VIDEO – ‘Not Messing Around’ – Watch US Marine Veteran Disarm Armed Robber in Yuma Gas Station

Screenshot from FOX 11 Los Angeles via YouTube

During a brazen early morning robbery attempt at a gas station in Yuma, Arizona, a man who described himself as a Marine Corps veteran quickly and calmly disarmed a juvenile suspect. He detained the would-be robber until law enforcement arrived.

The incident happened at about 4:30 a.m. at a Chevron gas station.

Stripes reported:

James Kilcer’s heroics were captured in eight seconds of surveillance footage that show him standing with his back to the store’s front door as two masked men – one with a handgun and another with a bag – enter the store. The armed robber immediately pointed the gun directly at Kilcer, who turned around to see the two men.

The armed robber then turned the gun toward the cashier. That’s when Kilcer quickly acted, grabbing the handgun. He then wrestled the robber to the ground and out of the camera’s view.

…The unarmed robber and a third person not seen in the video escaped before police arrived.

The humiliated juvenile robber was booked into the Yuma County Juvenile Justice Center on charges of armed robbery and aggravated assault. Since the sheriff’s office did not release Kilcer’s age or place of residence, the Marine Corps was unable to verify Kilcer’s service record without his date of birth.

When deputies later asked Kilcer how he was able to take control of the situation, he said: “The Marine Corps taught me not to [mess] around.” ADN

Paul Crespo is the Managing Editor of American Defense News. A defense and national security expert, he served as a Marine Corps officer and as a military attaché with the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) at US embassies worldwide. Paul holds degrees from Georgetown, London, and Cambridge Universities. He is also CEO of SPECTRE Global Risk, a security advisory firm, and President of the Center for American Defense Studies, a national security think tank.

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