Video of a pathetic robbery attempt has gone viral this week and it's kind of hard to watch. Last year, a man entered a Houston business with the intent to rob it. He got locked inside instead and ended up begging to be set free. He even tried to shoot his way out.
The suspect got locked inside the business, thanks to a quick-thinking employee, Houston police said in a statement. The video, released by the police department, shows attempted robber John Bell, 22, whining.
"I'm stuck," he exclaimed.
The clip details his panic.
“I’m going to jail,” he said. Then, he pleaded with someone outside to let him out.
“Please. Please. Please. I’m sorry. Please.”
Not long before he begs to be let out, Bell can be seen trying to shoot the door handle off. He also tried to open the door by throwing his body against it.
Eventually, he was let out but he wasn’t set free. Bell later pleaded guilty to aggravated robbery, the police statement said. He was sentenced to five years behind bars.
Katrina Leon, the store’s employee who locked him in, was credited with thwarting the robbery.
“As soon as he entered and he just pointed the gun at me, and I knew instantly I’m getting robbed again, but this time I didn’t open the cash register,” she told ABC News. “I just locked him in, because when you lock the door outside, from the inside you can’t open it, so I knew he wasn’t going to be able to open it,” Leon said.
On Wednesday, people shared the cringe-worthy video. On Facebook, it has been shared thousands of times.
[Photo: Houston Police Robbery Division]