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2 Arrested in Discount Store Robbery Thwarted by Clerk

Two women have been arrested for a robbery at a discount store in San Diego in which they put a gun to a clerk’s head, prompting a risky scuffle caught on security cameras.The San Diego Police Department (SDPD) told NBC 7 the armed suspects – Irene Lee, 22, and Ariel Burrus, 25 – were taken into custody just before midnight Wednesday. Local Fire Agencies Send Rescue Resources to Santa Barbara The women are accused in a robbery at a Savers 99 Cents Store on University Avenue on Dec. 13. That day, the duo walked into the store and, immediately, the clerk recognized them. He said they had robbed his store before and he was tired of it. This time, they wouldn’t get away with it.The clerk, who spoke exclusively with NBC 7 earlier this month, said he took a stance at the front of the store and confronted the suspects, demanding to see what they had shoplifted. Apparent Successor to ‘El Chapo’ Pleads Guilty to Federal Trafficking Charges The situation escalated and Burrus pulled out a gun — a fully-loaded 22-caliber revolver and put it squarely to the back of the clerk’s head.”The gun was cocked and ready to fire easily, I mean hair trigger,” SDPD Robbery Detective Dewayne Glazewski explained. Teachers in National City Rally Amid Contract Dispute with District In the surveillance video, the clerk appeared enraged, reaching for the weapon as Burrus started to return it to her waistband. The two grappled on the floor for a few seconds before he wrenched the gun away from her.The clerk’s decision to disarm Burrus wasn’t exactly based on a complete understanding of the risk, Glazewski told NBC 7.”He thought it was a fake gun so he went after the woman and took the gun away,” he said.The weapon didn’t fire but Burrus’ head was bloodied from the scuffle on the floor.Lee had left. Burrus stuck around long enough to drink water.Police said she threatened to come back and kill the clerk if he didn’t return her weapon. Eventually, at a leisurely pace, she walked away from the store before police came.Burrus and Lee were booked into the Las Colinas Detention and Reentry Facility (LCDRF), each on one count of robbery. Lee’s booking record shows two additional charges, a probation violation, and child cruelty.The suspects are scheduled to appear in court Friday.
Source: NBC San Diego

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