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Online Extra: Robbery/shooting victim tells his story

There are 22 comments on the WBIR Knoxville story from Jan 25, 2008, titled Online Extra: Robbery/shooting victim tells his story. In it, WBIR Knoxville reports that:

Klay Lesko said he was just taking out the trash when he was robbed. He handed over his cash, but refused to turn over his debit card.

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sheez

Antioch, TN

#1 Jan 25, 2008
I hate criminals!! Get em KPD! Whip em good, dont worry about all the tree huggers that live in Fort Sanders that will complain on you and demand your job because you caught this bad guy and kicked his rear end! All the rest of us have your backs!!
anon

Franklin, TN

#2 Jan 25, 2008
You know you can call your bank and tell them your card has been stolen and no charges are made and it could have help track the guy down BUT I guess he would rather get shot. I am sorry, but that was idiotic.
da pope

Knoxville, TN

#3 Jan 25, 2008
by tree huggers, i assume that you mean hippies with daddy's debit card.
da pope

Knoxville, TN

#4 Jan 25, 2008
and SUVs
tree huggers

Antioch, TN

#5 Jan 25, 2008
By tree huggers I mean the ones that ALL think they are lawyers and are alive to help humanity and animals. Yet they dont have a clue on real life and how the world is. The same ones that complain on the police for not doing their jobs and catching violent criminals yet when the police do they complain on them for pushing the bad guy to the ground harder than needed.
JB in KNOX

Nolensville, TN

#6 Jan 25, 2008
I think I would have given him the debit card. But,I'm glad he wasn't hurt any worse than what he was. Its a shame you can't een take out your garbage anymore.
JB in KNOX

Nolensville, TN

#7 Jan 25, 2008
Sorry, I meant even take out your garbage anymore.
Lauren

Maryville, TN

#10 Jan 25, 2008
AND he is not a hippie. and is wasn't his "daddy's debit card". He has a job, and works for his money.
Lauren

Maryville, TN

#8 Jan 25, 2008
I am the victim's immediate family and I take offense that you are saying he is the idiot because he didn't give some crack head everything he had. He did not know the guy had the gun, or he probably would have. He had his hands in his sweatshirt with the gun. If someone is holding a gun to your head yes most of you would give them what they wanted but he had no idea he really had a gun. He was very very lucky, and this could have been any just be thankful it wasn't you or someone you know.
ms knoxville

Nashville, TN

#9 Jan 25, 2008
You all are ridiculous- he got robbed and you are talking about him, calling him idiotic and blaming stuff on him- you all are idiots! I sure as hell wouldnt want to turn my debit card over to anyone! You werent in his situation so you cant say what you would have done.
JB in KNOX

Nolensville, TN

#11 Jan 25, 2008
Lauren wrote:
I am the victim's immediate family and I take offense that you are saying he is the idiot because he didn't give some crack head everything he had. He did not know the guy had the gun, or he probably would have. He had his hands in his sweatshirt with the gun. If someone is holding a gun to your head yes most of you would give them what they wanted but he had no idea he really had a gun. He was very very lucky, and this could have been any just be thankful it wasn't you or someone you know.
I'm glad he is OK. Must have been very scary for your family. He is actually pretty brave to punch a guy that just robbed him. Too bad he wasn't armed. Maybe he could have put a halt to this guys crimes.5417
Amy

Cookeville, TN

#12 Jan 25, 2008
I am appalled to read how crass and quick to lay blame on the victim of all people. Never mind the retarded criminal with the gun! Do you know Klay? Do you know whats like to be in the postion he was put in? Have you ever been the victim of a violent crime? If you haven't then how dare you lay the blame on someone who was simply taking out their trash. The REAL idiot was the one with the gun and you, ANON. You are obviously a true moron to put such a comment on here. A man was shot. Lets hope you aren't in his postion out after dark with your debit card WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO?
Billy

AOL

#13 Jan 26, 2008
What is the count of the attacks in and around Fort Sanders and the UT area in the last 6 months?. 5, 10, 15, 20, infinite??? When are we going to realize and report who the most likely perps are? Maybe giving a description will help citizens with an awareness of what kind of person to "profile" in these areas. Get a carry permit.
Allison

AOL

#14 Jan 26, 2008
I think by now all know who to look out for in that area. And I agree - a legal carry permit and a few dead perps should at least impress these "people" that it would be risky in this area.
mom jones lesko

Monterey, TN

#15 Jan 27, 2008
I am the mother of the victim. I am grateful to the good lord that my son is alive . I am shocked and appalled that the negative comments are placed on here. This has affected our whole family, to think one of our most precious gifts could be gone in a simple act so foolislly. He is a wonderful young man just trying to complete his education. He was taking out his trash, he neversaw the gun, He said,"mom if I new he had a gun, I would have reacted in a whole different situation. How can you call him an idiot. I am sick at my stomach, and sooo sorry for you the "aggrssive commenter". You are really something else. I hope and pray that you never have to experience the fear and scars our family will live with forever. Why are we not reaching out to him, God I am sick, please think before you are so quick to judge him on what he should have done before commenting. He is alive, there is a reason God was watching over him Thanks to all who have such encouraging words.
jenn

La Vergne, TN

#16 Jan 28, 2008
To all of you who are so fast to comment on the shoulda, coulda, woulda's!!! It is really easy to say what you would do after you know the outcome. What would you REALLY DO?? You have given some a**hole your money, now he grabs at your wallet, still you have never seen a gun, you grab for you wallet back and he swings at you... what are you going to do, turn around and run? I seriously doubt it... especially all of the men, you are going to swing back and hopefully land a punch. Just as Klay did!! So QUIT laying blame on the victim here!! You know there is a reason they say hindsight is 20/20!
jenn

La Vergne, TN

#17 Jan 28, 2008
Well the next time you are robbed, and NEVER SEE A GUN!! Make sure you hand over your keys to your car, house, and Hell why not your first born? Because you can always have another baby right??
Beth- long time friend

Monterey, TN

#18 Jan 28, 2008
I just want to say that I have grown up with Klay and he is a wonderful person. He didn't deserve this nor does anyone else. I thank God that he is still alive and that hopefully with his description they will be able to find this guy before he harms someone else. Until you know Klay and what he's about you have no right to judge him. Like he said it could have happened to anyone! I love you Klay and get well soon.
Observer

Knoxville, TN

#20 Jan 28, 2008
The correct response to someone who tries to rob you is BANG, BANG, BANG, repeat as needed. You have to assume someone committing a felony is armed and respond appropriately. A criminal has the amount of time it takes to draw/shoot to show their empty hands above their heads.
kirk lesko

United States

#21 Jan 29, 2008
the vic is my little brother. i guess if he were cowards like avon and our "observant retard from texas", he would have given him everything (maybe his virginity too)! he stood up for himself and if that makes him an idiot i guess i am one too.i am proud of him. if more people had guts like klay there would be less crime.get well klay!

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