[UPDATE: Surveillance Video] Good Samaritans Foil Attempted Murder, Robbery, and Assault With a Deadly Weapon by Masked Robber, Says EPD
### UPDATE: Surveillance video at the bottom of this story ###
Several Good Samaritans came to the aid of the owner at N & S liquor store on 5th Street in Eureka at approximately 11:30 Monday night when a man wearing a bandanna and carrying a firearm allegedly attempted to rob the store.
When the masked man allegedly demanded money, the owner resisted by striking the would-be robber with the cash tray from the register. The suspect attempted to discharge the firearm but, the gun jammed.
Several good Samaritans then assisted the owner and attempted to wrestle the robber to the ground. He was overpowered by the helpful citizens who were holding him down when Eureka Police officers arrived on scene.
Sgt. Stanley Harkness, who preferred not to be interviewed on camera, allowed our reporter to capture his description of events below. He said that the suspect will be booked for Attempted Murder, Robbery and Assault with a Deadly Weapon.
Transcript of the audio:
We were dispatched to an unknown problem possibly involving a firearm or subject with a firearm inside the N & S Liquors here. When we responded there were three citizens restraining a subject who was wearing a bandana on his face. Through the investigation it was learned the subject with the bandana on his face had come in with the firearm and attempted to rob the store clerk. The store clerk resisted and was assisted by the three Samaritans who removed the firearm from him and held him until the police arrived and then took him into custody. He will be booked for attempted murder, robbery and assault with a deadly weapon. [The attempted murder charges are] from pulling the trigger repeatedly on the firearm towards the clerk.
Update 12:10 p.m.: This is a press release from the Eureka Police Department. The information has not been proven in a court of law and any individuals described should be presumed innocent until proven guilty:
On 03/14/16 at about 9:37 p.m., officers responded to a liquor store on the 1500 block of 5th Street for the report of a man causing a disturbance with a firearm. Upon arrival, officers found Aaron Christopher King, 25 of McKinleyville, restrained on the floor of the store by three citizens.
Officers reviewed the surveillance footage and saw King enter the store with a firearm in an attempt to rob the store. King attempted to shoot the clerk several times but the gun malfunctioned each time. The clerk fought back until a citizen came in and stripped the gun from King and held him down. Two additional citizens entered the store and assisted in holding down King until police arrived.
King was arrested and booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility for attempted murder, robbery, assault with a firearm, and felon in possession of a firearm. It was determined that the firearm used by King was loaded and had been reported as stolen from a residential burglary in Eureka.
Any witnesses to this incident are asked to call the Eureka Police Department at (707)441-4060.