FRESNO, Calif. -- A California man got an early morning beat down after being pummeled by a karate student who found him drunk in her bathroom.
Jannine Ramirez had just won a karate competition when she arrived at her Fresno apartment early Sunday and heard someone in the bathroom. Ramirez, 20, kicked down her bathroom door, then kicked the intruder through a shower door.
She continued with an onslaught of kicks and punches until Wilberto Zapata, 18, was outside her apartment.
"We didn't recognize him," Ramirez said. "Me and my mom live in the apartment, so no guy whatsoever should be in there."
Ramirez has a yellow belt – a step above beginner – and expects to be promoted to orange belt next month at during a competition in Fresno
She has been a karate and Muay Thai kick-boxing student for a year. Saturday was her first competition.
"I was actually more nervous in the competition than I was trying to get this intruder out of my house," said Ramirez, who attends Fresno City College and plans to study physical therapy at Fresno State University. "I literally kicked him all the way through my house."
Police said Zapata was drunk and thought he had broken into his own apartment. He was cited for unlawful entry into a home and released. A phone listing for Zapata could not be found.
Ramirez has no regrets.
"I had to protect my mom and protect myself and get this intruder out of my house," she said. "He sort of did deserve it. If he hadn't broken into my house, it wouldn't have happened."
Granny Lulu Campbell
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Pudding the Cat
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Jeremy Wuitschick and Johnny Wood
On April 9, 2012, seventh graders Jeremy Wuitschick (pictured) and Johnny Wood noticed something was clearly wrong with their bus driver. As the driver suffered a medical emergency and became unable to control the bus, The Milton, Wash. student grabbed the wheel and successfully drove the bus to safety. Meanwhile, Wood performed CPR on the unconscious driver.
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Pinky the Dog
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As an FBI agent, Harry Trombitas may not strike most people as an "unlikely" hero. What is unlikely, however, is the legend's tactical weapon of choice: comedy. By endowing wanted suspects with nicknames like the "Droopy-Drawers Bandit" or "Mullet Man," Trombitas not only entertained the public, but drew the public eye to important details that ultimately helped catch the crooks. Other memorable suspect nicknames include the "Enviro-Friendly Robber," who toted a reusable grocery bag to carry off stolen goods; and the "Dirty Bieber Bandit," who got his moniker after a witness described him as looking like Justin Bieber, "only dirty." Trombitas officially retired from the FBI on Monday, April 30, after almost 30 years with the agency.