(THUNDER BAY, ON) – TRCCTB Was at the courthouse this morning, enjoying a cigarette when a Caucasian lady approached me asking for a smoke, we handed her one and was just about to hand her a lighter when she started screaming.
At first I was confused because she was screaming across Miles street for someone to “put my bag down”.
I noticed a male had two backpacks on and was walking away. I started to walk towards him and asked him to release her bag. He dropped the bag and kicked it, then started walking towards me aggressively mumbling something about a gun.
The woman backed off, but I knew there was going to be a good story here, so I continued to approach her bag. I pulled out my cell phone and made the call to 911.
Once the male heard me ask for police assistance, he started to walk away.
Suddenly another male started yelling and approaching me from behind. I wasn’t sure if he was yelling at me or the other man.
He identified himself as the woman’s husband and ran right up to the suspect.
It was at this point the suspect turned around and pulled out a gun, pointing it at the ladies husband and myself.
As I was still on the phone with 911, I told them “he’s got a gun”.
Police arrived within 20 seconds, as the male was attempting to flee down a back alley.
Police quickly apprehended the male without incident as he shouted “I didn’t do anything” and “I didn’t rob her”.
A quick search of the area turned up an air soft handgun.
The male was detained by police.
A total of 5 police cruisers arrived on the scene in the fastest response time I’ve ever experienced, less than 2 minutes. I hung up with the 911 operator once police arrived on scene.
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