Happened earlier this morning. http://www.journalgazette.net/article/20100404/LOCAL07/304049905/-1/LOCAL11 Pre-dawn terror on greenway • 3 muggers force victim to apartment• Gun at his chest, resident grabs knife• Nightmare ends; 1 dead, 2 at large Michael Zennie The Journal Gazette Advertisement The three thugs had taken Adam back to his apartment at gunpoint. One held a revolver on him while the two others began rummaging through his stuff. The man with the gun told him to lie on the floor of his kitchen. Adam didn’t like being forced down in his own home. “No,” he recalls saying, followed by a word that cannot be printed in a family newspaper and “you.” The robber pointed his handgun at Adam’s chest and pulled the trigger. CLICK. Adam remembers the look of surprise on the man’s face when the gun didn’t go off. He pulled the trigger again. CLICK. “I should have been dead,” Adam said. Moments earlier, police said, Adam was walking his dog on the Rivergreenway just 50 yards from his apartment at 1001 Edgewater Ave. about 4:30 a.m. Saturday. Three men jumped him. One pulled a gun and forced him back inside. Adam talked to The Journal Gazette on the condition that his last name not be used until his assailants are caught by police. The fact that Adam wasn’t dead made him think. He wasn’t about to let the gunman keep pulling the trigger until he found a bullet. So he grabbed a 6-inch kitchen knife and lunged at the man with the gun. He stabbed him. And stabbed him again. Three, four, five times, until the blade broke off in the man’s stomach and the gun went flying across the room. Then the two others were on him, fighting for the pistol. At one point Adam had it, pointed it at one of the men and pulled the trigger. CLICK. The two men fought him all over the apartment, he said. They even beat his dog – an old boxer with a graying muzzle. The 28-year-old said he never had to fight for his life before. Some schoolyard scuffles? Sure, but nothing serious. A barroom brawl? Maybe once or twice, he said, but never more than a lot of shoving. But Saturday morning he was in it. And his face bears reminders. He has a scratch under his eye and two more on his nose. He’s also got a lump the size of a baseball on the back of his shaven head and a long scratch behind his right ear. One of the robbers hit him good, he said. With what, he doesn’t know. It was all adrenaline, he said. It occurred to him that since one of the robbers had pulled the trigger on a gun he thought was loaded, the men were probably ready to kill him, he said. His one fear, throughout the fight, Adam remembers thinking, was that he would be knocked unconscious, leaving the men to do whatever they wanted with him. Saturday afternoon, Adam hadn’t been back inside his apartment since he fought for his life early that morning. The only reason he returned was to pick up the cage for his dog, which barked deeply when Adam returned to his car for a cigarette. He’s moving. He said he’s not waiting around for the friends of his attackers to come seeking revenge. He struggled with the deadbolt as he put the key in and unlatched the door. He’s pretty sure he broke his wrist fighting the robbers. He knew what would be inside. “It’s going to be a mess. There’s going to be blood everywhere,” he said. He was right. Directly inside the door is what remains of a pool of blood – all dried and crusty except for the middle where it was still wet and viscous. It’s where the man collapsed after his two cohorts fled the scene. They had grabbed Adam’s laptop, cell phone and cash but ran when they realized their buddy was too injured to walk, he said. Adam hesitates. He stands on his stoop and leans inside, surveying the damage to his kitchen. Dried blood is spattered across the floor. There’s a discarded jacket in the middle of the room. Part of his stereo system has been knocked over. There’s dried blood on that, too. He takes a big step and walks in, careful not to put his foot in the blood inside his door. On the counter sits his toothbrush and toothpaste, undisturbed by the madness before them. “What the hell were you doing on the Rivergreenway at 4:30 a.m.?” Adam resents the question. People writing on Internet comment boards were already starting to ask it by Saturday afternoon. He said he was out late at a friend’s place playing poker. He got home just after 4 a.m. and was getting ready for bed when his took his dog out to pee. He and his dog walked across the street and up the riverbank to the greenway – within sight of his front door. He remembered seeing the three men several feet down the path when he drove up. He realizes now that they watched him go into his apartment and come out again. They moseyed up to him. One pulled a gun, and they ordered him to go back to his apartment. When police arrived at Adam’s Edgewater home, they found the man Adam stabbed lying in the doorway. He was taken to a hospital in critical condition. He later died. The dead man’s name has not been released, pending the results of an autopsy by the Allen County coroner. Adam has not been charged, but detectives continue to investigate the case and will forward their findings to the Allen County prosecutor, said officer Raquel Foster, Fort Wayne police spokeswoman. It was only later that Adam learned what likely saved his life. Police had already been tracking the three men from across the Maumee River after neighbors in the area reported hearing gunshots. The men had apparently been out drinking vodka, an officer told him, and decided to fire some shots into the river. Apparently they emptied their gun. “They didn’t have any bullets left for me,” he said. firstname.lastname@example.org THE TWO OTHER SUSPECTS HAVE BEEN APPREHENDED BUT NO OTHER INFORMATION HAS BEEN RELEASED.