MIDLOTHIAN, TX – A Mansfield firefighter and former Marine took down an armed robber with his bare hands, and it was all caught on camera at a Midlothian gas station. And now, Daniel Gaskey is being hailed as a hero.
The robbery took place June 26 at the Exxon Oasis Food Store on 9th Street in Midlothian, according to Midlothian Police Sgt. Nick Harp.
Security video captured the incident, showing Gaskey standing at the counter getting ready to pay when a white male, wearing a black mask and red and black jacket, enters and shoves him aside. Gaskey, at first, moves back and puts his hand in the air, apparently mistaking the man, identified by police as Dylan Bearden, for an impatient customer.
Police say Bearden demanded money from the clerk as he showed a fixed blade knife; the security video shows Gaskey reacting and leaping forward, pulling Bearden to the ground, taking the knife from him, and holding him until police arrive. Bearden has been charged with Aggravated Robbery.
Mansfield Fire Chief Barry Bondurant confirmed Gaskey as the man in the video. Gaskey is a former Marine and has been with the Mansfield Fire Department a little over a year.
Never cut in line. And don’t mess with Texas, especially the firefighters.