Justice was served to an alleged armed robber in Michigan on Monday when roles were reversed and he ended up being the one held at gunpoint.
An armed robber reportedly entered a Sterling Heights Arby’s around 9 a.m. on Monday, demanding “morning start-up money” from the cashiers on shift, according to police Lieutenant Mario Bastianelli, who spoke to the New York Post about the purported incident.
“So [an employee] turned the money over to the suspect and he takes off on foot,” Bastianelli explained. “Three employees then chased after him, into a nearby wooded area before calling police.”
Sterling Heights’ Arby’s director of operations Marcia Rabideau, a woman armed with a Glock 9mm, was notified that a robbery had reportedly taken place, and that’s when she took matters into her own hands.
According to Rabideau, who spoke to mLive, she could see the suspect fleeing the restaurant, so in order to thwart his escape, she hopped into her Dodge Charger and chased him down.
She ended up running the suspect to a dead end, where she pulled out her pistol and trained it on him until police showed up.
“I didn’t think, I just reacted,” Rabideau told mLive. “Just being stupid, I guess.”
Rabideau told mLive that the suspect was arrested, and that law enforcement located a purported accomplice, who was allegedly driving a getaway car in which a one-year-old child was a passenger.
A spokesperson for the Macomb County Jail confirmed that a robbery did take place at the Arby’s in question.
Rabideau in a Monday Facebook post wrote, “Starting the day out being robbed was not expected but after chasing the suspect down with the charger & holding him there by gun point until the police arrive was priceless! Thank you boys for going after him with me!!!”
In the comments thread, she added, “There was no way in hell I was going to allow this cat to get away with all of our deposits. The suspect tried reaching for his gun but I told him if he lowered his f***ing hands again that I would shoot him dead and I meant it!!!! He stood in the river bank with his hands above his head until the fuzz arrived!”