Video captured on 5 September shows Sotello fighting an armed robber, repeatedly hitting him with his own gun.
Screenshot of the event. image credit: youtube
Araceli Sotelo, a . an employee in Subway Sandwich Shop in Rockford, Illinois, United States committed an armed robbery while managing the store alone. Days after the CCTV footage of the attempted robbery was leaked, he has been suspended by the store.
Video, captured on September 5, shows Sotello fighting an armed robber, repeatedly hitting him with his own gun.
When the robber pointed his gun at him, Sotello pleaded with him not to harm him. After pleading and begging for a minute, she backed down, pushing and hitting again and again. Sotello’s purse fell as he pushed the robber away and tried to fasten him in a headlock. The robber’s gun also fell to the ground.
Sotello snatched the gun and repeatedly attacked the thief. Later the robber fled with his purse.
He later posted the leaked CCTV footage on his TikTok account, which garnered over nine million views.
Footage of his heroic effort was also posted on Facebook, which has garnered over 120,000 views so far. Many users praised his bravery in facing an armed robber while alone in the shop.
But Sotello posted an update after sharing the footage, saying he had been suspended from the job. He claimed that he was suspended after footage of the attempted robbery leaked online because his owners did not want it to be known that he was attacked in the shop.
Subway commented that it was “deeply concerned” about that incident, but declined to confirm or deny whether Sotello had been suspended. The fast food giant said each branch is owned and operated independently and asked for patience till the investigation is over.
During this, A GoFundMe page has been started to help Sotello Hire a lawyer and replace his stolen items along with recovery of his wages. Page has already managed to raise over $16,306.
The police is still probing the incident and has made a video of the incident as evidence.