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Store clerk fights back after spotting gunman's weakness

Caleb James
July 28, 2017 11:12 AM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- A Family Dollar store clerk staring down the barrel of a gun made a heroic decision to turn the tables of an armed robber in June. 


KOB has obtained surveillance of the incident. It shows an armed gunman deliberately pressing the barrel of a handgun against the temple of a male clerk at the store in June. The clerk tells KOB on Thursday, it was a split second glimpse of the robber's gun that gave him the courage to fight back. 

The store itself is no stranger to violent attacks. Every square foot of window on the Family Dollar at Wyoming and Central has thick black bars blocking the view. It's more like "Family Fortress," armored up so burglars and robbers might think twice.

They rarely seem to care. In June, the store was held up twice.

A couple of weeks ago, a man in a black hoodie walked up to the register and pressed a gun to the temple of the employee. KOB is calling him "Devon" to protect his identity.  

"He started counting back from five, and I'm just trying to stay my calmest and do what he says," Devon said. 

Pressing the gun to Devon's head, the robber counted slowly: "5, 4, 3, 2, 1." When he reached one, Devon said he winced. Nothing happened. 

"And in my head, I'm thinking, well, if he was going to do it, he would have already done it," Devon said.

The man grabbed cash, but he didn't shoot Devon. Instead, the gunman runs toward a female clerk and presses the gun to her head too. 

But there was something about the macho way that gunman tilted the gun to the side that gave away a major weakness. 

"You know how they hold it ghetto? They tilt it," Devon said. 

When that gunman turned his weapon sideways gangster style, the clerk realized there was no magazine in the gun. No magazine probably means no bullets, so Devon knew it was safe to take him out.

Five, 4, 3, 2... floor. 

Devon wails on the robber and he hits the ground. Devon's coworkers get in a few extra punches. 

Devon fractured his hand in the beatdown, but he said it was worth it. 

"When he showed me that and it was completely empty, there was a hole in the middle of the gun," Devon said. 

His injury has kept him home from work for a few days, but he'll get a hero's welcome next week when he returns. For now, he's got the memories and the video.  

"It felt good honestly," Devon said. "I mean, if he would have just asked nicely. Honestly probably would have never hit him because I wouldn't have known the gun was empty." 

Employees at the store tell KOB that robber got away eventually, kicked out of the store by Devon after the fight. The gunman hasn't been identified, so KOB is unsure if he's possibly under arrest for something else at this time. Any information about the suspect should be given to Albuquerque police at (505) 242-COPS.


Caleb James

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