Holiday Robber Ka-ra-TAY-Chopped
When I read this the other day, I literally LOL'd!! I wish I could see that surveillance video...
Store Manager Makes Life Miserable for Would-Be Robber
A Modesto convenience store manager took matters into his own hands during an attempted robbery, not only forcing the would-be robber out the door but helping police catch him.
On November 21 at about 10:30 in the evening, Edward Petrossi was working alone at the Quik Stop store on La Loma Avenue. A man came in, picked up some beer and waited by the counter while the other customers left. The man then pulled a knife on Petrossi.
Unbeknownst to the robber, Petrossi is an expert in martial arts. He assumed a "ready" stance, then grabbed a pair of scissors and box cutter from under the counter and told the man to "bring it on." Petrossi said the man dropped the beer and fled.
Petrossi wasn't about to let the man get away. He gave chase, literally kicking the would-be thief through the store's front door.
Surveillance video captured the man stumbling through the door with Petrossi in pursuit. The suspect is seen getting to his feet, pulling up his pants and running off. Petrossi ran after the suspect into a neighboring parking lot. There the man approached a van but fled on foot when he saw Petrossi pursuing him. The store manager said he suspected the van belonged to the suspect, so he snapped a picture of its license plate on his cell phone camera.
Petrossi continued after the suspect, who looped back, got into the van, and attempted to drive away. His problems weren't quite over, though. Petrossi grabbed a rock and threw it through the driver's side window, shattering it.
The photograph of the license plate became part of the police report on the incident, and on Wednesday, 24-year-old Corey Allen Funk was arrested in Fresno for the attempted robbery. Funk is suspected in five robbery attempts in Modesto. Four of them were successful.
Funk is being held in Stanislaus County Jail on $250,000 bail.