Staff at a supermarket in Sakai City were able to disarm and subdue a gun-toting man early Wednesday morning, with parts of the unsuccessful robbery captured on in-store cameras, police said.
The man entered the 24-hour supermarket at around 1 a.m. Wednesday morning wearing a black jumper and pointed a gun at an employee behind the counter. The man demanded he hand over cash, but the worker told him to wait several times. The armed man became impatient and attempted to open the cash register himself, activating an alarm. The employee behind the counter grabbed the man’s arms, while another staff member grabbed the man from behind, and together they held him down until police arrived.
Police arrested the 47-year-old unemployed man for attempted robbery, and said the weapon confiscated was an air gun. Police said the supermarket was robbed of 500,000 yen by a knife-wielding man in December and that staff had attended a crime-prevention training course last month.
Police also said that an eyewitness reported seeing a car speed off outside the store shortly after the alarm went off, and are searching for the vehicle.© News reports