A business owner in Tennessee was wheelchair bound when two robbers came into his store, but because he had a gun the crime was stopped and the two crooks will be charged for their crimes.
Alcoa, Tennessee police are saying that the jewelry businessman did a good job of holding 2 robber suspects at gunpoint until they were able to arrive on the scene.
Steven Grant Cash, 21, of Maryville, and Jordan Michael Echols, 24, of Maryville entered the Tennessee jewelry store on Wednesday just before closing time. Cash went to the restroom while Echols went to the counter to discuss some merchandise in the store.
Cash came out of the restroom a few minutes later with a jacket hood over his head and a mask on his face. Cash then jumped over the counter and went into the office, taking the store’s money bag.
Store owner Danny Malone, who is in a wheelchair, ordered Cash to stop as he fled the store. When Cash did not stop, Malone shot him in the stomach. He then held Echols at gunpoint until police arrived at the scene.
Cash is in critical condition at UT Medical Center. Echols is bing held without bond at the Blount County Jail.
According to WATE.com, no charges have been filed against Malone, but the case is still being investigated.
Alcoa police say it took them less than a minute to arrive at the store.
“One of the suspects entered the store and distracted the store owner. The other suspect entered moments later, concealed himself with a mask or a hood. He goes across into the back room, retrieves the money and comes out,” said Sanders, describing what happened just before the store owner fired a shot with his handgun.
Police say a traumatic event like this could happen to any business owner.
“On a daily basis from the minute they open their doors to the minute they close their doors this possibility exists that someone could come in and do this,” said Sanders.
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