This is the moment a brave shop owner in Los Angeles took on an armed robber who was holding up his store – and won.
Simon Mellor said that instinct took over when the thug came into his upmarket deli, Simon’s Market in Venice, and demanded money from the cashier.
The incident occurred on Monday night and was all captured on surveillance video.
‘I work hard for the business. Just don’t come take my stuff,’ Mellor told KTLA.
Hold-up: This is the moment the robber points the gun at the cashier, demanding money, while store owner Simon Mellor (back right) stands nearby
‘He seemed to not be concerned with me even being here, and I tried to take him down,’ Mellor said. He grabbed the man from behind and tried to restrain him
Simon Mellor said that instinct took over when the thug came into his upmarket deli, Simon’s Market in Venice, and demanded money from the cashier
The thief, in a black hoodie, was pointing the gun at the cashier while Mellor stood by his side.
‘He seemed to not be concerned with me even being here, and I tried to take him down,’ Mellor recounted.
The footage shows Mellor going up behind the man and try to restrain him, but the bandit fights back.
The two fall to the ground, before Mellor manages to wrestle the man outside.
Struggle: Mellor wrestled with the man, trying to get his gun, and the fight continued on the street
This is the clear shot of the robber that police hope will allow them to identify him
The thief ends up running off down the street, empty-handed. Mellor said he does not regret what he did, even though the man was armed
The cashier then used his cellphone to alert authorities, the video showed.
‘I just wasn’t able to get him down,’ said Mellor.
However it didn’t matter, because not only was the thief clearly caught on the cameras, he ended up running away scared.
‘I felt I did the right thing, that’s it,’ Mellor said.
Police are hoping that the footage is enough for someone to come forward and identify the robber so that they can make an arrest.
‘I work hard for the business. Just don’t come take my stuff,’ Mellor told KTLA