VIDEO: Store Fires Clerk For Drawing Gun On Hatchet-Wielding Robber

The suspect handed over his hatchet and took off running from the store after the clerk pulled out his concealed weapon.

Oak Grove, OR – A hatchet-wielding suspect who tried to rob a local convenience store surrendered his weapon and ran for his life after the store clerk drew a handgun and pointed at him, (video below).

The clerk has since been fired from his job due to the store’s zero tolerance for weapons policy, KOIN reported.

The Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) has released security footage of the robbery attempt in an effort to identify and locate the suspect seen in the video.

The incident occurred at the Plaid Pantry at approximately 1 a.m. on April 28.

The masked suspect entered the store and walked directly to the counter, then pulled out a 12-inch hatchet.

But as he set his weapon down on the counter, the savvy clerk drew a concealed handgun he was carrying on his right side, the video showed.

He then dialed up the police on his cell phone, while holding the would-be robber at gunpoint.

The seemingly stunned suspect slowly slid his hatchet across the counter.

“I’m sorry. I’ll leave,” he told the clerk, according to KOIN.

The suspect initially complied with the employee’s commands to raise his hands in the air and to get onto his knees, KGW reported.

But a moment later, he turned away from the armed employee, and sprinted out of the store.

The CCSO is still looking for the suspect, who is described as a Hispanic male in his early 20s.

“We’d like to reunite you with the hatchet you left behind after the clerk responded with a handgun and a 911 call and you fled the scene,” CCSO Sergeant Marcus Mendoza said in a news release, according to FOX News.

Despite having protected himself and the store in what could have been a deadly encounter, the clerk was fired from his job for violating the store’s ban on weapons, Plaid Pantry CEO Jonathan Polansky told KGW.

Polansky said that employees are trained to de-escalate potentially violent situations instead of using weapons.

You can watch security footage of the would-be robber’s encounter with the armed clerk in the video below:

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Thinblueline
Thinblueline

Fairly sure that the robber knew it was a weapon free zone so he thought the cashier would not be armed, nice policy store owner.....this would be a good business for the good people of Oregon (if there are any left) to boycott. Any company who would fire an employee for protecting themself can fuck right off.

ghar
ghar

tell the CEO to run the damned store himself... maybe when he is robbed they will say pretty please before they rob him and club him with a hatchet... jackass

Daughter
Daughter

Stupid freakin manager!!!i would have done the same thing and then I would have hired him at my store I wouldn’t work in a nite business like that without protection!!!

K-9 319
K-9 319

I'm pretty sure it's hard to de-escalate when your faced with an individual who is holding a hatchet intent on robbing you. That manager should take a few defense classes before he opens his mouth again.

yelyana
yelyana

I would say he did exactly what the policy said - de-escalated.

Mig Alley
Mig Alley

How dare this store clerk defend himself!!!! Easy to find bad help. /s

Badge2336
Badge2336

Thats the best way to escalate a man with an ax I can think of. .. Without shooting him .😂😂😂

JLo1
JLo1

Thats the store I'd go rob! I know it's now weapons free! Fu&*ing idiot owners!

Mama1959
Mama1959

The way the suspect's left foot turns in when he walks, someone has to recognize him.

Paul Kersey Jr.
Paul Kersey Jr.

You cops and chippies are hilarious in your stupidity. Did the clerk know the policy was in force? If so, he's liable for violating it. The owner, ( I doubt the CEO matters in this , if it involves a larger corp, probably a franchise store owned by a vibrant member of a non-native population ) doesn't need to work the night shift, he's the OWNER, he places HIS capital at risk to operate the business ( like, for instance, paying the LIABILITY INSURANCE ) if you dumbass hypocrites want to attack anyone, go after the insurer. These policies are an accepted reality at these jobs, smart people ignore them (like this guy). Cry for him not, I'm sure he's working a new "Stop 'n Rob" as we speak. What's funny to me is if one of you pulled this guy over for a burned out plate lamp ( license plate obscured) ( gotta make that paper for the city!!!) and you saw he was armed half of you would shit yourselves, yell "gun!" and "I will kill you! (my favorite) and then magdump on him. Puhleeze. More silly windbaggery from the peanut gallery. Learn how a business is run at least before you comment. Idiots. Willful violation of an understood company policy is cause for termination in every state I've worked in. I feel for the guy. None of you could relate, being mostly government enforcers and various make-work tax leaches.

IseeWhereThisIsGoing
IseeWhereThisIsGoing

This is a very common policy, and store policies are designed to protect the store from liability, not the employee's personal safety (which is why loss prevention / security is not supposed to confront thieves, they are simply to call police and let them handle it, and they will terminate people who prevent shoplifters from leaving). Had the employee shot the robber, the store could have gotten sued, which is what they are trying to avoid. That all being said, I'd rather lose my job than lose my life.

Dclement
Dclement

I think he de-escalated it very successfully. This country is going to hell in a witches handbag quicker than a hatchet wielding robber escaping from a gun toting cashier in a convenience store in Oregon!

MajScallywag
MajScallywag

This store is owned and operated by leftist socialists who don’t care if their employees are injured or killed by the leftist druggies out there. I agree, the assholes making the rules should work nights alone. This store is not a place to work unless you don’t care if you’re killed; the owners don’t care.

BanditOne
BanditOne

If this employee was killed during the robbery the ceo would've sent his, "thoughts and prayers" to his family and not care one bit he died. How do liberals themselves in the mirror?

BlueProtects
BlueProtects

I guess that the Liberal owner believes that all there employees need to do is tell the criminals to surrender there weapons and they will comply.😂 Falls in line with the Democratic Congresswoman stated that all guns should be confiscated and when asked about the criminals she stated back Did you not listen to what i said. I stated ALL guns that includes criminals. That's how uneducated they are on life behavior.

Stanracer
Stanracer

The clerks life was being threatened. Doesn't he have a constitutional right to protect himself? He should sue his employer.

Wasiechu
Wasiechu

Which fool said that?

javaguy
javaguy

Boycott the PLAID PANTRY

Libssuckroyally
Libssuckroyally

I worked in one of these convenience stores around 20 years ago and at night ( yes I work the graveyard shift) the local drug dealers and thugs what congregate outside the store. I took to bringing my well trained American Bulldog to work with me. Well one night it happened and this guy came in and tried to rob me. All I had to say was "G" ( that was my dog's name) and he had his front pause on that counter and all that guy saw was a mouthful of teeth. Needless to say he ran like hell out the store and the local drug dealers and thugs came in wanting to know why this white Criminal was scared so shittless 🙄. Again I called G to the counter and they all ran out even more scared LOL. After that night the thugs decided that I was okay and they watched out for me. I will never work in that type of store especially in this day and age and living in a liberal state. I was just lucky my boss did not watch the security tapes very often 😊

Heart and Soul
Heart and Soul

Well done, clerk - too bad the store doesn't know a loyal valuable employee when they see one. Move to Idaho, we would love to have you protecting our state/communities!

DR226
DR226

This clerk should get a metal for protecting himself and the business or even a bonus. He did everything perfect and even though the article said he pointed the gun at the perp I saw him pointing the gun in a safe direction maybe when he pulled his weapon for a split second did he point it toward the suspect. Great job!

Suds18
Suds18

Why cares what their B.S policy says! Guess who went home? And let’s be honest he was likely way under paid anyway. Good move dude, shame on the administration of that shit hole.

Kevcali
Kevcali

Too bad he only got a hatchet off the street

Woobie46
Woobie46

Sue the store owner for everything he's worth. This is a BS policy and I very much doubt if there is any training given. This owner needs an electric shock to his system in a big flashy way. SUE!