Two teenage boys are being praised after tackling a gun-wielding man to the ground at a western Sydney pizza shop.
The two boys, aged 16 and 13, were congratulated for their ‘stupidity and bravery’ on Saturday morning after thwarting the hold-up attempt on Friday night.
West Sydney Pizza and Pasta manager Anna Chand said she was washing up dishes at about 10pm as the store was closing when the man walked through the back door of the Mount Druitt business.
She said 16-year-old Cameron Candy was mopping the floor while a 13-year-old boy who cannot be identified for legal reasons was also in the store.
‘I turned around and he was holding a gun with two hands just pointing it directly at me,’ the mother-of-two said, according to The Daily Telegraph.
‘I froze and put my hands up. I was saying, ‘I’ll go get the money’,’ she said.
She said the two boys then bravely ‘acted on instinct’ and lunged at the man, who was disguised in a blue surgical mask, and wrestled him onto the ground in moments.
The teenagers then restrained the man until police arrived, even handing his car keys over to Ms Chand who said the boys had protected her and were her heroes.
Cameron said he was talking to Ms Chand when the intruder busted into the pizza shop which left him stunned at first.
‘I froze for about five seconds then chucked the container of bleach at him. I just acted on my instincts. I’m not a hero, I was just trying to protect my manager.’
Owner of the business Peter Bullivant said this had been the first robbery attempt in the 20 years he has owned the store and he was extremely proud of the two youngsters.
A 47-year-old man from Cranebrook has been charged with attempted robbery while armed with a dangerous weapon and is understood to have briefly fronted Parramatta Bail Court on Saturday.
Acting Inspector Ross from Mount Druitt Police commended the boys for their bravery in performing a citizen’s arrest.
He added a warning, however, that he would not encourage the public to put their safety at risk by taking matter into their own hands in these types of situations.