Convenience store employees fight off robber

Convenience store employees fight off robber

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Employees fought off a robber at a northeast Austin convenience store.

Around 10 p.m. Thursday night, surveillance cameras captured a man in a dark ski mask walk into the Walnut Market in northeast Austin.

Store manager, Fred Garcia, says the suspect told a clerk he had a gun and demanded money.

Garcia says after the suspect emptied the register, he tried to leave but an employee was standing in his way. Garcia says that's when the robber punched the worker in the face. Garcia says that made the employee mad so he tackled the robber.

The suspect can be seen on video walking out with the employee on his back.

"He was pretty strong because he drag my guy all the way outside," Garcia said.

Two other employees quickly arrived and held the suspect on the ground until police arrived.

Garcia says he is grateful no one was seriously injured. But on the same week where the Boston bombings and West fertilizer plant explosion killed several people, he wonders what was going on.

"It was one thing after another," Garcia said.

The store manager references the Boston bombing as he shares a word of advice.

"Don't be a stranger and help them cause most of the time like what happened with the bomb, it wasn't police," Garcia said. "People that were running that looked what's going on and help the police. We have to take charge of the situation, not the police. They can only do so much, we have to help them out and be aware."

Police identified the robber as Timothy Craig Felder. They say he confesses to the robbery and another one that happened last year. He is charged with robbery by assault, a second degree felony.

Despite the outcome, police do not recommend taking matters into your own hands.

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