제임스 켈서가 말했다 “미국의 뉴스 룸” 그는 자신의 개인 안전을, 그리고 타인의 안전, “아주 진지하게.”
“나는 돌아서서 가려고 한다, kind of walk out and as I’m turning around I hear the door kind of open real aggressively,” Kelcer said about the incident Wednesday. “그 시점에서, the ‘spidey senses’ tingled a little bit.”
Three unidentified people entered the store with one armed frontman leading the way.
“I saw two other guys with no other weapons and decided that’s the guy that I’m going to hit,” Kelcer says.
In one motion, Kelcer grabbed the gun and without hesitation hit the other suspects with a bag of his store purchases, which he said included two Gatorades, two energy drinks and “a snack.”
“I was actually going to take control of his head and the gun at the same time, and the bag just happened to be heavy and attached to me and it smashed him right in the face,” Kelcer said.
While the gas station clerk was “a little worked up” about the incident, according to Kelcer, he jumped over the counter to chase the suspects.
Kelcer credited his Marine Corps training’s muscle memory of knowing what to do in such incidents in addition to being “mentally prepared” when the attempted robbery occurred.
The armed juvenile suspect was arrested and taken into the Yuma County Juvenile Justice Center on one count each of armed robbery and aggravated assault. The search continued for the two other suspects who escaped.