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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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He's living off of us tax payers , who actually work for a living.

"it cant be that expensive"

Well, lets see.
1 uniformed officer $15 per hour.
1 marked police cruiser $10 per hour.

I'm sure those are low figures, but it will do to illustrate your lunacy.

Total $25 per hour.

$25 x 24 hours a day.....$600 per day.

$600 per day x 7 days a week.....$4,200

$4,200 per week x 52 weeks a year....$218,400 per year.

$218,400 x 20 years.....$4,368,000.00

Now the good part.

1 legally purchased handgun....$500.00
Concealed carry class.......$70 bucks?
Concealed carry permit......$90 bucks (which includes a background check, which the fumbling fool definitely couldn't pass)
Holster.....$30
Ammunition...$19

Total $790.00

The ability to defend yourself legally against a person too lazy to get off his dusty A@@ and work for a living.....PRICELESS

So, to all the criminals, white, black, blue, or green, your on notice.

Before you go waving a gun around, pick out a casket so your mom won't have to.

People are fed up, and they aren't gonna take it anymore!

?

"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?"

You can buy a used revolver for like $200. Is that cheaper than hiring a Security Guard? Yeah for a night, but not for very long.

We don't have enough officers to have a cop at every convenience store.

Isn't it illegal to act as a "vigilante" ? If so and the police have not charged this clerk or the one last month, then I think these individuals are simply protecting themselves when threatened with a firearm.

typo

meant "more expensive than hiring a Security Guard", not "cheaper than"

Low life thug

Bet ya he's already out of jail. If not, he will be soon. This isn't the last we've seen of this dredge of the earth. We could blame the parents but that would assume that he has two caring parents... what are the odds of that? Stay tuned...

Stop scaring them, stop wounding them....

..start killing them. If they are reaching for a gun and you get yours out and on target first, please eliminate the need for a trial and incarceration. Take them out and do society a favor. You can't shoot if you give them enough time to turn and run: You want instinctive point shooting immediately on target acquisistion. Practice, practice, practice.

you are cold hearted

if you have children, what if that was YOUR child that did the crime? would you still say we should start Killing Them??? What a heartless thing to say. Maybe somebody needs to remove people like YOU from this earth. THAT would be doing society a favor.

I have two kids

One's a deputy sheriff, one's a career army officer.

I doubt that either of them will be sticking up convenience stores any time soon, but if either does, then I'd highly recommend the store owner or clerk to shoot to kill VERY QUICKLY.

I agree with Common

If my child were dumb enough to think of armed robbery as a way of life, a quick fix or a way to make ends meet it would not only mean I failed as a parent but that he would get what he asked for. If that means he is shot and possibly killed, that would be the result of a hard life lesson.
I'd cry, I'd be sad and devastated but I wouldn't try to defend his actions with all the BS that the criminal lovers try. That would mean he wasn't a good boy, he would have hurt somebody and all his time in church didn't sink in.

I do have children, two to

I do have children, two to be exact, but I don't have to worry about them commiting ctime because they were not raised to be criminals. If you don't have the parenting skills to keep from raising a criminal maybe you are as much a criminal as they are.

Put the criminals down before they have the chance to commit more crime. Stop breeding for the purpose of collecting a welfare check. How much you want to bet this won't be the last time Jaquan Martin runs afoul of the law? Hopefully next time someone puts his criminal self down like the criminal dog he is.

Response

wordstrizz
You MIGHT NOT BE AWARE OF WHAT MY FIRST THOUGHT TO YOUR COMMENT WAS TO SAY BUT I THOUGHT ABOUT SAYING "F' YOU AND LEAVING IT AS THAT. BUT LIKE I SAID BEFORE EVERYONE HAS AN OPINION AND I KNEW THIS WHEN MY SON WENT OUT AN GOT CAUGHT UP IN THIS STUPID DECISION THAT HE OBVIOUSLY MADE ON A WHIM. I DIDN'T LOOK AT MY SON WHEN HE WAS BORN AND SAY. AWWWW, LOOK AT THE FUTURE CRIMINAL IN THE MAKING. I LOOKED AT MY SON WITH SAME EYES MOST PARENTS LOOK AT THEIR CHILDREN WITH. SUCH AS I HOPE I CAN TEACH HIM EVERYTHING IN WHICH HE WOULD NEED IN ORDER TO BECOME A STRONG, CARING, RESPECTFUL OF SELF AND OTHERS TYPE OF MAN, THAT WOULD ONE DAY GRADUATE HIGH SCHOOL, GO OFF TO COLLEGE AND STRIVE FOR THE MOON AND THAT STARS. MY FAMILY AND I AREN'T ON WELFARE, DESPITE WHERE WE LIVE. I AM A FULL TIME COLLEGE STUDENT WITH COUNTLESS CERTIFICATES OF COMPLETION ON MANY DIFFERENT SUBJECTS WHO IS AND WILL CONTINUE TO BE HERE FOR MY CHILDREN NO MATTER WHAT. GOOD OR BAD, CAUSE AS PARENTS WE KNOW THAT OUR CHILDREN ARE GONNA MESS UP, THEY WOULDN'T BE HUMAN IF THEY DIDN'T. IT IS STILL UP TO US TO EITHER THROW UP OUR HANDS AND SAY WELL, I DID THE BEST I COULD OR ATTEMPT TO BE THAT POSITIVE REINFORCEMENT THAT TELLS THEM " HEY LOOK YOU KNOW THAT THE DECISIONS THAT YOU ARE MAKING IS VERY DETRIMENTAL TO YOUR FUTURE IN OUR SOCIETY, AND I KNOW YOU CAN DO BETTER!!!!!" I CHOOSE THE LATTER OF THE TWO CHOICES. MY SON ISN'T AN ANIMAL; ALTHOUGH IF HE ONLY HAS PEOPLE IN HIS LIFE WITH YOUR VIEWS I DEFINITELY BELIEVE HE COULD JUST AS EASILY MAKE YOU A BELIEVER. THANK GOD HE HAS ME. HAVE A GOOD DAY.

Vigilante Justice In The South Is Another Form Of Lynch Mobs

When a trigger happy clerk actually kills someone who might not have a weapon on him, you guys are going to cheer and applaud that? Or maybe yourself might walk into a store with a hat over your head and head hung low and they mistake you as robbing the place and shoot you, would you be applauding then? Or maybe you as a minority walk into a gas station at 4am in the morning and have your hands in your pocket and find a bullet in your back as you walking to the back of the store to get something to drink, would you applaud that too? You guys are awarding stupidity and carelessness. Let the police do their job, isnt that what they are getting paid to do?

Please allow me to enlighten you...

Definition of VIGILANTE

: a member of a volunteer committee organized to suppress and punish crime summarily (as when the processes of law are viewed as inadequate); broadly: a self-appointed doer of justice.

Please inform us all how protecing yourself against a subject trying to rob you with a deadly weapon falls in this category.

If a person enters your home intent on robbing you with a gun, are you telling me that if you had the opportunity to protect yourself you would instead sit still like a grazing sheep? I guess some of us (the clerk) are sheep dogs and some of us are just the sheep(YOU).

Did you also notice you are the only one bringing up the race issue? Do you know why that is? It's because you are not only a racist sheep, but a hypocrite as well.

When your life depends on the next FEW seconds....

...the police are only minutes away! People realize this and are continually arming themselves for self preservation. In this world where some increasingly feel it acceptable to rob, steal, cheat, beat, molest, rape and murder other human beings, we are exercising our right to protect ourselves. LEGAL gun purchases and the issuance of concealed carry permits are accelerating as never seen before and will only increase.

This is NOT vigilante justice, this is self protection and preservation my dear idiot. Nowadays, the thug criminal must not only be concerned about the late night cashiers that have a weapon, but should also consider that nice looking woman standing behind him with a .40 cal at hand!

This world is changing fast Buckwheet and the honest people are adapting well. So, as you sit in the dark corner of that convenience store while shivering with warm liquid in your shorts, you had best hope the hell there is a citizen on YOUR side willing to step up for what is right. Remember...the police are only "minutes" away...

This has nothing to do with minorities

I am pleased to see finally these convienence stores defending themselves against criminals. The police cant be everywhere and this criminal is lucky to be alive.

This is about standing up for your business, not minorities. If you try to break into my business or my house, I am going to shoot you.

say what...

lynch mobs?? You're either trolling or very dumb. The guys wasn't killed, the cops were allowed to do their job. Either way, Merry Christmas.

You are an obviously bleeding heart liberal

The reality is the individual who chooses to defend their store has the right to do so at the same time if they shoot an unarmed person I hope they have video proof of the attempted robbery. As far as Im concerned if somebody comes in a store and attempts to rob it saying they have a weapon they are fair game for a double tap to the chest. I was taught at an early age you must always assume when a weapon is pointed at you that somebody intends to use it for its purpose which is to maim or kill and you can never assume by handing over the cash they still wont use the weapon period.. Your assumptions are asinine. Nobody in their right mind is goign to pull out a gun and start playing Dirty Harry when somebody has their hands in their pockets walking to the back of the store to get a drink. Now admittedly at 4am I might be a little more leary and watch them carefully in case they decide to try anything.. In my 2 brief times working in Convience stores the times I was overnight the store was locked and we had bulletproof glass and all transactions were done through a slide drawer (even if they wanted a drink it would fit)... The other wasnt open 24/7 but we did have a silent alarm and strict orders to hand over the cash if robbed but I disliked the policy of not being allowed to defend ourselves despite having a legal CCW permit.

Response

I appreciate your comment and statements that you made were valid. My son is where he needs to be tonight and I am guessing for much more days or years to come. I believe as well that the police should do their job especially when people make foolish decisions which could cause them their lives as well as others. All I can really say on this matter is that I am very great full to the clerk for not shooting my son, and am very disappointed in my son making that decision to do such a dangerous thing.

The kid was going for his

The kid was going for his gun, not wearing a hat on his head that was hung low and not in the back as he was walking to the back of the store to get a drink. He had a gun, the clerk had every right to produce his own gun and he even had the right to shoot the punk. This is not the fella's first arrest. It's not even his second, so don't go feeling sorry for him.

If you want to take your chances that you would even make it to the phone to call the police, you go ahead and do that. Those of us who believe in protecting ourselves, our families and our properties will do what is necessary to do so. If you don't like our right to bear arms, you are welcome to go to Britain where you can shoot a burglar and be the one who goes to jail. If you don't like how we Southerners are willing and able to protect ourselves, you are welcome to go up north. We don't want your kind here anyway.

Also, I would rather the punk who intended to rob the place to be the one at the morgue instead of the clerk who is trying to make an honest living.

vigilante justice

fire untill the threat stops

So the clerk is being irresponsible????

Store clerks a LEGAL RIGHT to arm themselves. I would even say they have an obligation to his/her family to preserve their life.

So this dum**** decides he wants to rob another. He goes in either having or suggesting he is armed.This completely innocent human who has a husband or wife and 2.5 kids at home. This person EARNING their way in life has about 3 seconds to decide him or me...

Well I would hope that HONEST WORKING clerk take about 2.5 Seconds to aim and squeeze however many rounds it takes to feel they have stopped the threat, aiming right at center mass.

He CHOSE to rob and another is lawfully armed and shoots and kills.
Too d*** bad. Society has one less thug and the world is a better place.

AND AN INNOCENT WORKING CITIZEN GOES HOME.... sounds like a fair deal.

Ya'll are Being Way Too Hard

Come on folks.....He was just getting his Christmas shopping done early. How else will he fill his stocking with candy canes, oranges, cocaine, gum, crack, chocolates, and heroine.

Maybe he can be put in the same cell as the young man that broke into the policemans' car. They can sit around and count the number ofeach other's brain cells (on ONE hand)

Ha ha got what u

Ha ha got what u deserved....
..lol

Kidding? Got what he deserved?

What that little Punk *** B**** deserved? He deserved to be shot!

Another low life

Another low life in Wilmington. He wants to act like bad guy throw him in jail with everyone else see how he likes that. Just another low life thug off the street, doesn't care about anyone but himself! I have no care nor sympathy for him nor his family.

Soon you will see or hear on tv oh no not my baby he's such a good child! Wake up call mom and dad. He's far from sweet and innocent! Hope he serves his time in jail. I am sure he doesn't have a job and now he will really have hard time finding one with these charges against him, but who would want to hire him anyways!

Another one day many more to go!

The story is wrong

Employees at A&J Food Mart on Princess Place Drive say a man entered the store just after 4 a.m.

He isn't a man, just another little punk boy. What business does a 17 year old have being out at 4am on a school night. Wait, I know. He dropped out of school after discovering he can sponge off the taxpayers and commit crimes to supplement his income.

But I'm sure he is a great guy, goes to church, picks up trash on the roadside and is all around pleasant to be with. Gag.

Lets hear all the excuses from the criminal supporters.

I'm with you

The parents of ALL these young thugs should be taken in to jail themselves. It's their JOB to keep up with their children. They should be held accountable for their kids. You can't turn them loose on the public and expect anyone to give a damn about what happens to them.

ACCOUTABILITY

TO ALL OF THE PEOPLE HERE BASHING MY PARENTAL SKILLS AS A RESPONSIBLE PARENT CAN WALK A MILE IN MY SHOES. MY SON ISN'T A BUM, HE'S A STRAIGHT A STUDENT, WHOM BEFORE THESE PAST INCIDENTS ACCORDED IN HIS LIFE, HAS A MOTHER WHO RAISED HER SON TO RESPECT THE LAW OF THE LAND AS WELL AS THE LAW OF HUMANITY. SO BEFORE YOU MAKE CARELESS STATEMENTS SAYING THAT THE PARENTS SHOULD BE PUT INTO JAIL BECAUSE OF THE ACTIONS OF THEIR ALMOST GROWN CHILDREN MAKE, YOU REALLY NEED TO COUNT YOUR BLESSING AND PRAY TO GOD THAT NONE OF YOUR CHILDREN EVER GROW UP AN DISAPPOINT YOU. I WOULD HAVE YOU KNOW THAT BEYOND WHAT THE NEWS MAY TELL YOU ABOUT MY SON, I HAVE RAISED HIM WITH MORALS AND VALUES. AND I HAVE TRIED MY VERY BEST TO KEEP MY CHILDREN FROM DOING FOOLISH THINGS. BUT ONCE THEY GET IT INTO THEIR HEADS TO BE FOOLISH THEN THERE ISN'T MUCH YOU OR I COULD DO TO DETER THEIR IDEAS. SO ONCE AGAIN BEFORE ANYONE ELSE WOULD LIKE TO POST COMMENTS ABOUT PEOPLES PARENTING SKILLS OR HOW THEY RAISE THEIR CHILDREN. YOU FIRST REMEMBER THIS.. NONE OF US ARE PERFECT AND WE MAKE MISTAKES, AND I WILL FOREVER BE HONORED THAT THE CLERK IN THE STORE SAW THAT MY SON NEEDED TO BE IN JAIL AND NOT IN THE GROUND. SOMETIMES IT'S THE PEOPLE YOU HANG AROUND THAT ALSO INFLUENCE THE DECISIONS YOUR CHILDREN MAKE NO MATTER HOW YOU RAISE THEM, OR HOW YOU HOPE AND PRAY THEY WILL BE INSTRUMENTAL COMPONENTS OF OUR SOCIETY. I DO KNOW THAT WHAT HE DID WAS WRONG AND I PRAY TO GOD THAT HE LEARNS A MUCH NEEDED LESSON FROM HIS ACTIONS, BECAUSE BULLETS FLYING THROUGH THE AIR OR NOT HE IS WHERE HE SHOULD BE AFTER MAKING POOR CHOICES. THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME.

love him from a DISTANCE

i don't doubt that she's a good mother, or that she tried to keep her son from living the life he has chosen; thing is that once you are in a gang, YOU ARE IN! the only exit is in a box, unless of course she plans on moving, and even then who is to say her son will change his behavior. He may just find another set, same gang, same BS lifestyle, etc. my heart is with the mother tho; i hope that you begin to live for yourself... sometimes we have to just love from a distance. it may seem harsh to say, but its real. If Parents keep patting their kids on the hand saying "dont do that anymore" then what REAL lesson is learned. None. i say let him sit there. and after he gets out if he still continues to repeat the same actions, wash your hands with him all together ( loving him from an even longer distance) continue to encourage him to change, and most importantly CONTINUE TO PRAY for HEALING/CHANGE in him.

CAPS LOCK, find the button and turn off CAPS.

Dear Real Mother:

You have a real opportunity here to scare the living s*** out of your son and turn him around. The friends he kept must have taught him robbing a store was ok. The only way to rehab your child is to get him out of this area and away from everything he knows. He is lucky to be alive, however, he may not be that lucky the next time.

You must accept that the citizens of this town are threatened by anyone who tries to rob our businesses. You cannot defend your parenting because somewhere you faltered. Your son is still a child, however, old enough to know better. So unfortunatley, you must take a good look at yourself and find out what signs you missed.

No one is questioning your faith or the love you have for your son. However, it is natural that we question your methodolgy and your ability to maintain control of your child. If you want to really make a difference make sure you leave him in jail and when he does get out, make sure he realizes his free pass is over.

He must be held accountable and you must see to this. Do not confuse the love of your child with the duty you have to also instill to him at any age the difference of right and wrong.