August 12th, 2010
08:07 PM ET

Video: Man with cane stops hold-up


An attempted robbery of a pharmacy in Florida was thwarted by an elderly customer and his cane, and it was all caught on videotape.

According to the Tampa Police, the suspect entered a Walgreens store Wednesday morning and approached a female cashier.

“The suspect had a brown paper bag over his right hand and pointed it at the clerk demanding money,” the police said in a statement. At that moment, an elderly customer who was standing nearby attacked the robber with a cane and chased him out of the store.

Police have released a video of the crime and are asking the public for help in identifying the perpetrator.

Daniel De Sevilla, a cashier at the Walgreens praised the man for coming to the defense of the cashier. “I’m glad he stepped up for her,” De Sevilla said. “I saw pictures and the guy that was robbing looked pretty big and he got scared away by the cane.

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soundoff (3 Responses)
  1. Marie

    The brown paper bag versus the cane and some courage. Good no one was hurt.

    August 13, 2010 at 5:57 am |
  2. Annie Kate

    I'm so glad the elderly man stepped up and was the hero of the moment. Whacking someone with a cane is not a trivial blow – it hurts. I bet that robber got a lot more than he thought he would and none of it was green! You don't have to be young and able-bodied to step up and help out when the situation requires it. Good for him!

    August 12, 2010 at 10:38 pm |
  3. JC-Los Angeles

    The elderly gentleman who thwarted the attempted robbery is a true American hero and obviously from a different generation.

    If he were a youth of today, he might have simply allowed the robbery to take place and been content to be on the video.

    August 12, 2010 at 9:19 pm |