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Teen fights off robber at Dothan Dairy Queen

DOTHAN (AP) — A gunman looking to rob a Dothan Dairy Queen got a fistful of cash, but not in the way he intended.

The would-be robber encountered a 17-year-old supervisor in the restaurant's back office as she counted money that had been taken in for the day. When he pointed the gun at her, she pushed it away and began fighting — all with a bundle of bills clinched in her hand.

"I think she's very brave. The guy comes in with a pistol and puts it in her face," restaurant owner Phillip Gradic said.

"She came up out of the chair and like to have knocked him to the ground. She swatted the gun down several times. It's ironic because she grabbed a wad of cash that he had come to steal that was balled up in her fist and was beating him with it," he said.

Johnathan Mills, a manager at the restaurant, said Wednesday the name of the teen was not being made public. But her Monday night heroics were captured on the store's surveillance video.

She suffered minor cuts and bruises to her neck and head in the fight. Gradic said she was treated and released at Southeast Alabama Medical Center.

"She's a little sore from the fight, but she's a tough young lady," Gradic said.

Mills said the teenager originally thought the robbery was a joke and that was why she acted so fearlessly to fight the gunman off.

He said she has worked at the restaurant for about four months and has left town to visit relatives in Missouri while on temporary leave from work.

"She's shaken up, but she's doing better," Mills said.

He added that he wasn't surprised about her actions. "She's very assertive," he said.


Information from: The Dothan Eagle

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