Video: Store owner locks alleged robber inside store


(CNN) – The owner of a clothing store in California locked an alleged robber inside the store on Tuesday. A surveillance camera captured the scene.

Steve Han, store owner said “he almost stealed it.”

An alleged robber locked inside a clothing store desperately trying to break out. Here’s how it happened according to Steve Han, the owner of mix-and-match clothing boutique in San Bernardino.

Han says the knife-wielding robber entered his store Tuesday afternoon.

Steve Han said “I felt something uncomfortable to him so I’m watching him.”

The suspect is seen on camera grabbing clothes, then Han says he threatened him with a weapon.

Han said “after he showed me the knife, I don’t how I could protect him myself.”

Han walked out and locked the doors behind him. The alleged robber was stuck inside. At one point, he throws a wooden block at the window to try and shatter the glass.

Reporter: “But he couldn’t break the window?”

Han: “No. It was lucky.”

Meanwhile, Mr. Han is screaming for help.

“Surveillance started to flag me down.” Security guard, Kevin Hawkins, came to his aid.

By that time, the alleged robber had kicked down a back door and made his way out.

Hawkins said “he actually came back to get his bike. At that time, he had a knife in his hand. I got rid of the knife. We had a little bit of a struggle. I didn’t get any help from a lot of people, but people were taking pictures and videos.”

“We were just struggling and pushing and shoveling.”

The former police officer was able to get a hold of him.

Hawkins said “my training just kicked in.”

Han said “he grabbed him until police came. Wow, I was very thankful.”

Police took the man into custody. Hawkins was not hurt. He saw the video later.

Hawkins said “He was like, I don’t want to use the term ‘a caged animal,’ but that’s how he was acting.”

His actions helped stop the suspect from getting away, but he doesn’t want any credit.

Reporter: “You don’t think you’re a hero?”

Hawkins: “Not at all.”

Han: “I could say hero.”

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