this afternoon while working on boarding up a burned house i was held up by 2 outstanding and highly respectable young thugs. they had came into the yard and when asked what they needed or was doing they said they knew the people that stayed there. i asked if one of them was friends of the kid i knew lived there and one of them said yeah and i asked them the kids moms name and he answered correctly. i assumed they were just looking at what a mess the house was as they were commenting on how bad the sideing had melted etc. they were in the yard and even talked to the neighbor man who is a code enforcement officer he had called my boss to let him know about people ransacking the property at night. the officer left and my 2 visitors stayed and were milling around . i had got plywood off the truck and was measureing to make cuts when i realized i had more than a door to cover so i was needed to make my cuts count to have enough to board a couple windows if i could, well this is a back porch and it is concealed pretty much behind the house plus my truck was blocking view of the other house next door i stepped up to the screen door and re measured once again when one of them said put yer hands in the air(&^%$ !!! i thought one of their friends had walked up or they were messing around with each other, when i turned i had one of them 2 feet from me up on the porch with me looking at me. i said excuse me? he said i said put yer *&^%^$ hands up *&^%$ and i thought he was kiddin me and then i look down and he has a pistol in his hand muzzle down kind of hideing it just enough i said are you actually robbing me??? (i know this sounds stupid) but i was in disbelief. i said i aint got any money and he turned around a little to cock the weapon??? i had seen the end of it looked like a dart/bb pitol that has the thumb pull slide , well when he turned i grabbed his A%# around the neck and we went off the porch the pistol went out of his hands and as i was trying to grab it the other went to kicking me in my head and face i was trying to fend this ones feet off when the other one wriggled away and one of them clubbed me in the back of my head then on my forehead with that damn thing. i lost a contact out of my eye and t6hey had pulled my coat up over my head and kept kicking and punching until i started hollering to get someones attention maybe that worked because shortly thereafter they both took off running. my saw and drill was still there they did manage to get my cell phone though i asked a neighbor lady to please call the police and they came out and took down some information. after learning the neighborman code inforcer had talk to those two as well as i they called him and he said he knows them and can positively identify both. thank god i wasnt killed and i got to get away with nothing more than a lost cell phone a few lumps and hurt pride. i was caught totally off guard and i paid the price. i even had a scratch awl in my pocket . i could have stuck one with it had i realized i was in danger . i feel foolish now that its over . i sure am going to have to re-think my practice of going solo to these vacant houses.