Richmond: Mini-market clerk, patron take down armed robber


The tables were turned on a man who tried to rob a convenience store in Richmond at gunpoint early Wednesday morning when a worker and customer wrestled his gun away and held him until police arrived.

The man entered the Arco AM/PM market at 12890 San Pablo Ave. around 1:40 a.m., pointed a revolver at the store clerk and demanded cash, Richmond police spokeswoman Sgt. Nicole Abetkov said.

Instead of complying, the clerk grabbed the suspect’s gun and began wrestling the man over it, Abetkov said.

Seeing what was happening, the lone patron in the store at the time tackled the suspect. The clerk was then able to retrieve the gun and hold the man down until police arrived about five minutes later, Abetkov said.

Officers arrived on the scene and arrested the suspect, identified as 50-year-old Michael Corbin, a local transient known to frequent both Richmond and Pinole, the sergeant said.

He was booked into county jail on suspicion of attempted armed robbery.

Abetkov said that while the clerk’s quick action led to Corbin’s arrest, the risk move could have led to a much different outcome.

“It was fortunate that it ended the way that it did and we got someone who obviously was going to be an issue for the public in custody,” she said.

Police are reviewing footage of the incident captured on a store surveillance camera.

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