Subway employee says she’s suspended after fighting off robber

An Illinois Subway employee fought off an armed robber and claims she’s being punished for it

A Subway restaurant employee says she’s been suspended from her job shortly after a video of her fighting off a robber went viral.

Araceli Sotelo of Rockford, Illinois, thwarted a robbery attempt on Sept. 5, 2021, according to leaked security camera footage that was first shared with the public from RockfordScanner.com — a local news outlet that routinely reports on police blotters.

The video, which is timestamped at around 10:38 a.m., shows Sotelo fend off a robber who entered the store and walked directly behind the sandwich counter. As a scuffle between the two continued outside the employee-only section, the unknown assailant dropped his gun and Sotelo quickly retrieved it.

Before the video cuts off, the robber can be seen trying to get his gun back while he has Sotelo’s purse in hand.


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