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Belmont Market manager holds would-be robber at gunpoint

Published: Thursday, October 13, 2016 @ 1:48 PM
Updated: Thursday, October 13, 2016 @ 11:13 PM
By: Breaking News Staff

UPDATE @ 6:30 p.m.

A suspect pulled out a note demanding money, and the store manager pulled out a gun this afternoon in an exchange captured on video.

Belmont Market manager Hassan Khan said he knew something was suspicious. The suspect waited until the store was empty then walked up to the counter wearing sunglasses, a hooded sweatshirt and gloves, even though it was warm and sunny outside.

“Once everybody leaves this guy comes up to the counter. He passes the note. It’s in really bad handwriting so I can’t make it out. I ask him ‘what does it say?’ and he says “give me whatever you got to get the register before anybody gets hurt.’” Khan said.

At this point, Khan — who is licensensed to carry a firearm — quickly moves to the side and grabs his own handgun from behind the counter.

“So I said OK, show me something. He says ‘no, you don’t want to get hurt.’ So I got to the side. I pull my weapon out. … As he sees my gun he tried to leave the store, at that point I realize he does not have anything and he is bluffing,” Khan said.

The video shows Khan run to the entrance, lock the doors and hold the suspect at gunpoint while an employee calls 911. When police arrive with guns drawn, they order the suspect on the ground with his hands behind his head and then he is handcuffed and led away.

Although police did not identify the suspect, 19-year-old Devin Cupp was arrested at the Belmont Market and booked on suspicion of robbery into the Montgomery County Jail. He is scheduled to be arraigned Friday afternoon, online jail records show.

“It’s a very good neighborhood,” Khan said. “The people who come here are excellent, so we don’t want to see anything stupid happening in our neighborhood.”

UPDATE @ 2:10 p.m.

The owner of Belmont Market said he was able to hold a would-be robber at gunpoint until police arrived.

The suspect was taken into custody by Dayton police at the store, 344 Watervliet Ave.

FIRST REPORT

Police were called to a report of a robbery in progress this afternoon at the Belmont Market in Dayton.

The incident was reported around 1:40 p.m. at the convenience store at 344 Watervliet Ave. According to initial reports, the store employee held the would-be robber at gunpoint until police arrived.

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