DA: Robbery Victim, 65, Justified in Shooting of Teens on Trail

WFMZ, January 26, 2012

A 65-year-old man was justified in shooting two of three teenagers who were attempting to rob him as he rode his bicycle along a popular river trail Wednesday morning, authorities announced Thursday.


The teens knocked the man off his bicycle and onto the ground in their third random robbery attempt in about an hour’s time, said Berks County District Attorney John Adams.

Two of the teens were assaulting the man when he pulled out a gun and shot them, police said.

The man is licensed to carry a gun, said Adams, who noted that the man told investigators he feared for his life. Adams said the man had no choice but to shoot.

One of the alleged assailants, Julius Johnson, 16, a student in the Reading School District who skipped school Wednesday, died at the scene of a gunshot wound to the chest, officials said.


Another teen, a 15-year-old student in the Governor Mifflin School District, was also shot and taken to a hospital for surgery. {snip}

The third teen, a 16-year-old boy, was uninjured and committed to the county’s Youth Detention Center.


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  • Anonymous

    YES !!!!  A basket for my team….’bout time!!!

  • Anonymous

    pity we don’t have the second amendment over here in the UK.

    • Anonymous

      The UK is going to hell in a hand-basket.

      Emma West was arrested for an angry rant on a train.  Nick Griffin arrested for something similar.

      “There will always be an England”?  It seems less and less likely every year.

    • Anonymous

      Yes, I agree.  You fools let them take your guns.  Don’t mean to be rude but that’s what happened.

      See vid on this.

  • When we see stories like this on a regular basis, perhaps then, will the predators begin to think twice about attacking innocent law-abiding and armed citizens.

  • Anonymous

    its annoying i have to do a google search to see where this took place

    • Jambolina

      I agree: especially when the original article appeared on a TV station website. For anyone else wondering about where this took place…

      Cumru Township., Berks County, is located next to Reading PA – which is approx. a one hour drive from Philadelphia.

      Reading’s 2010 demographics (according to Wikipedia) are as follows:

      “The racial makeup was 48.4% White (28.7% non-hispanic white), 13.2% Black (12.3% non-hispanic black), 0.9% Native American, 1.2% Asian, 0.1% Native Hawaiian, 30.1% from some other race, and 6.1% from two or more races. 58.2% were Hispanic or Latino of any race.”

      Reading has plenty of economic and crime problems, much like it’s neighboring city: Allentown, which is a 30-minute drive to the east.  Being located in part of a geographic triangle between Philadelphia and NYC makes both cities ideal for gang shootings and drug deals.

  • Anonymous

    This story is quite popular. Someone created a “R.I.P. Julius Johnson” Facebook page a half hour ago and it already has 60+ messages. One glance at the “photos” section of the facebook page pretty much tells you who created it.


  • It was only a matter of time.  Hope to hear more like it soon! 

  • We need many more happy ending stories just like this!

    • Anonymous

      Amen! If that sounds cold, so be it! Good riddance!!

  • Anonymous

    Well I see my original post was deleted so I will try again.   I am an advocate of self defense.  I would have done the same thing as the victim….well, except that I would have shot all 3 of my attackers. 

    • Anonymous

      It could be that he tried to.  Once he began shooting, I think the other two might realize they ought to get some distance.  Handguns loose accuracy pretty quickly as the idea short range opens up – regardless of what you see on tv.

  • Anonymous

    look on the bright side. regardless of the charges; agg assault, robbery even attempted murder, since they are juvi they get mandetory release at 21 with a clean record and even legally able to buy a gun so you wont have to pay for them too long.

    • B

      By law the two predators who lived should be charged with murder. When someone gets killed in the commission of a felony, all others involved in the felony crime are culpable for the murder.

      In Oklahoma, where the young white mother recently shot and killed an intruder, the intruders accomplice was charged with murder. Those perps were white though…. We will have to wait and see if the prosecutor in Reading has the courage to do the same with these blacks.

  • Anonymous

    it is nothing short of exhilerating to see people standing up for themselves and honorably defending themselves. sir if you are reading these posts, i salute you.

  • Justice served!

  • Anonymous

    God bless this poor man who refused to be another hate crime victim at the hands of racist blacks.

  • Anonymous

    Name of 15 year old released — Michael Gonzalez.

    Julius Johnsons myspace page: http://www.myspace.com/148451019


  • Anonymous

    I’ve been waiting nearly three decades for the next Bernard Goetz to show up.  Now, thankfully, the wait is over.  While Goetz’s claim of self-defense didn’t do him much good in overcoming a hanging (black) New York City jury, hopefully the outcome will be different here.  

    • sarah stein

      Break out the popcorn, there’s going to be a lot more of these punk ass little bitches getting put down. Word has gotten out that the blacks are committing genocide.

      • Anonymous

        That’s just too good to be true–the genocide part. I don’t think it can ever happen because they have kids as fast as they can. As soon as they’re old enough they start having babies with several different men/women. We whites are the ones committing genocide by allowing these useless pukes to take advantage of us for so long.

  • I’ve posted this link in the past but for those who don’t know about American hero Lance Thomas, please view this short youtube video. Mr. Thomas has dispatched with, extreme predjudice, several black thugs who attempted to rob his store and in the last case attempted to assinate Mr. Thomas. Mr. Thomas was one of the very first Californians to obtain a concealed carry permit. Heed Mr. Thomas’ advice; get a gun, get training, practice, practice, practice and get yourself in good physical condition. It just may save your life and the lives of others.


    • Anonymous

      Great vid.  The store owner killed 5 robbers.  That is justice!

    • Key take away “One of only TWO RESIDENTS in santa monica with a CCP”

      • California does offer CCW permits; it’s just that they are extremely difficult to obtain. California is a “may issue” state as opposed to a “shall issue” state. If you have a police chief or sheriff in your area who is opposed to the idea, you won’t get one. If you are lucky enough to live in a county where your sheriff thinks law abiding citizens have a right to defend themselves, you may have a chance to get one.

  • B

    Yet another example of a black gang targeting one white.

    • sarah stein

      It’s called the final solution. 

  • Keep up the good work amren. You are getting out the real news.

  • Anonymous

    That’s truly disgusting. They ruin everything. Atlanta is sinking into the third world, too.

  • sarah stein

    In Pennsylvania a person can be convicted of murder without proof of any intent to cause death if the death at issue occurred during the commission of a felony. It’s called the felony murder rule. Fortunately these youths are black, so they’ll only be charged with battery and or robbery. 

    • I don’t know about PA, (we might literally need a Philadelphia lawyer to answer), but many states have laws such that if this incident would have happened there, and one of the “teens” would have died, the other two would have been on the hook for murder.  For their act of robbery was the criminal proximate causation to one of their own getting killed.

  • You may think you’re being facetious, but the 13th Amendment allows slavery to be used as a punishment for crime, as long as the crime was disposed of under due process of the law.  The parents?  Good luck with those legal ethics.

  • Magnum Force

    The moral of the story here: Stay in School, kids. 

  • Zorro

    Obtain insurance called “Ultimate Shield” through the United States Concealed Carry Association.

  • A year or so ago a “stand your ground” law was being debated in the PA legislature, as related here on AR. (Naturally the blacks were fighting it.) One of the hallmarks of these laws is a prohibition against lawsuits by the criminal (or his survivors, if he’s killed). So if that law was enacted neither the wounded thug nor Julius’ family will have any legal recourse.

    For the record, such laws now exist in ~30 states. Wisconsin recently enacted it recently, along with “shall issue” concealed carry.

  • Anonymous

    I know of one case in California:  In 1994-5 there was an incident in Santa Rosa, CA where a man in a parking lot used a concealed weapon to stop a rape attempt.  He was charged with weapons violations, but the courts went easy on him.  He was acclaimed a hero by many, and the local paper joined in.  I know of two cases where men used pistols to defend themselves on their property.  Both went to court because death resulted.  One was a retired on disability former CHP.  Both were exonerated in court, but not before a long, stressful period of court process and a trial.

  • Anonymous

    I agree.  If we had a dozen of so similar cases, I think would be attackers would be more cautious, and maybe even decide the fun of attacking white guys isn’t worth it.  That still doesn’t help the thousands of white females raped every year.

  • Detroit_WASP

    This country was started by angry white men with guns.  Don’t forget that.