Paradise Lost: 70 Year Old American Tourist Kills Mugger with Bare Hands in Costa Rica


The AARP should be singing the praises of the 70 something year old American tourist from Ohio who wished to remain anonymous for his heroic actions in Costa Rica. When will people from other countries learn, don’t mess with those in our armed forces, present or retired?

SAN JOSE, Costa Rica · An American tourist who watched as a U.S. military veteran in his 70s used his bare hands to kill an armed assailant in Costa Rica said she thought the attempted robbery was a joke — until the masked attacker held a gun to her head.

“I thought it was a skit. But then he pointed the gun at my head and grabbed me by the throat and I thought I was going to die,” Clova Adams, 54, told The Associated Press by telephone Friday from the Carnival cruise ship Liberty.

The crime continues to occur throughout the Caribbean against tourists. I guess this is one way to permanently put an end to the problem. Good riddance to bad rubbish.

The assault occurred during a ship stopover Wednesday in Limon, 80 miles east of San Jose, Costa Rica’s capital.

They were climbing out of the van at a beach when three men wearing ski masks ran toward them, Adams said. One held a gun to her head, while the other two pulled out knives.

One of the tourists, a U.S. military veteran trained in self-defense, jumped out of the van and put the gunman in a headlock, Hernandez said.

Hernandez said the American, whom he refused to identify, struggled with the robber, breaking his collarbone and eventually killing him. Police identified the dead man as Warner Segura, 20. The other assailants fled. (Sun Sentinel)

American Cruise Passenger Kills Beach Mugger

The U.S. State Department provides updated information on threats to American travelers.

For Costa Rica, it advises that theft is common.

In the Bahamas, a popular cruise ship destination, visitors are instructed that “crime and violence has moved into more upscale tourist and residential areas.”

According to the State Department, Bermuda “has a moderate but growing crime rate.” (ABC News)


Posted February 24, 2007 by
Crime, Travel | 8 comments

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  • Comments

    8 Responses to “Paradise Lost: 70 Year Old American Tourist Kills Mugger with Bare Hands in Costa Rica”

    1. mayan_moons on February 24th, 2007 5:11 pm

      I read about this yesterday and was like WOW…..Hurray for an American Hero who’s a retired serviceman! The other 2 punks ran scared.

    2. mayan_moons on February 24th, 2007 5:13 pm

      I only wish there had been a hero, American or otherwise that would’ve stopped the punks who hurt Natalee.

    3. Miss-Underestimated on February 24th, 2007 7:07 pm

      Hip Hip Hooray….A hero and defender…what a lucky lady to have this hero with her.


    4. Richard on February 24th, 2007 7:59 pm

      Message for those seeking safety:

      a. Avoid the Caribbean.
      b. Avoid cruise ships.

      No guarantees, but you’ve just upped the odds in your favor considerably.

    5. Richard on February 24th, 2007 8:01 pm

      Question: If Costa Rica had tried to prosecute this guy, do you think the American public would have risen in outrage?

      Answer: Damned right we/they would have!

      Question: So why won’t they come out swinging for the Holloway Twitty family, nearly two years later?

      Answer: ????

      (Suggestion: Come join us in Boston and start the ball rolling!)

    6. Jeff Crawford on February 24th, 2007 9:44 pm

      This was a retired Marine.

      If you read the other press notices about this, a 54 y/o female was being held at gunpoint when this gentleman resolved the situation.

      I am proud to be a Marine, and American, after this.

      Also, Charles Bronson has no comment..

    7. katablog on February 25th, 2007 11:36 am

      Most places in the Caribbean are no less safe than many places in the USA. Travelers seem to forget to take their wits and safety precautions with them when then get off the ship or go on vacation.

      This incident could have happened just as well in the USA. I do think it’s great when victims fight back and win.

    8. Todd Wilson on April 2nd, 2008 1:18 am

      Sick,Lame and Lazy,Airborne Crazy Urah!- You just don’t mess with U.S. Marines especially Airborne Marines from 1st Recon Bn. and 1st Air Delivery Platoon. Semper Fi

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