Huddle House Robbery Foiled by Patron: Surveillance Video
A local man who broke up an attempted robbery in Alexandria last Wednesday night with his bare hands was honored today as Calhoun County’s "Crimestopper of the Year." Officials this morning released video taken from the surveillance cameras at the Huddle House in Alexandria that show what happened. At the bottom right of the screen you can see the robbery suspect asking for change from the cashier. While the cash drawer is open, he pushes the cashier to the ground and tries to grab some money. That’s when Justin Bolling jumps up from his booth and attempts to tackle the robber. As you can see, their scuffle moves from the cash register to the entrance of the Huddle House, and then out to the sidewalk in front of the building. After the two men get out of camera range, the suspect gets into a car and drives off, but not before Bolling is able to smash one of his car windows. Bolling received a severe cut on his hand as a result of the fight. At a ceremony this morning, Calhoun County Sheriff Larry Amerson gave Bolling the annual Crimestoppers award and praised him for taking decisive action to stop the robbery. Amerson said this quick action turned the tables on the would-be robber. After receiving the award, Bolling said that he made his decision to get involved as soon as he saw the suspect push the cashier to the floor. Bolling said he would not have taken such an active role in the incident if he had seen a gun or other weapon in the suspect’s hand. Even though the suspect did get away that night, he did not get far. Amerson says the man was soon identified by witnesses who noticed that he had a unique tattoo, which led to his arrest and confession.