Anthony Miranda Tried Robbing MMA Expert: Police
Bond was set at $350,000 Sunday for a convicted felon who chose the wrong victim on Chicago's Southwest Side this weekend: an a mixed martial arts expert.
The Chicago Sun-Times reports that Anthony Miranda approached a parked vehicle near 55th Street and Kenneth Avenue Friday night and asked the driver for a lighter before pointing a handgun at the man and demanding money. After the driver handed over some cash, Miranda reportedly ordered him out of the car -- which was apparently a mistake.
Chicago Police Officer John Mirabelli told the Sun-Times what happened next:
At some point, Miranda’s attention was diverted and the victim was able to grab control of the gun and the two wrestled.
During the fight, Miranda accidentally discharged his gun, shooting himself in the ankle, Mirabelli said.
The victim was then able to pin down Miranda until police arrived, Fox Chicago reports. He told officers he was a martial arts expert. Miranda was taken to Holy Cross Hospital with a "face full of lacerations," two black eyes and a gunshot wound.
Miranda, 24, was charged with armed robbery and aggravated discharge of a firearm. He was ordered held on $350,000 bond Sunday, according to the Cook County Sheriff's Office.
Clarification: The original version of this story stated the victim was an "ultimate fighting champion." He has since been described by news outlets as a "mixed martial arts expert."