MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. - There was an armed robbery at a gas station Thanksgiving Day, but as you'll see, police had no problem catching this clumsy crook.
The initial frightening moments unfolded inside the Shell gas station at 17080 N.W. 7th Ave., Thursday at around 5:30 a.m. It soon turned into a comedy of errors, as the suspect tried to walk out the door with an unwieldy haul.
His miscues gave police precious time to respond. Just one station was there as police took the man down.
Authorities arrested 22-year-old Johnny Antron Love, accused of holding up the gas station for cash and filling grocery bags with beer, before police arrived on scene and caught him.
The store clerk, David Paul-Lamour, said the crook pointed a gun at him and demanded cash. "The guy just basically came inside and wanted to get the money," said the store clerk. "He just tried to rob, put the gun to my face."
Paul-Lamour stayed calm, and tried to take control of the situation by befriending the robber. "I gave him the money, and he started taking the money, and I said, 'Oh, let me bag it for you,' so I started bagging it, and I said, 'You know what? You should double bag it. I'm just stalling, waiting for them [police] to come."
The clerk also recommended to the guy to go grab some beer. The crook then walked through the store and filled bags with beer, while the clerk pushed the silent alarm button to alert police.
With beer and cash in hand, the robber dropped some bags and then his own gun, as he tried to gather everything. He picked the weapon up off the floor and ran out the door.
However, once he made it outside, the bag of beer ripped, scattering much of his haul across the gas station parking lot.
When police arrived, they saw the man standing in front of the store attempting to gather the beers and conceal money inside his clothing. Miami Gardens Police Detective Michael Wright said, "Officers arrived and observed the offender attempting to conceal the money that was taken."
As an officer approached, he noticed the subject had a gun in his hand. Officers then ordered the robber to drop the weapon. The man froze for a moment, then tossed the money and tried to flee the scene. A short foot chase ensued, and police were able to catch the subject. "Subsequently, he was taken into custody," said Wright.
The clerk was not harmed, and he feels quite thankful for that, as he is expecting a son next month. "I'm just glad that I'm going to get to see my son. That was the only thing that was on my mind."