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Clerk snatches gun from robber, clubs him with it

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Friday, Dec. 20, 2013, at 8:07 p.m.

The assailant’s gun looked like a toy to her, so the clerk at a south Wichita convenience store decided she wasn’t going to put up with getting robbed late Thursday night.

Police say she grabbed the robber’s gun from his hand and clubbed him over the head with it shortly before 11:30 p.m. at the Jump Start convenience store at 1535 E. Pawnee. The robber jumped over the counter and the two began fighting.

But the 23-year-old woman gained the upper hand in that struggle, too, Wichita police Lt. Doug Nolte said, and she dragged him outside and ordered him to leave. She then called police.

While officers were working the robbery case at the convenience store, a woman called 911 to report that her 28-year-old boyfriend had been assaulted at the Jump Start, Nolte said. Those officers then went to an address in the 2600 block of South Lulu.

“There was evidence collected that supported the fact that he had robbed the business,” Nolte said, so the man was booked into jail after being treated at a local hospital for injuries inflicted by the clerk.

Nolte would not say what that evidence was, but he did say the clerk had given the robber cash from the register before he then demanded money from the safe, prompting her to grab the gun from him.

The clerk was also treated and released for her own injuries sustained in the scuffle.

Oh, and the gun that the clerk thought was a toy?

“There was a real firearm recovered from the residence,” Nolte said. “We did not find a toy gun.” It wasn’t immediately known if the gun that was recovered was the same as the one used in the robbery.

The clerk may have been fooled, he said, by the orange ring on the end of the barrel of the robber’s gun. Those are commonly found on toy guns, Nolte said.

Reach Stan Finger at 316-268-6437 or sfinger@wichitaeagle.com. Follow him on Twitter: @StanFinger.

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