Pro fighter subdues vodka thief in MO


Jesse Finney, who acquired Matt Hughes H.I.T. Squad in 2011 and now runs both his original Finney’s MMA and the renamed Finney's HIT Squad, was forced to take his skills to the streets recently.

Karlie Baker from the Sunset Hills-Crestwood Patch, has the story. It begins as Finney was going to the supermarket in Crestwood, Missouri to buy chocolate for his pregnant wife.

As he neared the basket area, Finney noticed a female employee running after a man.

“I didn’t know if he had robbed the place, or if he’d assaulted somebody," said Finney. "I just saw her. He was pushing her off."

Finney grabbed the man by the coat. When he resisted, Finney slammed him to the ground and subdued him in a hold until Crestwood police could arrive.

As it turns out, the man had stashed several bottles of vodka before attempting to leave the store, Finney said. One of the bottles shoved in the man’s coat arm busted when he hit the ground.

“In the martial arts, it teaches you discipline and respect," explained Finney. "If I wasn’t disciplined, I probably would have hurt the guy. Instead, I took him down and a bottle broke in his jacket. That’s what we really try to focus on at the gym here in Crestwood.

"My wife was like, ‘What if he had had a gun?’ but at the end of the day, I just acted on instinct. I’m not going to let a man push a woman. It was pretty amazing, I was able to stop him, and nobody got hurt."

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Stu Cazzo site profile image  

12/28/12 4:24 PM by Stu Cazzo

We're on the OG talking about St. Louis. Everybody that's never been here is imagining North St. Louis from National Lampoon's Vacation. "Nice" or "nicer" is a relative term.

Ice Cold Igors Right Hand site profile image  

12/28/12 1:58 PM by Ice Cold Igors Right Hand

First of all, I guess you guys haven't been around Crestwood in the past few years because it is not all white ppl anymore; used to be nice. There are a lot of blacks and a TON of Bosnians, why do you think they shut down Crestwood Mall? Its because after that shooting there ppl were hesitant to go there and the mall was losing business. Its definitely nothing like the city, but its nothing like it used to be.   Used to train @ Finney's a few years back, he's a really nice guy.

scourge site profile image  

12/28/12 1:23 PM by scourge

Crestwood isn't that nice. We're not talking about Ladue or Town and Country.

GroundStPound site profile image  

12/28/12 10:32 AM by GroundStPound

Here we go again

David Mortensen site profile image  

12/28/12 10:27 AM by David Mortensen

At least 15 pages now

vaginal tear site profile image  

12/28/12 10:17 AM by vaginal tear

Shit just got real.

The Loge site profile image  

12/28/12 10:11 AM by The Loge

How dare YOU!

Stu Cazzo site profile image  

12/28/12 10:06 AM by Stu Cazzo

He was on the radio this morning and mentioned that the thief was black...  

StretchPlum site profile image  

12/28/12 9:08 AM by StretchPlum

Crestwood is a nice area, so the assailant must have been white. No other race could live there.

The Loge site profile image  

12/28/12 9:07 AM by The Loge

Title should read "UGer and pro fighter subdues vodka thief OGer in MO."