Package store clerk risks own safety to drive out robbers

By: Kate Tillotson Email
By: Kate Tillotson Email

December 27, 2006

AUGUSTA, Ga.---Imagine being a store clerk, working alone at night...with a gun pointed straight at you.

"We do encourage people to be completely compliant if a person presents a weapon," Sgt. Richard Roundtree of the Richmond County Sheriff's Office told News 12.

But compliance is not what one clerk was about. When one of the masked men robbing his store went for the cash drawer, the clerk quickly knocked the gun right out of his hands.

That sparked a short scuffle among all three men, a fight that leaves one suspect shirtless. Even though he was outnumbered, the clerk won. While the suspects escaped on foot, they did so without their gun and without any money.

"In this particular case, the clerk found an opportunity," Sgt. Roundtree said. "He may have felt his life was seriously in danger and he did what he had to do to protect himself."

Today, the business is back open, and the brave employee is back at work. But police don't want everyone trying to do what he did. They say it's much safer to do what you're told.

"We definitely don't encourage it, especially in an armed encounter, because the potential for bodily harm and death is so great," Sgt. Roundtree said.

The suspects are described as two black males between 17 and 23 years old. One was light-skinned wearing a blue hooded jacket, dark pants and a blue bandana. The other was dark-skinned wearing a gray, hooded top and dark pants. If you have any information on either of these two men, call the Richmond County Sheriff's Office.


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