Customer nabs gunman

Friday, August 8th 2008, 2:16 pm
By: News 9

Staff and wire reports

TULSA, Okla. -- A Tulsa mechanic, who fought with a gun-wielding man during an attempted robbery of a grocery store, said he at first thought the robbery was a prank.

The whole incident was caught on video.

American Airlines mechanic Craig Stutzman ended up fighting with a man in a Batman mask who tried to rob the Food Pyramid grocery store late Thursday.

Police said Stutzman tackled the robber and fought with him all through the store and outside into the parking lot where he held him until Tulsa Police arrived.

The incident occurred at the Food Pyramid near 51 Street and Memorial about 11:30 p.m.

Police said the robber came in with a gun and his face covered urging customers and store employees to the front of the store.

According to police, one customer bent down, causing the gunman to fire a shot that barely missed the customer's head. The robber's gun allegedly jammed and Stutzman came across to tackle him.

"There's an alert customer in who takes that opportunity to defend all the others in the store and he attacks the gunman, the suspect and they fight throughout the store," said Tulsa Police Sgt. Dave Walker.

The Good Samaritan has a broken jaw and a cut on his head.

Tulsa Police arrested 38-year-old Tony Cleveland. He was booked into the jail on complaints of attempted robbery, shooting with intent to kill and assault.

Robbery detectives are looking at the previous robberies of Food Pyramids for similarities and possible additional charges.