Video: Subway worker fights off robber with a spatula, knife

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NORTHWOODS, MO (KTVI) – It was a very bad night for a would-be robber in Northwoods.

Police are searching for a suspect who tried to rob a Subway store December 26 around 5:30pm at gunpoint, but was stopped short by an employee.

The dramatic showdown was all caught on tape.

In the surveillance video, take a look at the customer on the right side of the screen.

After everyone leaves, he places his order. But when it comes time to pay, the man shows a gun to the worker and demands money from the register.

The worker refuses and even points to the surveillance camera.

The would-be robber jumped over the counter and starts to fight with the worker outside of the view of the camera.

He even loses the gun during the fight.

After some time, the suspect emerges without his shirt or jacket, picks up the gun, climbs back over the counter and leaves, but not before the worker gets in a few jabs with a knife he’s holding.

Police say they believe this same suspect is also responsible for a US Bank robbery in St. Louis city on December 9m, and another bank robbery in Ferguson on December 19.

If you know who he is, call the Northwoods police department or Crimestoppers at 866-371-TIPS (8477).


  • nickname

    wow the gun was just sitting there on the floor I would have picked that up before the robber had a chance. I guess when you’re in the moment you react differently but I think I would definitely have made some different moves

  • R. Smith

    Its amazing how the police in that area can write traffic tickets in large amounts and sobriety checks all the time, that something like this can happen. Tell Norwoods police to get off Highway 70 writing tickets and do some real police work.

  • Nikki

    She did call police and stayed as a witness. Police responded in under 40 secs and later caught the robber and solved multiple other robberies for several other departments. And R. Smith, it’s NORTHWOODS NOT NORWOODS. Maybe that’s why you were confused.

  • ScoobyDoo

    Does this guy think Subway is going to hook him up for life if he’s permanently disabled? Give the robber the money and a foot long. It’s not worth your life.

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