Stop-N-Go employee recounts Monday attempted robberyFargo, ND (WDAY TV) - One of the Stop-N-Go employees talked with WDAY 6 News about that horrifying experience. His courage is garnering attention for how he handled the dangerous situation. Despite this situation turning out well, police recommend you follow suspects orders so there won't be any violence.
By: Travis Skonseng, WDAY
One of the Stop-N-Go employees talked with WDAY 6 News about that horrifying experience. His courage is garnering attention for how he handled the dangerous situation. Despite this situation turning out well, police recommend you follow suspects orders so there won't be any violence.
Sgt. Mike Bernier – Fargo Police Department; “It's really hard to say what people are going to do. You got to understand that they're already in the mindset that they're willing to try to rob somebody of money and so you don't really understand what the mindset of that person could be.”
Officers call this act of heroism uncommon and appropriate, but dangerous. The key here, the victims did not become physical. They simply talked the subject out of robbing their store.
Brady Habeck – Robbed at Gunpoint: “He was like, ‘I want the money or else I'm going to shoot you guys’ and that's when my heart started getting a little more, oh oh.”
One day after being held at gunpoint, Brady Habeck relives the terror.
Brady Habeck: “On the inside, my body was like holy crap.”
Habeck and another employee had just locked the doors, when a robber approached. The suspect threatened the two workers, demanded money, and repeatedly tried to get inside Stop-N-Go.
Brady Habeck: “All I could say is, ‘dude we dropped all our money. We have no money. We have like 100 bucks. You're not going to be able to get anything. It's kind of pointless.’”
Habeck quickly took action.
Brady Habeck: “My brain just went talk and that was it. I didn't realize I was talking. It just kept coming out.”
He remained calm to avoid being shot.
Brady Habeck: “But I kept talking.”
The suspect eventually gave up, grunted, and then slowly fled.
Steve Robertson – Stop-N-Go Employee: “It's crazy.”
Fellow employees aren't surprised by the brave actions. Steve Robertson has never been in an armed robbery. He says he would have handled the ordeal differently.
Steve Robertson: “I probably would have grabbed him and thrown him down on the ground then called the cops and held him down until the cops got here, but that's just how I am.”
But in this case all it took was a talkative man with a few too many words to coax someone out of a committing an even more dangerous crime.
Brady Habeck: “It's a bad habit of mine, no matter the situation. If it happened again, I'd probably do the same thing and if it went some other way, I don't know. It was just kind of in the moment type of things.”
Employees there are told to do what the robber wants, quickly get out of the store, lock the doors, and then call police. In this case, they were already outside.