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Police: Armed, masked man's robbery attempt at Springfield store thwarted by citizen

Springfield Police officers responded to a reported armed robbery at the Dari Mart at 220 B St. in Springfield around 10:40 p.m. Tuesday. A customer placed the suspect in a choke hold; the robber got away before police arrived. (SBG)

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. -- A fast-acting Good Samaritan helped thwart an attempted robbery at a Springfield store, police said.

Springfield Police officers responded to a reported armed robbery at the Dari Mart at 220 B St. in Springfield around 10:40 p.m. Tuesday.

Police said a masked man armed with a handgun entered the store and demanded money, according to reports.

"While employees began making movements to comply with his demands, a heroic citizen approached the suspect from behind and took the suspect to the ground using a choke hold," the report said.

There was a brief struggle between the two before the suspect fled on foot, police said.

"Officers arrived within a minute of receiving the call, but were unable to locate the suspect who possibly ran westbound out of the store," Springfield Police said.

No one was injured and nothing was stolen due to the intervention by the citizen, police said.

Lt. Scott McKee said police appreciate the bystander taking action - but they also don’t recommend intervening if you can’t defend yourself.

"It's happening right now, so you have a decision to make," McKee said. "You can either be a witness, leave or intervene. And this guy decided to intervene and he got the jump on this man with the gun."

That could have tragic consequences.

"If you're intervening in a robbery where someone's armed with a handgun and you don't have the means to protect yourself, you could end up becoming a casualty," McKee said. "Thankfully it didn't end that way here, and he is a very good witness, and I think we are on the trail of some leads."

Anyone with information is asked to contact detectives at (541) 726-3714

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