted, however, the term vigilante hardly applies in this case. 

 

In the case at hand, the student was preventing himself from becoming the victim of a crime--it was a situation he was thrust into, rather than a situation than he sought. Since the victim called 911 after retrieving the phone, it is pretty clear that he did not take--nor, advocate taking--law enforcement into his own hands.

 

QED.

 

Thanks for playing, though.

paigetastic
paigetastic

I wasn't trying to be "smarter" than mr. douchtastic.....I was merely trying to say that this type of idiotic comment is definitely not helping out the overall intelligence of humanity..........as for you.......I think you guys should definitely be friends - it seems like a good fit.

Frank
Frank

 @paigetastic  I will help you hear, paigetastic.  I believe that the rodent was referring to QED, an abbreviation of the Latin phrase "quod erat demonstrandum."  The rough translation is "which was to be demonstrated." We use it in mathematics to show that a proof has been achieved.

 

I used it when pointing out that the victim of this theft called 911, summoning law enforcement to, you know, enforce the law, he was not engaged in vigilantism, thus demonstrating--though you had already done it nicely--that you are an idiot.

Frank
Frank

 @paigetastic  I probably have more dictionaries on my bookshelves than you have  books in your house. You are so right though, word meanings always improve over time.

 

Again, though, and, not surprisingly, you missed the point.  Even using the tepid definition of vigilante that you undoubtedly got from some source as cheesy as dictionary.com, rather than the more reliable Merriam Webster, the youth in this story was not engaged in the "taking of law enforcement into one's own hands." He retrieved his property and then called 911, summoning law enforcement to, um, enforce the law.

 

Clearly, you are not very bright if you don't see that.  But then you read Rupar.

paigetastic
paigetastic

 @frank btw - you might want to update your dictionary from the 17th century.......lol.....I hear they sell them in places called......bookstores.  A place where you may want to spend a significant amount of time - trust me, it will help you in the long run.

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