Two Philadelphia police officers may have foiled an armed robbery at an area Dunkin’ Donuts after witnessing the masked suspect walk into the store as they stood outside.
The incident, which was captured on surveillance cameras, took place on Jan. 26 at a Philadelphia Dunkin’ Donuts store. In the surveillance video, a man in a white mask can be seen entering the store. As he walks up to the counter, he appears to pull out a gun.
Two police officers, who happened to be sitting in front of the store when the alleged would-be robber arrived, bust through the front doors with their guns drawn and detain the suspect.
Reports say the officers were outside of the store monitoring the area because of a recent string of armed robberies in the area.
The suspect, 20-year-old Russell Mason-Watts, was arrested and charged with robbery, among other related charges. Police believe Mason-Watts was also responsible for at least one other recent armed robbery at a nearby Family Dollar store. The gun was later found to be a BB gun.
“These officers had to make a split second decision, which could have been fatal but thankfully this turned out without any further incident,” a police spokesman said, according to NBC Philadelphia. “Great job Officer Sherman and Officer Austin. Thank you for your service and be safe.”
Take a look at the officers’ amazing takedown in the surveillance footage below.
Photo Credit: Philadelphia Police Department via NBC Philadelphia