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Campbell restaurant worker recounts encounter with robber

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CAMPBELL, Ohio - Ryan Dickerson told 21 News how he disarmed a robber while he was working at the McDonald's on McCartney Road late Monday night.  

According to police, Alvin Ward was wearing a ski mask when he allegedly forced his way into the restaurant around closing time, placing a gun at the head of Dickerson's girlfriend, forcing her to open the safe.

Seeing the fear in the manager's face, Dickerson came to the rescue.

"He crouched down, started picking through the envelopes and there is a gun in his pocket with the handle sticking out," Dickerson said. "You could see my manager going, 'no, no, don't do' it because I'm looking at it and she sees that I'm about to do something stupid."

Dickerson grabbed the weapon out of the suspect's pocket; only then did he realize the gun was nothing more than a toy cap pistol.

But the threat was real, and Dickerson grabbed the suspect and held onto him as best he could until police arrived.

"Because he realizes he can't get loose because I wasn't letting go. He starts pleading. He's like 'you got to let me go. I've got a 4-year-old and my rents due on the first, I need this,'" Dickerson said.

The suspect did break free, but was captured by police about one mile from the crime scene due to an accurate description of him provided by Dickerson and his co-workers.
Campbell interim Police Chief Andrew Rauzan praised Dickerson as a hero but cautioned him and others in similar positions.

"In the future it's just money and your life, your girlfriend's life, is not worth the real risk of that being a real gun" Rauzan said. "But I definitely would do whatever I can for Ryan at this point because he is definitely a grassroots hero in my eyes."


 

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