Former Marine Halts Armed Robbery at a Yuma Gas Station

This former Marine fought crime by disarming an armed robber in Yuma. (Photo: Chevron/ Yuma County Sheriffs)

A former Marine serving in the USMC is being credited with stopping an armed robber in Yuma, Arizona this week. Surveillance footage from the gas station convenience store captured the incident that took place around 4:30 a.m. on Wednesday.

The attempted armed robbery happened at a Yuma Chevron station on October 20, 2021. Three suspects entered the station early in the morning, one of them armed with a handgun, only to be quickly confronted by the fast-acting Marine.

As the armed would-be robber pointed his gun at the cashier, the Marine disarmed the main suspect and held him down until police arrived to put the perp in custody. Unfortunately, the other two suspects were able to flee the scene after watching their gunman get taken down.

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The detained suspect is a juvenile and has been booked into the Yuma County Juvenile Justice Center for one count of armed robbery and one count of aggravated assault. No one is reporting any injuries resulting from the crimes.

When deputies asked the intervening customer how he was able to handle the situation and take control, he simply said “The Marine Corps taught me not to [mess] around.”

The case is open and the investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information is urged to contact the Yuma County Sheriff’s Office with anonymous tips.

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About the author: Max Slowik is a writer with over a dozen years of experience and is a lifelong shooter. He has unwavering support for the Second Amendment and the human right to self-defense. Like Thomas Paine, he’s a journalist by profession and a propagandist by inclination.

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  • TonyP. November 8, 2021, 9:51 am

    There is no such thing as a “former Marine”!!! Unless, of course, you are referring to some dishonorably discharged piece of excrement.

  • Ej harbet October 28, 2021, 9:52 am

    I love this! He got ON it! I bet that scrote is still hurting from his red pill.

    More of this happens the less of that happens

  • Helen Kuschnereit October 23, 2021, 6:05 am

    Yuma? 100% chance it was a Greasy Mexican.

    • Rick Meyer October 25, 2021, 9:25 am

      Helen, or is it Karen now. Lots of people of color in the Marines. My favorite was/is a Filipino Mexican mix. That nasty comment would set his hair on fire.

    • Sgt11c October 26, 2021, 8:53 pm

      You know how I know you’re an idiot….

  • Gus October 23, 2021, 2:00 am

    Guess he got fact checked on just how many fux a Veteran gives. Pay to Play, we Veterans are your neighbors, friends, co-workers, everyday people with families and are everywhere by the millions, AND WE STILL HAVE OUR HEADS ON A SWIVEL and our BS meters are very touchy.

  • Ralph Glorioso October 22, 2021, 11:34 pm

    Nothing will offend a Marine much more than referring to him or her as a “Former” Marine. “Marine veteran” is appropriate. It’s inherent in our training that we always are Marines long after mustering out. Point of pride.

    USMC 1958-61.

    • PATRICK October 23, 2021, 11:46 pm

      Better than ex marine.

  • Scotty Gunn October 22, 2021, 6:43 pm

    Good for him. He acted fast and carried through. Never dropped his bag!

  • Mark October 22, 2021, 1:34 pm

    The red shoes was the tip off the guy was a degenerate snowflake.

  • Edward Jackson October 22, 2021, 1:25 pm

    He’s very lucky the accomplices didn’t shoot him while he was taking down the 1st robber. That was very risky.

  • Sam October 22, 2021, 12:53 pm

    Would have been better if they could have cut the camera so the Marine could have pistol whipped him, or worse. We all know with our current system of justice the, the perp was out the next day. Fortunately, it wasn’t in CA or NY where the Marine would have charges filed against him, and the robber would have received an apology, and most likely the Marine would have to issie a public apology and pay restitution.

  • Recce1 October 22, 2021, 11:07 am

    Thankfully no one was hurt? Actually, it’s too bad all the robbers weren’t hurt. I’m not speaking about killing them, just taking them to the woodshed.

    • LJ October 23, 2021, 12:02 pm

      Yeah, I’m of that ‘woodshed’ generation myself, but these thugs only understand on thing, death & destruction. Judges administer verbal ‘woodsheds’ in court rooms everyday to these little bastards, spin the revolving door, and let these turds back out on the street until they finally takes someones life. Where’s the 3 strike rule? I can pretty much guarantee you all of them have arrest records as long as your arm.

  • LJ October 22, 2021, 10:14 am

    Unfortunately with our revolving-door justice system we have in this country this young POS will probably never see a day in prison, and he knows that. So he’ll have a record, if he doesn’t already. It’s really a shame the marine didn’t shove that gun up his arse and pull the trigger and take him out of the gene pool. Seems these young thugs have to kill someone before the criminal justice system takes them off the streets for even a brief period of time.

  • Eric N Spear October 22, 2021, 9:05 am

    Don’t “F” with a Marine! Looks like these kids walked into an ambush. LOL

  • Anthony Cannata October 22, 2021, 8:43 am

    Man rape? No, that would be the Navy.

  • Joe Thomas October 22, 2021, 8:26 am

    SEMPER FI!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • John Kramer October 22, 2021, 8:25 am


  • BB October 22, 2021, 7:00 am

    A fearless man who righted a wrong on the spot…because he could and he had the conviction. Exactly what the world needs more of. Thanks for the inspiration Devil Dog!

    And btw, just because he’s no longer on active duty doesn’t alter his status as a Marine. It’s an earned title.

    • Thomas McDonald October 25, 2021, 2:45 pm


  • Josh October 22, 2021, 6:56 am

    Semper Fi

  • Bluefish123 October 22, 2021, 6:33 am

    Probably a antifa twit thinking he was cool. Hope he gets 10 behind bars, make his mom and dad proud… moron

    • Recce1 October 22, 2021, 11:04 am

      Ten DAYS behind bars? Just being sarcastic as that’s all too likely what will happen. Then the miscreant can sue the Marine and the Corps for violation of his right to make a living.

  • Guido October 22, 2021, 6:23 am

    I submit that the description “Brave Marine” is redundant….

    • Stephen barker October 22, 2021, 8:12 am


    • Michael Galvis October 22, 2021, 6:49 pm

      Bravo,Semper Fi.

  • Chuck Matson October 22, 2021, 5:55 am

    As they say…once a Marine…always a Marine.

  • Dr Motown October 22, 2021, 5:50 am

    Let’s hope this “juvenile” gets prosecuted as an adult and serves some real prison time👍

    • LJ October 22, 2021, 10:16 am

      Never happen …

  • fujian Xiamen guo October 22, 2021, 5:09 am

    If I were the Marine veteran, I would had also man rape the kid just to teach him what is coming next for him in juvinile custody.

    • Airwing Marine October 22, 2021, 8:09 pm

      No such thing as a former Marine. Same goes for ex-Marine. There are active duty Marines, Reserve Marines, Retired Marines and for the rest of us, Veteran Marines. Most of us get Honorable discharges, some get other types. Only one Marine lost his title that I’m aware of, the guy who killed President Kennedy.
      All that being said, the Marine that was videotaped kicking some POS’s ass was a sight for sore eyes! Oohrah!!!

  • Blue Dog (he/him) October 21, 2021, 7:10 pm

    This robber should have kept 6 feet distant between himself and other patrons. He was wearing his mask, that’s good, but he got to close to that Marine and his backside got whooped. It is good nobody got hurt too badly and I hope the young man finds true penitence in the penitentiary.

    • Thoughtful October 22, 2021, 7:03 am

      Blue Him, you truly are the ultimate liberal shill. Marxism, you live it AND love it, no?

    • Kary Oldman October 22, 2021, 11:58 pm

      I know you live for these replies, perhaps so you can show them to your more cracktivist liberal friends. I suspect you virtue signal to them about being a gun owner who believes the common-sense gun control propaganda so popular with intellectually superior elitists. You consider yourself some sort of moderate who wishes to bring us rubes up to your standards of self approval, but that actually makes you worse than a true hard left gun ban advocate. Your little jab referring to the perp as young man who will hopefully repent is pure button pushing…you know as well as every other devils advocate poser like you knows, that statistically he is 95% likely to be a lifetime societal parasite. Your honest libtard friends know you’re a fraud and us noble savages see through you as well. I encourage you to keep searching for validation somewhere…maybe try the real world, although I recommend avoiding Marines.

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