VIDEO: Hotel Clerk Grabs Armed Robber's Gun, Sends Him Running For His Life

A quick-thinking hotel clerk grabbed an armed robber's gun and turned it on him as he was robbing her.

Paducah, KY – A quick-thinking hotel clerk sent a masked armed robber scrambling out of the hotel’s lobby after she snatched his firearm away and pointed it at him (video below).

The incident occurred at the Country Inn and Suites on McBride Lane just before 10 p.m. on Monday, the Paducah Police Department (PPD) said in a press release.

The masked suspect, later identified as 26-year-old Cory Phillips, burst into the hotel with a gun and demanded money from the clerk.

Security footage showed the employee as she tossed piles of cash and an empty plastic bag onto the counter in front of the attacker.

She took a step back as Phillips set his firearm on the counter and hastily stuffed the money into the bag, dropping some of the bills in the process, the video showed.

When the armed robber bent down to retrieve the lost cash, the clerk used the moment of distraction to grab the firearm off of the counter and immediately turned it on him.

Phillips ducked as he sprang towards the door of the lobby and ran outside, but he quickly turned around and charged back into the hotel.

After a brief verbal altercation, the suspect jumped over the front desk, so the armed clerk pointed the gun at him yet again, the video showed.

Phillips immediately cowered and spun away from her before he scrambled out the lobby doors for good and sped away in a dark-colored car, police said.

On Tuesday afternoon, a McCracken County Sheriff’s Deputy Dylan Cook made a traffic stop on Phillips’ vehicle after he spotted him driving without a seatbelt, according to the press release.

Phillips was acting “nervous,” so Deputy Cook began questioning him, police said.

Inside Phillips’ car, the deputy soon discovered an Apple computer that had previously been reported as stolen in a home burglary.

He also found clothing that was similar to a shirt and hat the armed robber ditched on McBride Lane after the botched hotel robbery.

Investigators determined that the gun Phillips used during the attack at the hotel had also been reported as stolen in the earlier home burglary.

Phillips was ultimately arrested on charges of receiving stolen property [firearm] and first-degree robbery, according to the PPD.

Watch security footage of the hotel clerk’s encounter with Phillips in the video below:

Comments (26)
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JBo
JBo

Lucky the hotel clerk didn't shoot him with his own gun. He should probably consider another line of crime since armed robbery apparently isn't his forte.

Lawman777
Lawman777

Depending on what state you reside shooting the "unarmed guy" might cause you getting charged with a crime. In Minnesota you are mandated to run away if you can rather than use force.

vpassenheim
vpassenheim

She should have shot him. How brazenly shameless can you be, that little POS!

flybynight
flybynight

Troll free...... so far. That's odd.

JRM1607
JRM1607

Shooting an unarmed man might seem unnecessary, however considering this guys aggressions, it would appear that he wanted to take the gun back, at which point the clerk would have been in fear of her life, and stopping him would require a bullet. Justified, I think.

Jim H. - Virginia US
Jim H. - Virginia US

Look at 1:45. She has excellent trigger discipline.

Also, it clearly appears to be loaded, based upon how the perp fled when she got serious after he got aggressive while she was in control of the firearm.

TrueAmerican
TrueAmerican

I know it's a serious incident but damn that was funny to watch! They say criminals are stupid, case in point!!!

Raymelson
Raymelson

I would have shot him case closed

RB2207
RB2207

She tried to shoot him but the gun either didn't have a round chambered or there was a safety. You see her trying to figure out how to use it, and at the 1:45 mark when he is coming over the counter it looks like she gets 1 shot off.

Rascal1966
Rascal1966

Oh hell no!! I would have shot his sorry piece of shit ass!!! I'm definitely claiming fear for my life!! Plus saving tax payers all that money!!! Sick of these f••king criminals!!

GLOCK_LAWMAN
GLOCK_LAWMAN

Two things here to clear up. One you can't shoot an unarmed individual for being stupid. Second the clerk did not fire a round. Now this is a good example of what not to do in a robbery. This clown probably never done anything more criminal than being a dipsh!t DA as can be seen by his ignorant handling of the few dollars that fell from counter. Some places I've been he would have stood up an got one h€ll of a headache from bumping his head on a Kentucky tree limb. I've seen people like that auditor fired for wanting to protect a stupid company. Thank GOD they weren't hurt. So this will be put in the training archive's of what not to do.......

45 years I haven't seen anything as funny as this....

BatCrapCrazy
BatCrapCrazy

Somethings stinks about this incident. Why did the robber go back around the front of the desk? Why not just have her open the drawer and empty it from behind?

"I ain't sayin, I'm just sayin."

chazman
chazman

At the point that she took the gun she was NO LONGER in imminent Danger and had she shot him She would likely be charged with a crime! Can't believe the guy comes back to tell her to give him his "GAT". There is a lesson in this video. NEVER EVER set your gun down. Always keep it on your PERSON!

pbm4jc
pbm4jc

oh well, she tried.