WATCH: Former Marine Tackles Armed Suspect to Foil Robbery

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A former Marine working as a bartender in Altoona, Pennsylvania, tackled an armed suspect Tuesday and foiled a robbery.

Fox News reports that the incident occurred at Ajay’s Bar around 1:00 a.m.

The first of two surveillance videos shows the former Marine calmly retrieving money from the cash register while the suspect has him at gunpoint. Seconds later, the former Marine is seen bum-rushing the suspect, driving the suspect to the floor, and wrestling for the gun:

The second surveillance clip shows the former Marine taking the gun away from the suspect, then pistol whipping him/her before accidentally allowing escape.

The Altoona Mirror reports that police are still searching for the suspect, although they do not know whether the suspect is male or female.

Police indicate “the bartender held the robber at gunpoint but when he opened the front door to yell outside for someone to call 911, the robber got up off the floor and ran out a side door.”

Altoona Police Sgt. Matthew Plummer said the suspect “definitely picked the wrong bar at the wrong time.”

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