Monday, December 10, 2012

CA:Armed Citizen Secures Crime Scene until Police Arrive

Hundreds of Saturday afternoon customers at a Sacramento shopping center witnessed a tense three-hour standoff at a Jack in the Box restaurant, which ended with a robbery suspect shot by Sacramento police sharpshooters.


Dan Escamilla had just sat down to lunch at El Festival taqueria behind the Jack in the Box. A bail agent from Orange County, he was visiting the area in search of a violent felony fugitive.

Still wearing her headset from the drive-through window, a female Jack in the Box employee rushed into the taqueria and said the nearby restaurant was being robbed, Escamilla said.

"The (woman) came into the restaurant yelling, 'There's a guy with a gun and he's inside the Jack in the Box right now,' " Escamilla said. "So I ran and got my gun and my (protective) vest (from the car) to see if there was something that I could do to help."


Just as he reached the back entrance to the Jack in the Box, a second woman - another restaurant employee - burst out and told him the robber had put a gun in her mouth.

"I told her to get out of there quick," Escamilla said.

The bail agent then secured the back door until police arrived about two minutes later.

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