Armed thug posing as delivery driver gets more than he bargained for
Moment thug posing as an Amazon delivery driver brandishes a SHOTGUN at a father who grabs the weapon from him and wrestles him to the ground – aided by his loyal dog
- Vicente Forde, 32, dressed as a delivery driver before attacking a homeowner
- As the victim opened the door East Dulwich, south London, he pulled gun out
- Attack took place at 9.30am on July 13 last year, Forde pleaded guilty today
Doorbell footage captured the moment a thug posing as an Amazon delivery driver pulled a gun on a homeowner, only to have the weapon grabbed from his hand as he was wrestled to the floor by the victim and his dog.
Vicente Forde, 32, knocked on the door dressed in a high-vis jacket and carrying an empty package before pulling the loaded shotgun from his jacket, in East Dulwich, south London. at 9.30am on July 13 last year.
Forde pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence at Croydon Crown Court today.
Doorbell footage shows the victim – who had been at home with his young daughter and was on the phone to a friend at the time – prise the firearm from Forde and throw it under a nearby car.
He pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence at Croydon Crown Court today
Vicente Forde, 32, knocked on the door dressed in a high-vis jacket and carrying an empty package before pulling the loaded shotgun from his jacket, in East Dulwich, south London
Forde kicks and punches at the victim during the struggle, threatening to stab the young man if he doesn’t let go of the gun.
The victim’s dog, believed to be a French Bulldog, is seen jumping up at the thug in an effort to protect his owner.
Members of the public, including some builders working nearby, came to the victim’s aid and restrained Forde until police arrived to detain him.
The firearm was seized and found to be viable and loaded with two live cartridges.
Forde was arrested and taken into custody, while the victim was taken to a south London hospital for treatment for bruising and a broken nose. Forde was later charged and remanded in custody.
The shotgun Forde brandished at another man as he opened his front door (pictured)
The attack took place at at 9.30am on July 13 last year, as the victim was on the phone and at home with his daughter
He pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence at Croydon Crown Court today. He is due to be sentenced at the same court next month.
The circumstances around the incident continue to be investigated by detectives.
Detective Constable Imran Hansraj, of the Met’s Specialist Crime Command, said: ‘The victim had no idea what was about to unfold when he saw what he thought was a delivery man bringing a parcel to his address.
‘He had been home with his young daughter and was going about his business as usual when he was thrust into an incredibly frightening ordeal in which he fought for his life.
‘His life was turned upside down in a split second by Forde’s actions, which were wicked and cowardly in the extreme.
‘He was disguised and armed with a lethal weapon but the victim displayed incredibly bravery to disarm him.
‘He was lucky that a number of members of the public took heed of his cries for help and came to his aid.
‘They too deserve enormous recognition. I hope Forde will now spend a substantial amount of time in prison, and I am sure that London will be all the safer for it.’
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