NEW SARPY, LA (WVUE) - A man trying to rob Bud's Broiler got a big surprise Sunday when employees tackled him.
Surveillance cameras rolled as a man identified by police as 43-year-Ismael "Mike" Naranjo casually walked into Bud's Broiler on City Park Avenue implying he had a gun and demanding money from the register.
"My employees responded in a unique way - not the way that I tell them to respond," General Manager Melvin Ziegler said.
Two Bud's Broiler workers took matters into their own hands, hitting and tackling Naranjo until he fled the store
"I think the fact that it worked out this time is great, but it's a little scary because the last thing you want is a shoot-up in a restaurant," customer Betsy Clement said.
"Most of the time, in most cases, victims are going to be at a disadvantage," LSU criminologist George Capowich said.
Even as Capowich pointed out the danger, but there was speculation that some would-be victims might be more tempted to get involved after recent high-profile incidents. Just this past weekend, an Uptown homeowner opened fire on a man trying to break into his car after the suspect attacked the homeowner with a stick. Last month, Tulane medical student Peter Gold tried to intervene when he saw a woman being dragged down St. Mary Street. He ended up getting shot.
Capowich predicts we'll hear more, similar stories.
"I wouldn't be surprised, particularly with people calling for more concealed weapons permits for use in self-defense," he said.
The two Bud's Broiler employees used their hands to thwart Ismael Naranjo and a potted plant one of the men threw into the passenger-side window of Naranjo's pick-up truck while trying to stop him. While it's not what the store's general manager advises, he's thankful everything worked out.
"They got all the money back and after looking at the mug shot of the guy that did the crime, he definitely came out on the wrong end of the stick on that one," Ziegler said.
Naranjo was found by police a few hours later, sitting in his pick-up truck on Howard Avenue bleeding from the head. Investigators believe he may be connected to other robberies in the NOPD's Third District.