Watch: Subway Worker Suspended After Defending Herself From Armed Robber

Now, unlike most self-defense stories that we cover here at Bearing Arms, the only person who had a gun in this encounter was the armed robber. Well, at least that was the case until the armed robber dropped his gun and Subway sandwich artist Araceli Sotelo picked it up.

Sotelo was working alone in a Subway restaurant in Rockford, Illinois a few days ago when a man walked up to the counter and threatened her with a pistol.


“He kind of just showed me his gun, and I was like freaking out,” she told WTVO. “[He said] ‘give me all the money … give me everything before I hurt you,’” she recalled of the terrifying confrontation.

After at least a minute of pleading with her attacker, Sotelo finally struck back — hitting and pushing him and trying to get him in a standing headlock, the footage showed.

“He was smaller than me, so I have that advantage … I could at least put my weight on him, push him, or something,” Sotelo told the local station.

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