Good Samaritans Help Nab Alleged Robber

By Megan Trent
By Cara Shirley
By Maureen Mespell

April 9, 2012 Updated Nov 11, 2013 at 12:45 AM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) - Good Samaritans help Fort Wayne Police arrest an attempted robber Wednesday near Southgate Plaza.

Just after 1:30 pm, police say James Howell walked into Chase Bank in the Southgate Plaza and slid a note under the bulletproof glass, demanding cash from the teller. Employees say since Howell did not display a weapon, they refused to hand over any money. Police say Howell then left empty-handed.

Police say Howell then immediately went a few doors down to Belmont Beverage. A clerk there had reportedly just finished and had the cash register open. Police say Howell hit the woman several times in the chest and grabbed some cash from her drawer.

Police say Howell dashed down Pettit Avenue, as another female clerk followed him out, yelling "we've just been robbed". That's when two men stepped in to help.

"Two good samaritans, two young men in their twenties, stopped the perpetrator as police were arriving and held him for police. They were able to grab ahold of him and hold him on the ground until police were able to cuff him up," said Officer Scott Tegtmeyer.

Police say the Belmont Beverage clerk was not hurt very badly during the robbery.

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