Watch Would-Be Robber Flee Store After Clerk Whips Out Gun

[Screenshot Facebook Escambia County Sheriff's Office]

Brianna Lyman News and Commentary Writer
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A would-be robber was forced to flee a Florida convenience store after the store clerk whipped out his own gun, according to police.

Thirty-two year-old Rakim Stephen Tate made a “bad decision [that] became a worse decision” on Sept. 9 when he tried to rob a convenience store with a shotgun, the Escambia County Police Department said.

Tate walked into the store with the shotgun “close to his side” before looking around. “At this time, he doesn’t notice anyone behind the counter … so he watches and waits,” police said.

But a store employee had actually spotted Tate arming himself just before he entered the store, prompting the employee to head to a back room to grab his personal firearm, police said.

Police said Tate waited for the employee to return to the front of the store and “seconds later, when he sees the employee return, he freezes … oh boy. The employee returned to the counter holding his own gun toward the befuddled attempted robber.” (RELATED: ‘He Shot My Arm Off!’: Elderly Liquor Store Owner Stops Robbery)

Tate was confronted by the employee and attempted to explain, mentioning he was from Chicago as he fumbled for words.

“I don’t mean no harm, I’m just not from around here,” Tate told the employee, noting he had a “big ass gun” on him. Tate is then seen on surveillance footage leaving the store.

“Words seem to fail you when your felony attempt is thwarted by lawful and righteous force,” the Escambia Police Department wrote in their post. “Thankfully, he decides that it is not the time for a robbery, and he slowly exits the store.”

Tate was arrested several days later in Santa Rosa County and has been charged with openly carrying a prohibited weapon and attempted robbery with a firearm, according to police.

“You’re not in Chicago anymore; you’re under arrest,” police said.