Crime As I Know It...
ÃÂÃ ÃÂÃ ÃÂÃ ÃÂÃ ÃÂÃ ÃÂÃ ÃÂÃ ÃÂÃ ÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂThe bar scene is not my thing.ÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂ I remember making that statement long before the incident occurred. It happened late summer of 2003. My boyfriend took me to a bar named Sinibar. He is older than me, and was a regular at that bar. That made it easy for him to get me in. I was eighteen at the time. I was anxious to go out and mingle with the older crowd. I tried to go out several times with my girlfriends. I was told repeatedly that it was dangerous. The crowd out on Friday nights didnÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂt seem to think it was dangerous. The only way I was allowed out long was with my boyfriend.
ÃÂÃ ÃÂÃ ÃÂÃ ÃÂÃ ÃÂÃ ÃÂÃ ÃÂÃ ÃÂÃ I was extremely excited. I bought a new outfit, fixed my hair, and did my nails. I made sure the locks on my jewelry were secured and that my clothes werenÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂt wrinkled.
We left to the bar at about 10 p.m. that Saturday night. We left from the bar a little after midnight. I wish we wouldÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂve just waited a few more minutes. As we walked out of the bar, there was a line forming. It was rather cold outside. I held close to my boyfriend to keep warm. Neither of us had jackets. I had a sleeveless top on. We had walked quite a distance from the bar. The sidewalk was narrow. Whenever a group of people were walking opposite us, I would walk behind my boyfriend to allow room for the other people. Our hands were still intertwined.
ÃÂÃ ÃÂÃ ÃÂÃ ÃÂÃ ÃÂÃ ÃÂÃ ÃÂÃ ÃÂÃ Once we arrived at the street where the car was parked, we turned the corner. It was pretty dark down the street. As soon as we turned, I saw a shadow coming towards us. I instinctively drew behind my boyfriend to let the figure pass. After that I froze. The figure came at me and yanked my chain from my neck. He did it casually , as if no crime was being committed. I made no noise, nor move. My boyfriend didnÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂt realize what happened until he felt himself pulling me. He turned and saw me, stone-faced. The shadow had pulled the chain so hard that it skinned my neck. I had nail marks on my chest from it. My boyfriend quickly went after the guy. I still hadnÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂt moved. It was when I saw another man coming with a golf club that I ran to them. I started screaming ÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂ Stop it, you assholes! Leave him alone.ÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂ I jumped in between them, Thankfully, they werenÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂt fighting yet. My boyfriend told me to run and get out of the way. I couldnÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂt listen to him. There were two guys, and one had a club. I didnÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂt care what he was saying to me. I just kept trying to pull their attention away from my boyfriend. The two guys circled my boyfriend and started saying ÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂ Come on punk, fight! Tough ass, letÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂs see!ÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂ It was hard to make sense of the actions occurring. Not only because of the darkness, also the shock I had frozen into. It didnÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂt seem real to me. I didnÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂt care about the necklace. I just didnÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂt want anything crazy to happen.
ÃÂÃ ÃÂÃ ÃÂÃ ÃÂÃ ÃÂÃ ÃÂÃ ÃÂÃ ÃÂÃ I started looking around and saw a black Chevy Blazer watching. I quickly knew they werenÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂt going to help. That is where the guy with the club came out of. I knew it was going to get worse. I started screaming ÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂThere are the cops, HELP!ÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂ There really were no cops around. It made t he two guys instantly take off into the truck. My boyfriend hadnÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂt seen the blazer, so he had no intentions to look for plate numbers. I was so glad they left that I ,also, made no attempt to jot them down.
ÃÂÃ ÃÂÃ ÃÂÃ ÃÂÃ ÃÂÃ ÃÂÃ ÃÂÃ ÃÂÃ After the car sped off. My boyfriend began yelling at me. ÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂWhy wouldnÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂt you get out of the way? Next time run. I wouldÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂve gotten your necklace back!ÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂ As I heard his words I felt horrible inside. I knew why he was so focused on retrieving the necklace. The necklace had a charm that was a half a heart. The words big sister were engraved on it. My little sister had the other piece. I wore that charm everyday since she was born. Nine years later, it was torn from me.
ÃÂÃ ÃÂÃ ÃÂÃ ÃÂÃ ÃÂÃ ÃÂÃ ÃÂÃ ÃÂÃ We continued to walk to the car, I was crying. I was extremely fearful that the guys would be waiting at the end of the street for us. Thankfully, they werenÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂt. Once we drove off, we saw cops. We stopped and told them what happened. Unfortunately we didnÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂt have enough information for them to lead on. I couldnÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂt even remember what the guys looked like. Everything was just a blur to me.
ÃÂÃ ÃÂÃ ÃÂÃ ÃÂÃ ÃÂÃ ÃÂÃ ÃÂÃ ÃÂÃ My night ended terribly. It scares me to know that you really arenÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂt safe anywhere. After that, I always made sure my jewelry wasnÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂt flashy. I didnÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂt want that incident to repeat itself. I carry mace with me at all times. My life changed over a nightÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂs span. I hate that I walk at night and look behind my back repeatedly. What I hate more is that a single individual had the power to do that to me.