Winston-Salem, North Carolina

From Winston-Salem’s of May 24, 2007

Police: Clerk Holds Robbery Accomplice At Gunpoint

Police said a convenience store owner held a burglar’s accomplice at gunpoint Thursday after an armed robbery at his store.

Authorities said a man entered a Shell station on University Parkway at about 5:11 a.m. and demanded money. After he received an undisclosed amount of money, the culprit demanded money from the safe, police said.

The owner, James William Overby, retrieved a handgun from a concealed location and pointed it at the culprit, according to Winston-Salem police. A short struggle ensued and the culprit fled on foot, police said.

Overby then encountered a second culprit waiting in the suspect vehicle and ordered him to the ground, according to police. Overby detained that person until police arrived.

The investigation is still under way.

Overby wasn’t injured.


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