Robbery target, 62, fought off teen crime spree suspects

Kenny Winslow says he challenged his attackers to a fight.
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One of the victims of a violent crime spree allegedly perpetrated by two teenagers is talking to Eyewitness News about how he fought off the attackers and saved his own life.

Kenny Winslow was taking his morning walk through Earl Court when he says a 17-year-old walked up to him. What happened next surprised him, but what he later learned happened just before their encounter downright frightens him.

The crime spree of 17-year-old Sirquain Burr and his 15-year-old friend started early and violently. According to new court documents, the two stole a car on the city's south side, shortly before 6:30 a.m. last Wednesday.

At 7 a.m., they encountered a woman in her garage, pistol-whipped her and stole her purse. They also walked up to John Yingling in his driveway, shot him to death and stole his gun.

Then, they attacked Winslow. The 62-year-old former Army reservist was taking his routine morning walk through his neighborhood when the teens pulled up.

"The teenager got out and confronted me. I thought he was lost and needed instructions," said Winslow.

But the teen Winslow now believes was Sirquain wasn't lost at all.

"He says, 'Give me your wallet' and I say, 'I don't carry a wallet when I walk'," Winslow recalled. "He says, 'Give me your wallet' and I say, 'I don't have a wallet.'"

Winslow says he then grabbed the teenager's wrist and pushed the gun down toward the ground. As the teen freed his arm, Winslow got into a fighting stance and put up his fists.

"I said, 'Let's get it on! Let's get it on!'," he said.

Winslow says the teenager threw up his arms in self-defense and sped off. He said he was prepared to fight the would-be robber.

"It has better odds than getting shot," he said. "I knew it was in the Lord's hands, that he was looking out for me that day."

Burr is charged with attempted robbery in his encounter with Winslow. He also faces charges of murder, attempted murder, robbery, auto theft and carrying a gun without a license from the crime spree. He is in jail on an $80,000 cash bond.