In San Antonio, Texas, a thug believed that he had devised the perfect plan to rob an IHOP restaurant and grab some quick cash. However, moments after he began to steal from the register, his plan began to crumble. In fact, he was met by a waiter who had overheard him and immediately unleashed his “secret weapon,” giving the thieving thug exactly what he deserved for his crime.
Elijah Arnold, a waiter at the International House of Pancakes (IHOP), was opening the restaurant early one morning when he suddenly heard something happening at the register. He quickly rushed to see what the commotion was all about and immediately took action when he realized a thug had broken in and was attempting to rob the register.
“I just heard the register popping,” Arnold explained, according to Fox News. “I stepped out and looked, and there he was, pulling the register out and everything, so I just took off, my instinct kicked in, and I took off full speed at him.” However, what the thug could never have anticipated was Arnold’s secret weapon – he’s a third-degree black belt in the martial arts.
The surveillance video shows Arnold immediately tackling the man to the ground. As the thug tried to escape, Arnold used his martial arts skills to grab onto the thug’s foot and hold him hostage in his own robbery attempt. However, before Arnold was able to completely pin the man down, the thug was able to hit him square in the face with a crowbar.
Eventually, Arnold heard the thug begging for mercy while he was trapped. “He tries to start apologizing and, ‘man I’m so sorry. I know I hit you,’” Arnold recalled the thief begging. “’I know I’m trying to steal your money, but just give it to me. I need it really bad,’ and everything like that.”
Although the waiter was able to hold the robber down until the police arrived, he admits that he was sympathetic to the thief. “Two weeks ago, I wasn’t working. I was homeless,” he explained. Apparently, he had just returned to work at IHOP after a four-year-stretch away, after he hit a hiccup in life and just now has been able to return. “That was my money in the register,” Arnold said, according to NY Daily News. “It was my manager’s money in the register. And it was my IHOP’s money in the register. And I’m not going to let anybody take that.”
After the suspect was apprehended, Arnold received nothing but praise from his managers at IHOP. “They just congratulated me and said thank you,” Arnold said. “That was the biggest thing that I could have was the thank you from my managers.” Unfortunately, police learned that two other men were accomplices to the thug who are still being sought. If you watch the video closely, you can see one of them wearing blue, as they fled the scene.
I think it’s safe to say that this particular thug and his buddies will think twice before deciding to rob someone again. Clearly, they weren’t prepared to have someone try to stop them, much less someone with a black belt. If these punks needed money so badly, they should try putting in applications for employment, not robbing employers. Let this serve as a lesson to anyone who’s thinking about committing a crime – don’t. You just might find yourself behind bars because someone with a black belt kicked you back to reality.