A man trying to rob a California convenience store was thwarted by a store employee.
Joe Williams was about to finish his shift at an Arco AM/PM store in Richmond, Calif., when the robber walked in armed with a handgun around 1:30 a.m. Wednesday, pointed it at the store clerk and demanded all the money in the register, KTVU reports.
The whole incident was caught on the store’s surveillance cameras, which shows the cashier grabbing the suspect’s arm to try and twist the weapon out of his hand. Then, Williams came up from behind the gunman and put some wrestling moves on him, knocking him down with a body slam.
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“I was real nervous but at the time the adrenaline just took over and I didn’t think twice about it,” Williams told station.
The suspect pleaded for Williams to let him go, as he started reaching for his waist. Williams was afraid that the man had another gun, so he subdued him until police came.
Police arrived and arrested 50-year-old Michael Corbin, and charged him with attempted robbery and being a felon in possession of a firearm.
“I’m proud of myself man,” Williams said. “I did a good deed. That’s how I look at it.”
While police consider Williams’ actions were heroic, they still warn citizens not to confront people with guns.
“I have seen and heard of other situations where it turned extremely tragic, unnecessarily, because people fought and resisted,” Richmond Police Capt. Mark Gagan told the station. “It’s just an extremely dangerous and critical incident that unfolded.”
According to the Contra Costa Times, Corbin does have a criminal record, but does not include similar robbery incidents. He is being held on $100,000 bail.