Video: Armed Grocer Foils Easter Robbery In Defense of ‘Family’ And ‘Community’

Surveillance Video Screenshot
York, Pennsylvania

On April 5, a grocery store owner in York, Pennsylvania, pulled a gun and a foiled an armed robbery in defense of “family” and “community.”

The incident took place on Easter morning at Martinez Grocery, and the York Daily Record published surveillance video of it.

According to Fox 43, store owner Nicholas Martinez was behind the counter when two men–one allegedly armed with a gun and another with a knife–entered the store. The man with the knife allegedly “lunged” for a customer but missed him as the customer fled the business. The man with gun allegedly grabbed an employee “then force(d) him to the ground.”

While this was happening, Martinez retrieved his own gun from behind the counter and pointed at the robbers, who then fled the scene.

Police caught both suspects later, and both are now in the York County Prison on charges of “robbery and criminal conspiracy.”

After the incident, Martinez said that he keeps his for “for protection, for family and the business.” He said armed business owners are “a guarantee for more service to the community.”

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