After sharing now-viral leaked footage of her heroism, an Illinois Subway sandwich shop worker named Araceli Sotelo valiantly fought back against an armed robber, hitting him with his own gun, only to be suspended, she said.
On Sept. 5, Araceli Sotelo was recorded on tape screaming for help and begging a hooded robber to stop assaulting her while working alone at a Rockford branch.
She is around 25-28 years old.
Shop Worker Araceli Sotelo Fight Back To Armed Robber
She said to the WTVO, “He kind of just showed me his gun, and I was like freaking out,”
“[He said] ‘give me all the money … give me everything before I hurt you,’”
Sotelo finally struck back after at least a minute of pleading with her assailant, striking and pushing him and attempting to put him in a standing headlock, according to the video.
According to Sotelo, who spoke to a local broadcaster, “He was smaller than me, so I have that advantage … I could at least put my weight on him, push him, or something,”
ROCKFORD, Ill. (WTVO) – A local Subway worker has been suspended after defending herself during an attempted robbery. The incident happened Sunday morning at the restaurant located at 1120 East State Street. Subway employee Araceli Sotelo said she was scared for her life! 👀👂🏾 pic.twitter.com/G8ONnxXaiJ
Her mom said, “Her manager has now suspended her from work leaving her without a job after she heroically defended the store,”
Subway refused to confirm or deny if Sotelo had been suspended, or to explain why, to The Washington Post. In a statement, the fast-food behemoth only said it was “deeply concerned” about the recent event at a franchised shop in Rockford, Illinois.
The company added, “The restaurant owner and management are fully cooperating with the police investigation, and we request patience until that process is complete,”
The owner of the Rockford branch, according to WTVO, has similarly refused to reply to multiple calls for comment. The footage has been documented as evidence by police, who told the publication that they are still investigating.
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