LOS ANGELES, CA – A local resident and concealed carry permit holder, Vince Ricci, is urging Los Angeles city leaders to take action against criminals who are terrorizing law-abiding citizens. Ricci, who had to protect his family during a frightening home invasion, expressed his concern about the increasing crime rate in the city.
Ricci, a successful entrepreneur, was returning from the gym to his gated home last Saturday evening when he was accosted by two armed men attempting to break into his residence. He described the harrowing experience, stating that he was suddenly faced with a gun to his back and another man charging towards him.
The incident occurred around 7:30 pm, while Ricci’s wife, a friend, their nanny, and his five-month-old daughter were inside the house. The entire episode was captured by his home’s security cameras and has since been widely shared on social media platforms.
In the security footage, Ricci can be seen approaching his front door while listening to an audiobook. He was holding a cup of hot tea and was searching for his keys when the two men approached him. Despite the surprise, Ricci managed to react quickly, hitting one of the men with his hot beverage before drawing his own weapon.
Ricci, who has a concealed carry permit, used his firearm to deter the suspects. He attributes his quick response to his years of boxing training, stating that while he’s not a movie action hero, he can handle himself in a dangerous situation.
The video shows the suspects retreating under Ricci’s gunfire. One of the suspects jumped over a fence, while the other ran around a car parked in the driveway. Ricci believes that his firearm saved his life and his family’s lives, stating that without it, they could have been severely harmed.
Ricci also revealed that his home had been targeted by criminals before, including a burglary in June and a car break-in a few months prior. He believes a group of criminals driving a Dodge Charger with no license plates has been targeting homes in his neighborhood.
Ricci criticized the local police department for their handling of the case, stating that they failed to collect all the evidence at the scene. He is urging the Los Angeles District Attorney, George Gascon, to focus on prosecuting the criminals who are terrorizing residents.
Originally from the Bronx, New York, Ricci is now contemplating leaving Los Angeles due to the escalating crime situation. He moved to LA for a better life, but the repeated crimes have made him reconsider his decision.