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Rockford, IL – A Subway restaurant employee said she was suspended from her job after she fought off an armed robber while working inside the sandwich shop earlier this month (video below).
The incident occurred at the Subway located at 1120 East State Street at approximately 10:30 a.m. on Sept. 5, according to the Rockford Scanner .
Store surveillance footage of the armed robbery attempt was posted to Facebook after being leaked to the news outlet and a portion of the clip has since been shared by a TikTok account belonging to the employee, Araceli Sotelo, TMZ reported. “A man came into my job and tried to rob me,” Sotelo captioned the TikTok footage.
The video showed Sotelo screaming at the armed suspect as he walked behind the counter and the two began to physically fight.
“He kind of just showed me his gun, and I was like freaking out like, ‘woah you can’t do that please leave,’” Sotelo later told WJW . “[He said] ‘give me all the money’ and I said ‘I do not have any money, like, I do not have any money.’ That is all I had and he was just like, ‘give me everything before I hurt you.’”
“Get out!” she yelled repeatedly in the video. “You’re not getting my purse.”
Sotelo also warned him she was calling the police.
She fought back fiercely against her attacker, the video showed.
“He was smaller than me, so I have that advantage. I’m bigger than him, so I could at least put my weight on him, push him, or something,” Sotelo told WJW.As the brawl spilled out into the dining area, Sotelo appeared to bash her attacker in the head and pulled his sweatshirt off. The gunman lost his grip on the gun at one point, but Sotelo was able to take it away before the suspect fled with her purse, TMZ reported.Sotelo said the masked man got away with her identification, credit cards, and everything else that was inside her bag.He also allegedly broke her phone during the fight.On Sept. 10, Sotelo shared an update that she was suspended from her job after […]
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