Police say a gun-wielding Good Samaritan saved the day after a robber pistol-whipped a Florida Family Dollar clerk and robbed him of cash last week. WPLG-TV reported.
What are the details?
According to Fort Lauderdale Police, 20-year-old Nicholas Richard Lee Diaz was at a store in the 1900 block of Ninth Street NW in the city’s Lauderdale Manors neighborhood on Sept. 13 as the store was closing. and another man walked closer. The department pointed out.
Police said Diess left his cell phone inside the store, so a store employee opened the door to help.
However, police say Diaz pointed the stolen gun at the store clerk and told her, “Give me back the money or I’ll kill you.”
According to WPLG, police said the employee carried the two to a safe, where Deese’s accomplice stuffed about $1,200 into the bag, and the police report states Deese hit the employee in the back of the neck and elbow with a pistol. He added that it was recorded that he had been whipped.
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Citing a police report, the department said a man who was closing up his store in the shopping center said he heard what was going on and went inside the Family Dollar.
Police said the business owner saw Deese holding a gun, pulled out his own gun and ordered Deese to drop the weapon and stand on the ground, WPLG reported. He added that he did just that.
The other suspect fled, but the business owner intervened and held Dees to the ground until officers arrived and arrested him, according to the police report.
What happened next?
Diaz was jailed without bail on charges of armed robbery, aggravated assault with intent to commit a felony, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, grand larceny of a firearm, and unlawful possession of a firearm, WPLG reported.
The department said the arrest report did not identify the suspected accomplice and it was not clear as of Friday whether he had been located or if he had taken the cash.
Anyone with information is asked to call Broward Crime Stoppers at 954-493-8477.
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