Couple takes down armed robber with bottle of sparking cider

Couple takes down armed robber with bottle of sparking cider

SPOKANE, Wash. - A car prowler was stopped in his tracks Tuesday night when a couple detained him while they waited for police to arrive.

Officers were called to the area near 29th Avenue and Howard Street just before 10 p.m. Stacey Ellis reported that she noticed a light on in one of her cars and realized a man was inside another one of the family's vehicles. She called for her husband, Gerald Ellis, and quickly called 911.

The man took off running, but Gerald, who was a track star at the University of Oregon, caught him and wrestled the man to the ground. Police say the suspect, Samual A. Clopton, 35, pulled out a handgun and fired a shot, but Stacey disarmed him by hitting Clopton over the head with a bottle of sparkling cider. But it turns out the gun was actually a BB gun.

Police quickly arrived on scene and arrested Clopton. He was taken to the hospital for minor injuries and was booked into the Spokane County Jail for one count of First Degree Robbery.

The Spokane Police Department says they don't encourage people to confront criminals, but say the couple did well in this situation.