Employees at Valley Pawn Shop proved they could run at least as fast as the robber who showed up about noon Saturday, asked to see a MAC-10 semiautomatic pistol and grabbed it before the man showing it, Adrian Wilson, could even put it on the counter.
The man “snatched it and ran out the door,” Wilson said.
He and co-workers Scott Jeter and George Rubi saw the robber run from the store at Fourth and Menaul to a street a block away, where a white 4-door Maxima with a female driver was waiting. “He hopped in and they blew through the first stop sign,” Wilson said. At the second stop sign, the car kept going but was stopped when it was T-boned, he said. The car’s occupants, who included a second man, all jumped out of the car and ran in different directions.
“We chased them into someone’s backyard” before police arrived and set up a perimeter, Wilson said.
APD Deputy Chief Paul Feist said a canine squad was used to find the primary suspect, and another person involved sustained rib injuries and was being treated at University of New Mexico Hospital. The woman was not in custody. Police did not release their names Saturday afternoon.
Wilson said the suspect was carrying the $500 used gun in his hand while fleeing, though it wasn’t loaded. He estimated it weighs 4 or 5 pounds and is almost a foot long — too big to stick in a pocket. “To conceal it, you’d need a laptop bag,” he said. “It’s very conspicuous.”
Wilson, 30, said he wanted the gun back.
“I was fairly angry because he snatched it out of my hands,” he said.
Feist said police recovered the gun, and no officers were hurt.