When a thug made his plans to rob a pharmacy, he didn’t consider that there may be someone inside who could easily take him down. But, thankfully for the store and its employees, there was.
On Valentine’s Day, a masked man walked into the Walgreens in Bradenton, Florida, stuck his hand in his pocket, and claimed to have a gun. He then demanded that the pharmacy workers give him “all the oxy 30s” — a reference to the controlled narcotic drug oxycodone, according to ABC News.
But his scheme didn’t really go as planned. A two-time boxing state champion just so happened to be visiting his girlfriend, an employee at the store, when the attempted robbery took place. And he went into full-on protective mode.
The boxer, David West, said he was afraid that the robber would hurt his girlfriend, so he quickly moved to her defense, and the whole incident was captured on the store’s surveillance camera.
West, 25, tried to take the alleged criminal down without throwing a punch at first, but at some point he pulled the man’s sweatshirt over his head. It wasn’t long before the would-be robber likely regretted his decision.
The thug, later identified as Anthony Nemeth, managed to wriggle out of his sweatshirt, and the boxer wasted no time knocking him out with a series of punches, leaving the alleged criminal’s face bruised and bloody.
West was able to hold him until police arrived.
Congratulations to our own David West for saving the day. https://t.co/WYJQeUPWOH
— Tony Spain (@absoluteboxing) February 17, 2016
“I was protecting the one I love,” West told ABC News, referring to his girlfriend who was working behind the pharmacy counter. “I have to say, she’s really the reason why I reacted so quickly. It was just instinct to protect her.”
“I really don’t wish anything bad towards him, and I do hope he gets the help he needs,” he added.
Nemeth, 26, has been charged with robbery, and was being held in custody at Manatee County Jail on $15,000 bond.
Watch video of the incident here:
Officials haven’t said if Nemeth actually had a gun on him in the pharmacy, but thankfully someone was there who was willing to take him down regardless.
It’s always fun to see someone thwart a thug’s plans to do harm.
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