Yuma, AZ Veteran Singlehandedly Disarmed Would-be Robber.”The Marine Corps Taught Me Not to Mess Around”


The Marine Corps taught him not to mess around alright. And he didn’t. The juvenile suspect never had a chance as the Marine Corps veteran in Yuma, Arizona took care of the would-be robber within a second of a gun being deployed. When the headlines read “singlehandedly” it was the truth. With one hand he grabbed te gun and tackled the suspect to the ground.

UPDATE: The USMC veteran was identified as James Kelcer.

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The Marine Corps veteran was standing in line at a local Chevron station in Yuma when two juveniles entered the convenience store. When one displayed a handgun, the veteran had him disarmed in literally seconds and held him for police. The veteran, whose name was not released, told police the Corps taught him not to “mess around.” He learned his lessons well.

The incident occurred at 0430 a.m. on October 20 in Yuma, Arizona. There were no injuries in the incident.

The Yuma County /Sheriff’s Office reported the incident, as did numerous other Facebook users. It was a popular post.

A Marine Corps veteran was caught on surveillance footage stopping an armed robber with his bare hands at a gas station in Arizona on Wednesday.

In video of the incident, the Marine is seen standing inside a Chevron gas station in Yuma, Arizona, located at 10747 E. North Frontage Road when a masked individual entered the store carrying a handgun, followed close behind by another masked suspect. A third suspect is seen just outside the door.

“The armed suspect walked next to a store customer while pointing the weapon toward the cashier when the customer acted immediately and disarmed him,” Tania Pavlak, Public Affairs Specialist for the Yuma County Sheriff’s Office, wrote in a post on Facebook.“

The other two suspects fled the area when they witnessed their fellow criminal stopped. The customer was able to detain the suspect he disarmed until law enforcement arrived,” the post continued.

The masked suspect who was detained during the attempted robbery was a juvenile, local law enforcement said. The individual was booked at the Yuma County Juvenile Justice Center for one count of armed robbery and one count of aggravated assault.

The remaining suspects have not been caught and the case remains under investigation. Deputies contacted the customer who said he had previously served in the United States Marine Corps. When asked how he managed to stop the armed robber, the Marine responded, “The Marine Corps taught me not to [mess] around.”

“Anyone with information regarding this case, please contact the Yuma County Sheriff’s Office at 928-783-4427 or 78-CRIME to remain anonymous,” authorities said. “You can also visit our website at www.yumacountysheriff.org to submit an anonymous tip.”

The Marine veteran displayed absolutely no hesitation, which likely took the kid by surprise. And in this kind of situations, surprise is an exceptional tactic. But then, so is being a Marine that doesn’t “mess around.”


Featured photo: screenshots from surveillance video

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