Real life: Hitchhiker with a hatchet saves woman from rampaging, murderous lunatic

posted at 9:01 pm on February 5, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

Well. In lieu of Allahpundit’s usual palate-cleanser, here’s an — er — unique offering that I’d call equal parts palate cleanser, semi-non sequitur, and odd yet empowering example of citizen justice.

The story seems to be that a homeless hitchhiker, Kai, had nabbed a ride from a man who suddenly went berserk, started yelling racist epithets and claiming he was Jesus, and then deliberately rammed his car into a utility worker. The man jumped out and full-body grabbed a woman who had rushed over to help — at which point Kai, armed only with his trusty hatchet, quickly acted to neutralize the assailant. Or, in his own words, “Smash, smash, smash!”

Warning: Much profanity, not even a little bit safe for work.

 

All’s well that ends well, I suppose: The assailant has been apprehended, the utility worker is on the mend, and Kai is a viral Internet hero of both citizen-activist and interviewee-extraordinaire fame.

A Pacific Gas & Electric worker rammed by a driver from Tacoma has a broken leg and will need to remain in Community Regional Medical Center for a couple of more days, officials say.

The 37-year-old worker, who has been with PG&E for five years, asked not to be identified. He was talking to family members and in good spirits Saturday, said Denny Boyles, PG&E spokesman.

“It’s not his belief that anyone should be angry with the driver,” Boyles said. “He just hopes the man gets the help he needs.”

Fresno County sheriff’s deputies arrested Jett Simmons McBride, 54, of Tacoma on suspicion of ramming his car into the worker. McBride was booked into the Fresno County Jail early Saturday on suspicion of attempted murder. His bail was set at $1 million.

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Americans protecting themselves with hatchets?! Congress needs to immediately OUTLAW Hatchets! Background checks should be required before anyone is allowed to own them, and every hatchet should be registered!

easyt65 on February 6, 2013 at 11:12 AM

We seem to have a gender mis-match between the title and Hot Air’s text, and that of the News Tribune’s portion.

At least, “The 37-year-old worker, who has been with PG&E for five years, asked not to be identified. He was talking to family members and in good spirits Saturday, said Denny Boyles, PG&E spokesman.” doesn’t make the victim sound female.

jeffshultz on February 6, 2013 at 11:20 AM

I’m glad he got his licks in before the new Executive Order banning camping hatchets comes out today.

He should sit down with Paul Ryan and make some serious budget cuts.

NoPain on February 6, 2013 at 11:22 AM

Starting March 1, the metal head to all hatchets in California must be locked up and kept separate from the handle . . .

BigAlSouth on February 6, 2013 at 11:26 AM

It was the WEED, man! The WEED made me do it!

BTW, was that an “assault hatchet”?

GarandFan on February 6, 2013 at 11:27 AM

At least, “The 37-year-old worker, who has been with PG&E for five years, asked not to be identified. He was talking to family members and in good spirits Saturday, said Denny Boyles, PG&E spokesman.” doesn’t make the victim sound female.

jeffshultz on February 6, 2013 at 11:20 AM

The PG&E worker was the one that got pinned by the crazy guy’s car. After he pinned the worker with his car, breaking the worker’s leg, the crazy guy (not Kai) got out of his car and started roughing up the wimmins. That’s when Mighty Kai came to the rescue of the gals with his trusty tomahawk.

2L8 on February 6, 2013 at 11:40 AM

jeffshultz on February 6, 2013 at 11:20 AM

Reading comprehension is your friend. As is actually watching the video. The PG&E worker is male. Then two women came over to help the PG&E guy and were attacked by the nutcase. It was at that point that our gnarly hero intervened with his hatchet job.

GWB on February 6, 2013 at 11:46 AM

Nice to see Shaun White doing some good for his fellow citizens. ;)

Sterling Holobyte on February 6, 2013 at 12:01 PM

Palate thoroughly cleansed. Classic.

Jaibones on February 6, 2013 at 12:09 PM

It was the WEED, man! The WEED made me do it!

BTW, was that an “assault hatchet”?

GarandFan on February 6, 2013 at 11:27 AM

Me wonders if this started with Kai saying “try some of my weed man, it’ll blow your mind.”

agmartin on February 6, 2013 at 12:43 PM

This isn’t the first time I have heard/read about a utility man or cable guy getting attacked with a car. Usually the suspect is paranoid schiz.

Blake on February 6, 2013 at 1:41 PM

When the stoned surfer with the blood-stained hatchet is the good guy? You’re in California.

mojo on February 6, 2013 at 2:02 PM

Good thing that girl had a hatchet while hitchhiking.

jake49 on February 6, 2013 at 3:13 PM

I’m surprised Kai wasn’t arrested.

Here’s hoping he comes upon good fortune.

petefrt on February 6, 2013 at 4:09 PM

Just talked to my dad. Be asked if I had seen this video and I told him I passed it up. wow. Kai did the right thing. Hope he has many safe travels and many gnarly waves to ride. Been there.

tom daschle concerned on February 6, 2013 at 7:34 PM

Kai did the right thing. Hope he has many safe travels and many gnarly waves to ride. Been there.

tom daschle concerned on February 6, 2013 at 7:34 PM

http://shakamauiisfun.files.wordpress.com/2011/05/3109644-shaka-hand-sign-02.jpg

Axe on February 6, 2013 at 8:19 PM

He hitchhikes carrying a hatchet and he gets rides?

SukieTawdry on February 7, 2013 at 10:32 AM

best part is his hatred of the “Polizi” and love of the Sheriff Department. He’s borderline terror suspect just for that line of thinking in this new Obamamerica.

Police Force Bad, Sheriff Good.

Dino V on February 7, 2013 at 12:38 PM

Carrot Top’s brother is homeless?

Opposite Day on February 7, 2013 at 4:55 PM

Sure, this man might have used a hatchet for good, but imagine if he hadn’t? He could have killed that man.

BAN HATCHETS! /liberal logic.

BKennedy on February 7, 2013 at 9:50 PM

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