A brave 7-Eleven clerk in Frederick, Maryland, held his own when a masked armed robber burst into the store.
He grabbed the shotgun that the raider was pointing at his face and wrestled it away from the attacker, who immediately turned and fled empty-handed.
Surveillance cameras captured the dramatic early Tuesday incident on tape, and the footage of the potentially deadly game of tug-of-war is now going viral.
“The man pointed it at my employee and started screaming at my employee, screaming in his face and [my employee] grabbed [the gun] and took it out of the guy’s hands,” store owner Abdul Ayub told The Frederick News-Post.
“And the guy ran out of the store, so now the police have the gun and he didn’t get anything,” he added.
As it turned out, Frederick County sheriff’s deputies said the shotgun was not loaded during the botched heist. But it’s highly likely that the unidentified clerk didn’t know that at the time.
The Carroll County Times reports that an 18-year-old man, named as Ryan Wages, was arrested and charged in connection with the attempted armed robbery on Wednesday.