Woman speaks out after chasing armed robber
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (WSVN) -- An armed robber is on the run after holding up a Walgreens drug store, and the Good Samaritan who tried to stop him is now speaking.
Emese Kiss knew she had to stop chasing a robber through the parking lot of a Fort Lauderdale Walgreens when he pulled a gun on her. "I had to back down because I didn't know if it was real. I didn't know if he was gonna shoot, me but my first response was I want him bad but not as bad as my daughter."
"I jumped in my vehicle. I ran inside my vehicle. Hurried up, slammed the door. Reversed, drove and ran after him," Kiss explained. "Turned right, went left, went straight, and I blocked him off, and as I blocked him off, I see him from the window. He was holding a gun and pointing it right at me."
At around 6:30 a.m. on Tuesday, a man seen on surveillance video walked into the Walgreens located on Federal Highway. Kiss entered the store moments later.
The man attempted to pay for an item, and when the clerk opened the cash register, he hopped over the counter and started grabbing cash
"All of a sudden I heard, 'Aye, help!' and then I turned around, grabbed by handbag. I saw the guy run and before you know it I turned around and started running after the guy," said Kiss.
As the suspect ran out the front door, Kiss hopped into her car and chased the suspect.
Police appreciate Kiss' efforts to stop a crime, but they do not recommend anyone to go after a robber. "We do not recommend any member of the community putting someone's life in danger, but we understand when they do because it's their natural instinct to respond that way," said Fort Lauderdale Police Detective Deanna Greenlaw.
Kiss said she would do it again if she was faced in the same situation. "I had to, I want to do it," she said.
The suspect is being described as a black male, approximately 30 years old, standing 5 feet 11 inches tall, wearing a red and blue-checkered shirt and jean pants. Detectives were told that the suspect fled in a compact silver sedan, possibly a Honda or Hyundai.
If you have any information on this armed robbery, call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a reward.
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