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Posted on Sun, Sep 2, 2012 : 11:06 a.m.

Man assaulted walking home says he was kicked in the chest

By Cole Bertsos

The investigation is ongoing for an assault which took place Friday night on the 600 block of Emmet Street in Ypsilanti.

Ypsilanti Police Department said the victim reported walking home when an unknown subject approached him and kicked him in the chest.

As of Sunday morning, the police had no further information on the incident, but said the investigation is ongoing.

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Cameron McLain

Tue, Sep 4, 2012 : 3:43 p.m.

What a great article, leaves so much up to the imagination


Tue, Sep 4, 2012 : 12:44 a.m.

That cat was fast as lightning.


Mon, Sep 3, 2012 : 1:52 p.m.

The chest is not typically a vulnerable part of the body, and although a high kick looks nice in the movies, it makes the attacker terribly vulnerable in real world combat. A kick to the groin or to a leg against a joint would be a better choice, and hopefully the attacker will one day receive this in return for his poor knowledge of combat.


Mon, Sep 3, 2012 : 3:27 p.m.

"Typically" doesn't count the population of people 55 or older and "typically" doesn't include the number of people suffering from osteoporosis, diabetes, or any number of other medical conditions know to increase physical vulnerability. Are you suggesting that there's no increased threat to these millions of people? Or are just asserting that, because they're "atypical," we aren't obligated to recognize anyone but young, healthy people when discussing physical threats? As for "(a high kick) makes the attacker terribly vulnerable" -- the natural question is: vulnerable to who or what? A high kick might make an attacker vulnerable if: (1) the defender happens to be Chuck Norris or any of the rare individuals who have actual skill in that area and (2) if the element of surprise is somehow taken away in "real world combat" (since surprise is exactly the strategy behind the high kick). Overall: your message seems to be recommending that thugs wake up and begin using more effective kicks against their victims. And it definitely looks like you don't care about the seniors and those medically impaired. So much for your concern about public safety.


Mon, Sep 3, 2012 : 1:21 p.m.

Maybe it was a flying kick, no description other than A kick? I'll have to look out for flying kicks next time I go through Ypsilanti.


Mon, Sep 3, 2012 : 4:54 a.m.

Would be interesting if there was more focus on defending ourselves - with force or without. But nooo, the police are too interested in monopolizing their position as "the last word" in stopping criminals and the newsies (despite ardent claims they are concerned for public safety) pick and choose their stories - almost always picking the ones which portray victimization without any suggestion that there might be ways of defending oneself. What if the victim in this story had recently had coronary bypass surgery? Such surgeries literally separate the chest at the sternum. Anyone with that procedure will be vulnerable and should some assailant kick them in the chest: the consequences could be dire. This is not a rare situation: the first coronary bypass was done in 1960 - 52 years ago. I mention this to highlight the potential danger of even a "simple assault" like the one described. And there are many other medical conditions which make (who knows how many) people seriously vulnerable to physical aggression. I'd like to mention that the law gives everyone the right to stop a physical attack - by whatever means available to that potential victim. It's not a duty or something one should think of casually - it's a literal right of everyone to stop physical attacks. It should be made clear that anyone thinking of initiating physical force on another makes themselves automatically subject to being stopped. As in STOPPED. The "unknown subject" who approached the victim - could have been stopped. But lack of awareness and training (in simple methods which may include the use of a handgun but are not limited to that) could be said to have allowed the attack. Lack of awareness: as in lack of public awareness. By keeping the public in the dark on this point - the newsies aren't doing us any favors. It's not political: it's a human value which goes beyond politics and recorded history.


Mon, Sep 3, 2012 : 2:12 a.m.

Check local karate classes for the perp. Not just everyone can kick like that.


Sun, Sep 2, 2012 : 8:46 p.m.

What kind of kick was it? Was it like a front kick? Or a roundhouse? Maybe a jump kick?