Wendy's Customer Smacks Thief In The Head With Wooden Chair, Stops Christmas Robbery

"I don't want this to turn into somebody's Christmas memorial," said the customer who thwarted the robbery.

By Gina Tron

A man tried to rob a Wendy’s in Yuba City, California on Christmas night. Wearing a pillowcase over his head, he pulled out a large kitchen knife and demanded money from a cashier.

That’s when a customer, who has been identified only as Daniel, heroically stepped in. He took a wooden chair from the fast-food restaurant and smashed it over the robber’s head.

"My first thought was, 'What's this guy gonna do?'" Daniel told  KTXL. "And when I saw the knife I thought, 'Look at all these people in here. I don't want this to turn into somebody's Christmas memorial.' And yeah, it was about that time, I took a couple steps with that big chair in my hand and brought it down on his head."

According to the Sacramento Bee, the suspect fell to the ground, but soon regained his composure. He ran out outside to an old white sedan, where his getaway driver was waiting for him. Then, the pair sped off.

“I’m sure it didn’t feel good,” Yuba City Police Department Lt. Jim Runyen said of the chair attack. “He [the suspect] didn’t even try to continue what he was doing.”

Police generally do not encourage people to step in during a robbery. Daniel, however, says he was trained as a security police officer while in the Air Force.

The would-be robber, who didn’t get any cash from the incident, has not been identified. Police are looking to the public for help. He is described as a man with a slight build. He was wearing a dark long-sleeve shirt or sweatshirt at the time of the attempted robbery. The getaway car has been described as a white 1990s to 2000s sedan. It might be a Honda. Anyone with information is urged to call Yuba City police at 530-822-4660.  

"If anybody out there knows a friend who got a gash on the head last night, that was probably the culprit," Daniel said.

[Photo: Yuba City Police Department]

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