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Teen arrested after clerk turns tables during robbery attempt

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- For the second time in a month a Wilmington store clerk has turned the tables on a would-be robber. The owner of the store says the man who allegedly tried to rob the store is "lucky to be alive."

The owner of A&J Food Mart on Princess Place Drive says Jaquan Martin said, "Please don't kill me, please don't kill me," when his apparent attempt to rob the store went wrong.

Police say Martin fumbled as he pulled out a gun giving a store clerk a chance to pull a gun of his own. The clerk did not shoot, unlike a foiled robbery attempt last month at another store.

Abdel Homid owns the store right next to A&J. He says he would deal with a situation like that in much the same way.

"I feel like if anyone's going to rob somebody they deserve what they get," said Homid, who said his clerks are armed. "I instruct them if he pulls a gun on them then pull it back on them."

The clerk that pulled the gun at A&J Food Mart did not want to speak to us on camera, but he did say off camera that Martin was simply in the wrong place at the wrong time.

A&J's owner told us off camera that Martin's mother came into the store and kissed the clerk, thanking him for not killing her son.

Homid says the clerk should have at least wounded Martin.

"They should have just let him stay there, for what and shot him in the legs," he said.

Martin escaped with his life, but not from police. Officers caught him in woods near the store and charged with attempted armed robbery.

Last month Police Chief Ralph Evangelous stuck up for clerks who defend their store.

"It's unfortunate any time anyone gets shot, but people have to do what people have to do to protect themselves," Evangelous said.

Martin is due back in court January 5. This is not his first run-in with the law. The 17-year-old was supposed to be in court for separate drug charges Thursday morning. Instead he made his first court appearance for the attempted robbery Thursday afternoon.

Martin is in jail under a $30,000 bond.

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Thugs

It is about time we fight back. Wilmington is at War with the DIRT BAGS, DRUG USERS/DEALERS, AND THE WANT A BE GANG BANGERS!!!!! Stop living in fear people of Wilmington and fight back. Stop being the pray and become the Hunter. For this we will all be better off when we thin out the garbage of this town.

Oh Please

Oh Please, let me go. I said I was "sorry". Nobody waqs killed. I'm just a disabvantaged, underpriviliged "teenager". It won't happen agin. Let me keep getting Welfare, and gang-banging. I won't get caught again, I promise.

Teen

He had better be glad Ilario (Killer) Pantano wasn't there because he would have about 16 holes in him even if he hadn't been armed.

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wordstrizz
THANK GOD FOR SMALL FAVORS.
HAVE A GOOD DAY.

Wait until a customer gets caught in the crossfire

Which is bound to happen. You have two dummies aiming guns at each other Neither has little if any firearms training and experience. I'm more scared of a clerk firing wildly across the counter than some kid waving a gun for $40 and a carton of Newports.

I'm all for people defending themselves by what ever means is necessary. But these store owners also have a responciblity for their customers safety when they are in the store. Is a customer's life worth less than the $100 they might lose?

RSimmons, you got that

RSimmons, you got that right! I'm more worried about armed psychos with bad attitudes. Defend your property and home, I have no criticism of that. I have criticism aplenty for the sickos cheering others on to "shoot to kill"...

Then both of you sniveling cowards get out of the way!

99X and PerSimmons, you're an accident waiting to happen. So, tell us more about the people you term as, "the sickos cheering others on to "shoot to kill"... There is NO cheering on here, but I can tell you for a fact that the citizens of America are getting sick and tired of being ripped-off, robbed, raped, beaten and murdered by those that aren't used to having people defend themselves. The citizens are fighting back and will only get stronger. They are already smarter....well, except for a few...(hint, hint).

You can criticize that and call them sickos all you want. Like I said before, curl your shaking body with your sopping wet panties up in the corner of that convenience store as the Thug takes what he wants and spits on you.

From my viewpoint, YOU'RE the one that needs the help! Consider enlisting in your local concealed carry class and put a couple of thousand rounds out at the range. There's a starter for you.

Well, 461, lets start with

Well, 461, lets start with this: RSimmons made a sensible point that inspired me to strongly agree with him or her.

On my own review of the posting policies on this forum I did NOT discover that you "right wingnuts" have any exclusive license to demean and insult those with whom you disagree. What's wrong with you Coultergeists anyway? You're quick to dish up insults but very defensive when challenged. Your invective has failed to change my belief that those who called for “shoot to kill” are sick.

I can tell you this as an observed fact, during the few "scrapes" I've been in over my lifetime the puddles left on the floor came from the bigmouths, the so-called toughguys. Be assured that there was nothing wet in my shorts. By the way, if you have an interest in men wearing panties, thanks to contemporary liberalism you no longer have to suffer alone!

Back to the topic. Right can become wrong very quickly when firearms in the hands of unskilled persons are added to a volatile situation.
We are close to the anniversary of the Bernhard Goetz subway shooting which happened in 1984. It isn't just today that citizens are "fighting back". I am quite sure that Bernie Goetz went to the range and squeezed a trigger more than a couple times in order to gain the proficiency to drop four thugs who menaced him.

Considering reasonable defensive principles as we think about Goetz we see that he was outnumbered four to one by "youths" who were larger than he. One of these "youths" menaced him with a screwdriver while asking for money.

Goetz did the right thing. He defended himself.

To continue with your metaphor, 461, it wouldn't be a far stretch of the imagination that there was some voiding and evacuating happening that night on that train...

Four thugs down with four bullets. Great shooting Bernie!

Here's where things went wrong; Goetz expended a fifth bullet into the back of a man who was down. That decision damaged Goetz's life forever along with the offender who he paralyzed.

Goetz's failure was not exercising personal restraint after gaining control over his attackers and this judgment lapse cost him dearly.

Today, at this minute I am very pleased with the restraint shown by the shop-keeper for not discharging his weapon into this perpetrator. I am also pleased with the restraint shown by the victim of the truck break-in discussed on another thread.

Armed citizen hotheads are a cause for worry. It isn’t IF someone’s going to get hurt, it’s WHEN.

You do it your way...we'll do it ours...

...but the bottom line is that criminals should spend a little of their stolen gratuities to properly train themselves in the use of a firearm. Not realizing where your safety is, along with a sideways stance and holding a pistol "gangsta-style" with it rotated 90 degrees off-normal while flailing at the trigger just isn't going to hit much.

Remember that citizens that legally arm themselves use legal weapons, are trained both in the class-room and by qualification at the range. Remember as well, that concealed carry permit issuance increased over 600% last year as violent crime went on the decrease. Personal restraint in a high-stress situation is one that even trained police have a difficult time dealing with. I'll do my very best.

While I hope and pray that I never have a need to pull my weapon on another human being, if and when I discover a criminal thug endangering MY life OR the life of another individual in my proximity, my weapon will come out, seek a target and discharge. I'll happily take a legal review by 12 of my peers rather than that of a desperate thug that doesn't care about my life OR his own.

YOU do as you like....

Hellllooo please wake up

Hellllooo please wake up people!! There is no money in trying to rob a food mart in the Hood!This is Insane! The most u mite get is a couple of scratch off tickets and some phillies and a book of matches!But however i commend the store clerk for saving that young mans life. Maybe he will take this as a lesson and strive to do better in life! MeDatsWho!

Your grammar and spelling...

would indicate your IQ is on par with that of Jaquan Martin.

I didnt kno this was a

I didnt kno this was a spelling b or english class! The only thing worse
Than a thief is a internet thug !" Taxpayer" how original is that? Dont hide behind ur little laptop and talk crap because ur a taxpayer remember ur not built like that.(lmao)do u know what that means?Ur one of those guys that is still payn off student loans that didn take u anywhere.oops did i say that!? MeDatsWho!

Response to Last nights events

I AM A MOTHER WHO HAS DONE HER VERY BEST TO RAISE A GOD FEARING, HONEST, KIND, RESPECTFUL, BLACK MALE IN TODAY'S SOCIETY. I KNOW THAT WHAT MY CHILD DID WAS A CRIME AND I DO NOT CONDONE IT IN ANYWAY. HE HAS MORALS AND VALUES THAT HE GREW UP WITH AND IN THE END HE CHOSE NOT TO FOLLOW THEM. HE IS WHERE HE IS SUPPOSED TO BE.. IN JAIL FOR HIS FOOLISH ACTIONS OF ENDANGERING ANOTHER HUMAN BEING FOR WHAT; YOU NOR I WILL NEVER KNOW. HOWEVER I AM GREAT FULL TO THE STORE CLERK WHO CHOSE NOT TO SHOOT MY SON. AND I TOLD HIM SO. AS YOU MIGHT HAVE HEARD ON THE NEWS AS WELL.
BOTTOM LINE HE HAS TWO CARING PARENTS WHO LOVE AND DOES NOT CONDONE HIS BEHAVIOR. I ALSO AGREE THAT HE SHOULD NOT HAVE BEEN OUT AT THAT TIME OF NIGHT, BUT IF YOU HAVE CHILDREN YOU MUST KNOW THAT YOU CAN NOT BE WITH THEM 24 HRS. A DAY. I HAVE OTHER CHILDREN IN WHICH I HAVE TO RAISE AND HOPEFULLY DO A MUCH BETTER JOB AT KEEPING THEM FROM MAKING THE SAME MISTAKES AS THEIR BROTHER HAS. SO BEFORE PEOPLE MAKE RASH COMMENTS ABOUT A PERSONS ABILITY OR LACK THERE OF TO RAISE AND TAKE CARE OF THEIR CHILDREN; YOU MUST GET BOTH SIDES.
HE IS LOVED AND SUPPORTED AND I WILL ALWAYS BE THE CHEERLEADER OR GUARD WHEN MY CHILDREN MESS UP. BUT I DO KNOW THAT WE AS HUMAN ARE NOT PERFECT AND WE DO MAKE MISTAKES. SINCE MY CHILD IS STILL BREATHING HE HAS THE OPPORTUNITY TO LEARN FROM HIS. THANK YOU FOR THIS PLATFORM. AND HAVE A GREAT LIFE. BECAUSE AS LONG AS THEIR IS A GOD I WILL CONTINUE TO PRAY FOR MY CHILD AND OTHER CHILDREN THAT GO OFF AND MAKE STUPID DECISIONS THAT AFFECT THEIR LIVES AS WELL AS OTHERS. TO GOD BE GLORY.

God bless you and your

God bless you and your family. I pray your son turns his life around after this. I commend you for posting what you did. You are a wonderful mother and I agree with you 100%. I am a mother also, of two small children, and I pray my children stay on the right path. But we do all make mistakes in life. Thank GOD your son was given a 2nd chance at life with this mistake. Do not worry what people say on here. THe world is full of EVIL people that love to talk junk. Keep your faith and hopefully everything will be OK. :) Oh, and for everyone reading this, I am a WHITE FEMALE MOTHER OF 2. I am not related to this person nor do I know them-just for the record!!!

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wordstrizz
thank you for your positive reinforcement on this forum. god bless you

Our children are being besieged by the enemy...

I applaud your efforts at shining a light on parents of children who make the wrong choices. My husband and I are currently going through some challenges with our 18 year old daughter. We are both hard working parents of 3 paying a mortgage in good old Cary, NC. I say that b/c it doesn't matter where you live or how much money you have, kids make dum decisions. We learned that our daughter, who had a job at the time mind you, went into a department store stealing makeup. We were shocked/baffled/hurt/disappointed.. everything you can image we felt it. Our daughter is a teen minister, at the time had just went to her senior prom which I was so elated about. So see, it came as a surprise when we learned of what she did. It's not a "hood" thing.. it's called Choice. So the parents that are doing all they can to raise productive citizens, my hats off to you. We can only pray for our children that they will learn from their mistakes. I too am glad that this situation did not involve anyone being harmed. Keep uplifting your child and let him know that it's not too late for him. Maybe he can mentor troubled children one day. Give them hope. Our children are growing up in a drug/sex/money crazed society. The number one show on MTV is Jersey Shores...enough said right that. Blessing

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wordstrizz
thank you for your story and i appreciate your kind words in this difficult time my family. have a blessed day and thank you again

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wordstrizz
thank you so very much for your positive reinforcement of what i was trying to convey on this forum. blessings to you and your family as well.

I know your heart and I know

I know your heart and I know You, and if anyone hasn't told you, Thank You. For being and >STAYING< as strong as you are. -Fam. =))

Good for you

Good for you mom! You sound like a loving, caring mom who wants the best for her children and I salute you for your hard work.

Hopefully this is a wake up call for your son. Things could have been much different and you could have been sitting with him in a hospital or planning a funeral. Your son needs to realize that he has been given an opportunity to make a new start and use that to turn his life around. If he doesn't, his future is bleak.

Keep up the good work with your other children and may you be blessed.

What you have said is so

What you have said is so true. You can do everything in your power to set your child on the right path, but as they get older, influences from many different areas of a child's life creep in and some children do not make the decisions that their upbringing would have predicted. You obviously raised him to follow a different path but he chose another. I am glad he was not killed so he can turn this around.

So many people are so willing to blame the parents, the teachers, the friends, the economy... The bottom line is this: Each person is responsible for his/her own actions, no matter how they were raised.

God Bless.

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wordstrizz
thank you so much for your positive feedback on this platform. god bless you, thank you very much. have a blessed day

Parents Are Fighting A New Battle

I applaud your post but you dont owe these bloggers any explanation of your family choices. Those people sit behind a computer and play "racist tag" on any black crime articles that WWAY puts up. Its clear that you love your son and are doing the best you can. Dont ever give up on your kids. Hopefully this setback for your son will be his last. We all make mistakes and not one blogger on this forum can say otherwise.

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wordstrizz
Thank you, and I know I don't owe anyone here on this forum a comment but As a single mother doing my very best to raise a descent child or children in today's society is very difficult, but I will never stop trying. I just couldn't let any of these comments to go on without responding. It is against my nature. But I have to tell you thank you for your post. So much negativity on here, it warms my heart that at least a few of them are positive. have a blessed day.

Fail

Sorry chuckles, nobody has pulled or played any race card. It is the criminal that we are tired of. Notice all the posts on the story about the white boy that tried to steal from the vehicle of an off duty police officer and the white boy that tried to rob the Bojangles in Ogden.

Armed robbery isn't a mistake, it is a conscious choice and the results of poor upbringing.

Hey stupid!! Yes I'm talking to you..

So it is your belief that the clerk was in the wrong? That he should have allowed the thug to pull the gun and just take his chances? Pull the race card all you want, the bottom line is simple, you are just as stupid as the wanna be thug.

RE Vigilante Justice in the

RE Vigilante Justice in the South
The store owner was protecting his life and his PROPERTY!!!!
How do you let the cops do thier job when you are unarmed and DEAD at 4AM???? Kinda hard to call 911 at that point....fool

That maybe the case but what about the next store clerk..

right now, the pawn shops are busier with people who work at these local marts buying a gun. My question, why not hire off duty police to sit at your store, have a police car sit at the store, or even have the police do rounds every hour at your store..I'm sure it cant be that expensive, probably the same price of a hand gun? Keep advocating vigilante and you are going to have inexperience gun toting individuals ready to pop off someone just because they may "look" like a robber. Crime will always happen, thats the price in owning and working in these types of businesses.

How's that living on your knees working out?

EVERYONE needs to start standing up to criminals and killing them whenever it is legally justified. Defending your life and property is NOT "vigilante justice." It's standing up for your basic rights as a human being.

You go ahead and sit, whimpering in the dark. People with backbones have had enough!

Hey Common.... use some of

Hey Common.... use some of your VA entitlement check for a ride to the free doctor and get your meds adjusted.