A 23-year old man in Pennsylvania is alive and well and cooperating with police after being forced to defend himself in an armed robbery over hair extensions (yes, hair extensions). According to police in the Philadelphia suburb of Yeadon, the man was targeted by a group of crooks who apparently saw him as an easy target. They didn’t realize they were messing with a concealed carry holder who was not going to go down without a fight.
On Wednesday, Sept. 18, just before 11:30 p.m., Yeadon police found the body of Omar Thompson lying in the driveway at 2500 Alfred Drive. He had been shot in the head.
Minutes later, the case took a turn.
“We received a call from Delaware County dispatch that the alleged shooter was at the Clifton Heights Police Department,” Yeadon Police Chief Anthony Paparo said.
Police later discovered that the 23-year-old man who turned himself in was actually the victim of a setup and was merely protecting himself at the scene.
The 23-year-old was selling expensive hair extensions and police say he was lured by two women via text messages before the attempted robbery.
“Omar literally jumps in the front window of the driver’s side window, which was down, and is on top of the victim forcing a handgun into his stomach and demanding all of the property that the victim had brought with him,” Paparo said.
With a gun jammed into his stomach, the 23-year old then drew his own firearm, shooting Thompson in the head. As the suspects fled, the armed citizen left the scene as well, but went straight to the police to report what happened. Now officers are looking for three additional suspects, including one man who was apparently hanging around the scene of the armed robbery afterwards. Meanwhile, the victim in this case isn’t facing any charges, and authorities have already determined this was a justifiable homicide.
Police say the 23-year-old victim is still shaken by the deadly shooting.
“He’s a good kid who went through a very traumatic experience and is probably going to be affecting him for a long period of time,” Paparo said.
Police are protecting the victim’s identity. The suspects are thought to be armed and dangerous.
To say this was a traumatic experience is an understatement. I wish this young man well, but I hope that he understands that it was the actions of Omar Thompson that put him in a position where he was forced to defend his life. The 23-year old armed citizen was just hoping to make some money. Omar Thompson and his associates were hoping to take some property, and were prepared to use violence to get their way. Thankfully their intended victim was prepared to protect himself.