A quick-thinking and courageous former Marine disarmed an armed robber at a Chevron Station in Arizona early Wednesday morning.
The Marine motto is semper fidelis, which means always faithful or always loyal. This week, a United States Marine Corps veteran showed that being a Marine also means you are always ready.
A Yuma County Sheriff’s Office report noted that the incident occurred early Wednesday morning at the Chevron station located at 10747 E. North Frontage Road in Yuma, Arizona.
At approximately 4:30 a.m., the Marine veteran, who has yet to be identified, was leaving a Chevron gas station and convenience store in Yuma, Arizona, when three men entered through the front doors, one holding a handgun.
The gunman, a juvenile, pointed the gun toward the cashier as he walked by the veteran.
The now-viral surveillance video shows the veteran immediately moving to disarm the gunman, swiping his gunhand then rushing the robber. The gunman’s two associates quickly fled the scene.
The report states that the veteran was able to hold the robber until police arrived on the scene to arrest him. The young gunman was then booked into the Yuma County Juvenile Justice Center and charged with one count of armed robbery and one count of aggravated assault.
The other two assailants are still at large. The search is ongoing and Yuma residents are urged to contact the Sheriff’s Department if they have any information.
Fortunately, no injuries were reported.
The Marine veteran has been hailed a hero, with many favorable comments posted about his actions on the Yuma Sherriff’s Office Facebook page:
Charlie D posted: “Great Job! Huge Kudos! He deserves an award or something!”
Deanna P posted: Awesome! Great job, Marine!”
Patricia P posted: “You have to love Marines!!”
According to the Sheriff’s report, the Marine veteran said, “The Marine Corps taught me not to [mess] around.”
Yuma residents are grateful he was in the right place at the right time.
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