Store Owner With Gun Stops Armed Robber

posted on April 4, 2016

“The best thing I could do is take my gun out.” 

Those were the immediate thoughts of Jorge Escobedo, owner of Nuevo Mexico grocery in Des Plaines, Ill., as a teen was attempting an armed robbery. The robber, dressed in a blue hoodie, had put candy on the counter and pulled a handgun. 

According to the Daily Herald, the teen yelled, “Give me all of your money!”—first in English, then Spanish. But when the robber saw the owner pull his gun, he ran, with Escobedo firing three shots in while in pursuit. Police say the teen met a friend in a getaway car, and both were arrested soon after. The pair was charged with this armed robbery as well as two others the week before.  

Since Escobedo opened the store a decade ago, he had never faced a robber. “I was prepared, but I never (thought) that was going to happen to me,”Escobedo said.

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