Pizza shop owner turns tables on robbers

Published On: Aug 20 2013 03:02:43 PM EDT   Updated On: Aug 21 2013 11:26:15 AM EDT

A pizza shop owner in Connecticut turned the tables on a pair of robbery suspects who got greedy.

Carmine Watkins, 18, and his 17-year-old accomplice are accused of robbing the Pizza Heaven II restaurant in New Haven at gunpoint last weekend.

But rather than leave with the money they already had from the cash register and owner Erdol Sahin's pocket, they demanded more, police told New Haven TV station WTIC.

The masked men, one tall and skinny and holding a rifle, the other shorter and of average build, ordered Sahin into his office, according police.

As Sahin backed into his office, he grabbed his own gun, surprising the man with the rifle, who fell back and dropped his weapon.

"Mr. Sahin took advantage of the fumble and grabbed the robber's rifle," New Haven police officer David Hartman told WTIC. "When he realized it was only a pellet rifle, he chased the two robbers out of the store, swinging it at them."

Watkins and his accomplice outran Sahin, but were arrested about 20 minutes later in front of one of their homes, police said.

They have both been charged with first-degree robbery, second-degree larceny and conspiracy.


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