Dunkin’ Donuts Worker Stops Robbery With Hot Coffee

Employee said she told the fleeing robber, "Go run on Dunkin.'"

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    When a man tried to rob a Dunkin' Donuts in West Haven, an employee acted quickly and stopped him with the closest weapon available hot coffee.

    A quick-thinking worker at a Connecticut Dunkin' Donuts threw hot coffee at a man who tried to climb through the drive-through window to rob the store, telling him "go run on Dunkin'" as he fled.

    The would-be robber pulled up to the window in West Haven at about 11 p.m. Saturday night and asked the clerk for change for a $100 bill, according to Sgt. David Tammaro, of the West Haven Police Department.

    When the clerk refused to make the change, the man announced he was robbing the store and tried to climb through the window, police said.

    "He rushed himself, tried to get out of his car. That’s when I realized he was serious. I tried to close the window. He put his arm in it. He knew not to touch, because he knew there would be fingerprints," said Angelica, the Dunkin' Donuts worker who did not want to give her last name.

    That's when she threw hot coffee in the man’s face, police said.

    "I did see his coffee that I made him, so I looked at (it) quick, threw him the first one. Looked at the pots of coffee and threw the pot of coffee at him. That’s when he started running into his truck and then he left, and I said, 'Go run on Dunkin.'"

    And he did. The man fled the area in a newer model white Ford Explorer, without stealing anything, police said.