Don’t mess with a law student’s laptop!!

From the ABOVE THE LAW blog, via ROTI’s legal advisor Nils coq au Vin, we learned about this amusing story from Phoenix.

Alex Botsios, a first-year student at Arizona State’s Sandra Day O’Connor School of Law, woke up in the middle of the night to find a creepy intruder standing over his bed wielding a baseball bat.

The intruder woke him up by yelling, “I’m gonna smash your head in!!” Understandably, Botsios was pretty terrified.

The bat-wielding sneak demanded Botsios’ wallet. The student complied.

He demanded Botsios’ guitars. The axes were duly handed over.

Then the thief, one Gabriel Saucedo, went too far. He demanded Botsios’ laptop computer.

KPHO (Channel 5) reports that this caused Botsios to balk:

“I was like, ‘Dude, no — please, no!” Botsios said. “I have all my case notes…that’s four months of work!”

But Saucedo didn’t back down. He insisted on the laptop – or else.

This left Botsios with only one option: Kick the shit out of the intruder!

The law student wrestled the bat away and began punching Saucedo…

“I basically grabbed him and threw him this way, and he held onto the bat so it threw him to the ground,” [Botsios] said.

Police said they took Saucedo to the hospital for stitches before they arrested him on charges of armed robbery and kidnapping. Other than a bruised knuckle and a few scratches, Botsios was unharmed.

My money and my axes? Sure.
My laptop? OH NO YOU DIDN’T

Janet Botsios, Botsios’ mother, said she took the first flight from Texas as soon as she heard what happened.

“I’m like putting my face in my hands, and I just couldn’t believe it,” she said. “I was like, ‘Oh my God.’ I’m so glad he watched all those police shows his whole life … He knew how to take care of himself … I’m very, very, very proud of him.”

Alex Botsios said he learned one lesson from the incident: don’t leave windows open.

Otherwise, he said he is happy that his laptop is unharmed.

“It’s my baby,” he said. “Don’t mess with my computer.”

Alex Botsios, nice work defending your life and your laptop. If we ever find ourselves in legal troubles in the Southwest, we’ll know who to call.

Gabriel Saucedo…you got too greedy, son.


About Alpine McGregor
Just like you, man. I got the shotgun, you got the briefcase. All in the game, though, right?

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