Armed thug posing as delivery driver gets more than he bargained for as his victim grabs shotgun


Armed thug posing as delivery driver gets more than he bargained for as his victim grabs shotgun from him and wrestles him to the ground aided by his dog

  • Vicente Forde, 32, dressed as a delivery driver before attacking a homeowner 
  • As the victim opened the door East Dulwich, south London, he pulled gun out 
  • Attack took place at 9.30am on July 13 last year, Forde pleaded guilty today

This is the shocking moment a thug posing as a delivery driver pulls a gun on a homeowner, only to have the weapon grabbed from his hand as he is wrestled to the floor by the victim and his dog.  

Vicente Forde, 32, knocked on the door dressed in a high-vis jacket and carrying an empty package before pulling the loaded shotgun from his jacket, in East Dulwich, south London. at 9.30am on July 13 last year.

Forde pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence at Croydon Crown Court today.

Doorbell footage shows the victim – who had been at home with his young daughter and was on the phone to a friend at the time – prise the firearm from Forde and throw it under a nearby car.

Forde kicks and punches at the victim during the struggle, threatening to stab the young man if he doesn’t let go of the gun.   

The victim’s dog, believed to be a French Bulldog, is seen jumping up at the thug in an effort to protect his owner. 

Members of the public, including some builders working nearby, came to the victim’s aid and restrained Forde.

Police received reports of a man armed with a firearm and raced to the scene, where he was detained. 

The firearm was seized and found to be viable and loaded with two live cartridges.

Forde was arrested and taken into custody, while the victim was taken to a south London hospital for treatment for bruising and a broken nose. Forde was later charged and remanded in custody.

Vicente Forde, 32, knocked on the door dressed in a high-vis jacket and carrying an empty package before pulling the loaded shotgun from his jacket, in East Dulwich, south London

The attack took place at at 9.30am on July 13 last year, as the victim was on the phone and at home with his daughter

Vicente Forde attacks the victim

The attack took place at at 9.30am on July 13 last year, as the victim was on the phone and at home with his daughter

He pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence at Croydon Crown Court today. He is due to be sentenced at the same court next month.

The circumstances around the incident continue to be investigated by detectives.

Detective Constable Imran Hansraj, of the Met’s Specialist Crime Command, said: ‘The victim had no idea what was about to unfold when he saw what he thought was a delivery man bringing a parcel to his address.

‘He had been home with his young daughter and was going about his business as usual when he was thrust into an incredibly frightening ordeal in which he fought for his life. 

He pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence at Croydon Crown Court today

He pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence at Croydon Crown Court today

The shotgun Forde brandished at another man as he opened his front door (pictured)

The shotgun Forde brandished at another man as he opened his front door (pictured)

‘His life was turned upside down in a split second by Forde’s actions, which were wicked and cowardly in the extreme.

‘He was disguised and armed with a lethal weapon but the victim displayed incredibly bravery to disarm him.

‘He was lucky that a number of members of the public took heed of his cries for help and came to his aid.

‘They too deserve enormous recognition. I hope Forde will now spend a substantial amount of time in prison, and I am sure that London will be all the safer for it.’ 

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