Armed Customer Holds Robbery Team at Gun Point

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Armed Customer Holds Robbery Team at Gun Point
Bob Irwin
Bob Irwin

USA –-( WMAZ TV 13 & KPRC TV 2 reports in Houston, Texas on 10-1-2016, according to Harris County Sheriff deputies, three males entered the Auto Zone in Jersey Village on Jones Road around 9:00 p.m. holding the employee(s) at gunpoint and demanding cash from the register.

A customer saw the incident occurring as the would-be robbers drove up to the store and decided to step in to help. The customer went inside the store and pulled his gun. He told all three men to get on the ground and release their weapons while they waited for deputies to arrive.

The three suspects laid on the ground, held at gunpoint by the armed citizen until deputies arrived and all three men were arrested.

Deputies said they appreciated the Good Samaritan’s deed, however they do not recommend that people take such a bold move because things could have ended in a shootout and many people could have gotten hurt. DUH!


A courageous act! The armed citizen is a hero for acting to prevent a robbery and quite possibly a few murders. That being clear, I must agree with the Sheriff’s Deputy.

This was an extremely high risk action considering at least the one employee in the store, unknown other customers and any shopping center passersby.

What could possibly go wrong? Just about everything…….

A better solution, say in your car, call 911, record with your cell phone and be ready to react if shooting starts.

The probability of three armed robbers all deciding to surrender is fairly low, but they did! All is well that ends well. Wow!

Bob Irwin, The Gun Store, Las Vegas

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Bob Doucette

I wonder what his weapon was that made three guys decide not to mess with him.


Not enough information in the story to make any judgements here. Did all three robbers have a gun or just one? Was it an actual loaded firearm or a fake gun?
We can “what if” the heck out of this story but the bottom line is that the armed customer made a choice to detain three bad guys until Law Enforcement arrived.
I agree with Ron.
Well Done!


I can see the deputy’s viewpoint and understand it. But an innocent’s life was in danger, and the guy acted, and I can understand his decision too. I won’t second his actions, and I’ll assume he acted within his abilities.

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Way to go for the armed customer. There is a possibility that the store worker could’ve been killed and caused a lot of sadness for the workers family. The only reason bad does what it does is because good guys and girls let it happen. This country was built on guts, guns and glory. It is good to see some people in this country still have the guts to do the right thing.
Trump/Pence 2016!!!!!!


Pretty dangerous thing to do, not for me, but hey…


It all depends:
a) On the situation as the citizen saw it right there. His call. Monday morning quarterbacking is a waste of time because unless you were there, you just don’t know enough to have an informed opinion.
b) His confidence in his abilities. Is he a daily/weekly train type guy? You don’t know.
c) If he waited “… ready to react if shooting starts”, it’s already too late for the clerk, which by the way is the PRIME reason to intervene. Not property loss. Not a desire to “catch the bad guys”. To defend an unarmed clerk.

Mark Lee

⬆︎⬆︎⬆︎THIS⬆︎⬆︎⬆︎ Unfortunately, as mere mortals we must not make any assumptions about the predictable behavior of third parties. Trust your eyes, ears, training, and your firearm, and make sure you know where your cover is, that there aren’t any other bad guys waiting around the vicinity to back up their stupid friends inside. You might flatten the tires of the robbers if you saw them carrying loose weapons into the store – but not if holstered. Sometimes it is likely that if they see a pair of headlights waiting on the other side of the parking lot they might even… Read more »

Jim Macklin

There are hardened criminals and there are timid beginners who just want to intimidate and threaten. And there are drug “enhanced” armed robbers. You don’t know which is which until the cops arrive and have them ALL in handcuffs. Hope the good guy dialed 911 before he entered the store. Hope Auto Zone gives him a gift certificate for $100 or so so he can get brake pads, shocks or maybe even an ignition lock cylinder. With three armed suspects, cops would break out the ARs and shotguns and they’d want six officers on scene. But as you say, the… Read more »