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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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64 Comments on "Teen arrested after clerk turns tables during robbery attempt"


Gramps1935
2015 years 9 months ago

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.

Guest461
2015 years 9 months ago

…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….

38
2015 years 9 months ago

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.

2015 years 9 months ago

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

RSimmons
2015 years 9 months ago

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?

 

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