Hear ye, hear ye. Gather round to here a tale most wondrous. Of mighty Franco Scaramuzza of ye olde Nashville, and the vile thieves who were no match for his blade and cunning. OK, before we go completely off the rails, here’s what happened. Scaramuzza, a fencing instructor, was leaving work when he saw two muggers accost a couple, pepper spray them and take off with their belongings. “The first thing that went through my head is somebody should do something, and that’s when I got really upset and disappointed with myself, because I realized I had the opportunity to do something,” Scaramuzza told local NBC affiliate WSMV.

The only things Scaramuzza had in his possession was his fencing sword—an épée—and his nerves of purest steel. He ran at the two thieves with his épée held high above his head, a banner of victory in the face of the fear and despair that plague these streets. Criminals are a cowardly lot, and they dropped their ill-gotten gains, fleeing for their lives (only to be picked up by police a few minutes later.) “You have to make decisions in a very quick amount of time,” he said. “Fencing, you can do it without the weapon. It happens in your mind, and that’s how you try to make the right choices.” And thus ends the tale of brave Franco, and long may his shining example be held high …