Crime Subway Employee Fights Off Armed Robber, But Says She's Suspended for Sharing Footage of Attack

01:50  15 september  2021
01:50  15 september  2021 Source:   people.com

4 vaccinated front-line workers cope with pandemic's toll

  4 vaccinated front-line workers cope with pandemic's toll NEW YORK (AP) — The early months of the coronavirus pandemic shined a spotlight on essential workers. As cities shutdown, thank you signs went up on windows and applause rang out each evening for the workers still out there. At the time, there was hope the pandemic would be short-lived. Instead, the virus spread, evolved and unleashed new challenges. More than 60% of U.S. workers had jobs that couldn’t be done from home during the pandemic, according to a Pew Research Center survey. Front-line workers struggled with inconsistent masking policies, fought for hazard pay and campaigned for lasting changes, including a $15 minimum wage and adequate paid sick leave.

A Subway employee claims she was suspended from her job after posting security cam footage of herself fighting off an armed gunman trying to rob the sandwich shop chain.

a sign above a store: Joe Raedle/Getty Images © Provided by People Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Araceli Sotelo was working alone at a Subway location in Rockford, Illinois on Sept. 5 when the attempted robbery occurred, the perpetrator climbing behind the counter and threatening Sotelo to give him the store's money.

Despite his gun, she defended herself, eventually getting his weapon away. He took off with her purse.

The incident was caught on camera by one of the store's security cameras, footage police are now using as evidence in their investigation to track down the criminal, WTVO reported.

Poor welds blamed for fatal Mexico City subway collapse

  Poor welds blamed for fatal Mexico City subway collapse A final report on the Mexico City metro collapse in May that killed 26 people confirmed that the devastating event was most likely caused by poorly welded and missing studs that connected steel support beams. The report by Norwegian certification firm DNV, which was commissioned by the Mexico City government to investigate the subway overpass collapse, found that poor installation of studs resulted in "two independent parallel beams, a concrete beam and steal beam, that experienced loading conditions for which they were not designed," according to The Associated Press.

But the footage also went viral online, in posts shared by a number of social media accounts, including Sotelo's own TikTok.

According to Sotelo, sharing that footage has led to her suspension from her job at Subway.

"I get a call yesterday it was like, 'if every one of these videos are not taken offline you will be suspended,' and then I texted [Subway] and I'm like 'How long am I suspended for?' They said till everything is removed online." Sotelo told WTVO. "I have no ability to do that."

She claims the Subway franchise owner is suspending her because "they did not want anyone to know" about the incident.

"They wanted to be private that it happened to me and that I fought back, but I think they did that because they do not want corporate to know," she said.

Jake Paul says Floyd Mayweather 'needs me more than I need him'

  Jake Paul says Floyd Mayweather 'needs me more than I need him' You Tube star Jake Paul on why Floyd Mayweather Jr. wasn't on his "Hit List" of potential opponents: "I don't want to do money fights with an old guy."And why is Mayweather not on the list? 

Sotelo claimed to WTVO that she was not the original one to leak the footage, and only posted it to her TikTok after others had shared.

When reached for comment by PEOPLE, the Subway franchise owner said, "We're not making comments at this time."

A Subway spokesperson said in a statement shared with PEOPLE, "We are deeply concerned about the recent incident at a franchised location in Rockford, Illinois. The restaurant owner and management are fully cooperating with the police investigation, and we request patience until that process is complete."

a sign above a store: Araceli Sotelo claimed she was suspended from her job at Subway after posting a video of security footage from inside the sandwich chain that showed her fighting off a man attempting to burglarize the store © Joe Raedle/Getty Images Araceli Sotelo claimed she was suspended from her job at Subway after posting a video of security footage from inside the sandwich chain that showed her fighting off a man attempting to burglarize the store

Never miss a story — sign up for PEOPLE's free daily newsletter to stay up-to-date on the best of what PEOPLE has to offer, from juicy celebrity news to compelling human interest stories.

Putin observes war games with Belarus that worry neighbors

  Putin observes war games with Belarus that worry neighbors MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin has observed military exercises being conducted in coordination with Belarus that have raised concerns in bordering countries. Putin on Monday attended exercises at a training ground in the Nizhny Novgorod region, 450 kilometers (275 miles) east of Moscow. The exercises included what the Defense Ministry said was the first use in a combat environment of two new robotic fighting vehicles that are equipped with machine guns and grenade launchers.

As for the footage itself, it shows Sotelo in a serious scuffle with the gunman.

She told WTVO that she initially pleaded with the robber after he demanded she give him money. "He kind of just showed me his gun, and I was like freaking out like, 'Woah you can't do that, please leave,' " she said. "[He said] 'Give me all the money' and I said, 'I do not have any money, like, I do not have any money.' That is all I had and he was just like, 'Give me everything before I hurt you.' "

When the man refused to leave and got a hold of Sotelo's purse, she fought back, despite being "scared for her life." Sotelo explained that she was larger than the man, "so I could at least put my weight on him, push him, or something."

RELATED: Dunkin' Donuts Manager Is Fatally Shot in Store Robbery, and Suspect Remains at Large

During their altercation, the robber's gun fell while he was grabbing onto her purse, and Sotelo was able to grab it and hit the man with it in an attempt to defend herself.

"I end[ed] up pulling his sweatshirt off him and I was like, 'Show your face, show your face, you are on camera.' And he was like, 'Here you can have your purse back, just give me back my stuff,' " she claimed. "He wanted me to give him back his gun and his clothes. I just hit him on the head with it, that is what he was doing to me."

The man got away with Sotelo's purse and broke her phone, but did not take any money from the Subway store, she said.

Since Sotelo's suspension, a GoFundMe has been set up to help pay for an attorney for and lost wages.

Oscar De La Hoya willing to offer Floyd Mayweather $100 million for rematch .
Mayweather won a split decision when the two fought in 2007 in a match that generated more than $130 million. Mayweather Promotions CEO Leonard Ellerbe told SportsMap Radio's "The Jake Asman Show" in June that a rematch between De Lay Hoya and Mayweather will "never happen." De La Hoya was supposed to fight Vitor Belfort in an exhibition match on Sept. 11 but had to back out after testing positive for COVID-19. Triller CEO Ryan Kavanaugh said earlier this week there have been talks about rescheduling the fight for Thanksgiving weekend.Mayweather last fought against YouTube star Logan Paul in June.

usr: 3
This is interesting!