Warning: Graphic Language
ATLANTA, GEORGIA — A man held another man at gunpoint after he tried to rob him by getting into his passenger seat as soon as his doors unlocked after he parked.
The armed citizen, Hashim Fannin, says that the incident happened as soon as he pulled into the parking lot of a Family Dollar store.
The suspect, 61-year-old Edgar Horn, opened the passenger side door and sat down.
“He told me, ‘You know what this,'” Fannin said. Not waiting to see what happens next, that’s when Fannin says he pulled his gun out.
“I asked him to get out the car, probably not in those exact words,” Fannin said.
“I told him no, there’s no leaving, leaving was before you hopped into my car … at this point there is not leaving,” Fannin said.
Fannin kept the suspect on the ground and at gunpoint until police arrived.
A bystander was recording the incident. When police arrived, you can see Fannin flag them down to alert them of their location. At that time, he places his firearm on the ground and away from him.
When police get out of their vehicle and approach everyone, one of the officers can be heard saying “Good job, man!” They walk up, and one officer immediately shakes Fannin’s hand.
Very shortly after this, and while the suspect is being handcuffed, the officer tells Fannin that he’s free to retrieve his firearm.
“Honestly, I look at it like this. That is one less guy I got to worry about bothering my mom when she’s out grocery shopping,” Fannin said.
According to a police report, the suspect was arrested for attempted robbery and entering an automobile.
Well done, Sir. Well done. This was a textbook example of how to handle a situation like this one.
This also isn’t the first time that Fannin has been on the news after an incident like this. On July 4th 2011, he was (almost) a victim of an attempted theft of an iPhone during a Craigslist transaction. As you can see from the video below, the suspect didn’t have a good time in this case, either.