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An Escondido store manager takes matters into his own hands

By Jacques Spitzer
|  Saturday, Oct 10, 2009  |  Updated 6:00 PM PDT
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An Escondido store manager takes matters into his own hands

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An Escondido store manager stared down the barrel of a rifle before he decided to take matters into his own hands.

Rodolfo Evaristo, 40, told the North County Times that all he could feel was fear when a robber pointed a rifle at him Friday morning at his store, Lopez Market, on West El Norte Parkway.

The robber demanded cash and Evaristo put his hands up and begged the man not to shoot. Without getting any money, the robber tried to run out the back door and when he took one hand off the gun to try and push the locked door open, Evaristo told the paper he decided to make his move. He was able to wrestle the rifle away from the would-be robber who then unlocked the door and ran to a Jetta parked behind the store.

Evaristo was able to write down the license plate number, which led police to arrest Jose Zardon, 47, of Escondido, who according to the paper is being held on suspicion of armed robbery and assault with a deadly weapon.
 

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