Hoorah! Marine Corps Veteran Disarms Robbery Suspect in Arizona

Nick Kangadis | October 22, 2021
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I’m going to give a little bit of a disclaimer here. The action that I’m applauding in this article shouldn’t be undertaken by everyone if they’re in the following situation. That being said, what a Marine Corps veteran in Arizona did the other day was extremely — pardon my language — badass.

The Yuma County Sheriff’s Office posted video on their Facebook page of the Marine veteran immediately grabbing the gun of a juvenile attempting to rob a Chevron gas station convenience store in the early morning hours on Wednesday.

The other two suspects involved in the robbery attempt immediately fled the scene when they saw the veteran grab the firearm from their cohort and proceed to punch him directly in the face.

The veteran gave a very simple, but direct response to sheriff’s deputies when asked how he instantly determined he could take control of the incident.

“The Marine Coprs taught me not to [mess] around,” the veteran replied.

The other two suspects are said to still be at large. 

For video of the incident, as well as the Yuma County Sheriff’s Office press release, watch below:


PRESS RELEASE October 20, 2021 - 8:15 PM Armed Robbery Location of Incident: Chevron, located at 10747 S. Fortuna Road – Yuma, AZ On Wednesday, October 20, 2021, at approximately 4:30 AM, Deputies responded to an armed robbery report at the Chevron located at 10747 E. North Frontage Road. Upon arrival, Deputies learned of three suspects entering the Chevron, one of them armed with a handgun. The armed suspect walked next to a store customer while pointing the weapon toward the cashier when the customer acted immediately and disarmed him. The other two suspects fled the area when they witnessed their fellow criminal stopped. The customer was able to detain the suspect he disarmed until law enforcement arrived. The suspect detained during the incident was a juvenile and was booked into the Yuma County Juvenile Justice Center for one count of armed robbery and one count of aggravated assault. The other two suspects are still currently outstanding. No injuries reported from any of the victims. This case remains under investigation. When Deputies contacted the customer, who previously served in the United States Marine Corps, and asked how he was able to take control of the situation, he stated, “The Marine Corps taught me not to [mess] around.” Anyone with information regarding this case, please contact the Yuma County Sheriff’s Office at 928-783-4427 or 78-CRIME to remain anonymous. You can also visit our website at www.yumacountysheriff.org to submit an anonymous tip. Information Released By: Tania Pavlak, Public Affairs Specialist

Posted by Yuma County Sheriff's Office on Wednesday, October 20, 2021

H/T: Washington Examiner