Lubbock customers recall stopping 7-Eleven robber

Published: Nov. 30, 2015 at 4:14 AM CST|Updated: May. 19, 2016 at 2:27 PM CDT
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A Lubbock man remains in the Lubbock County Detention Center on several charges after customers prevented him from robbing a 7-Eleven Sunday morning in Lubbock.
Joseph Lloyd Johnson, age 27, was arrested for several charges including robbery after the incident happened around 1 a.m. at the store at 27th Street and Avenue Q.
Lubbock police report that Johnson was waiting in line behind three other customers, when the clerk opened the register. He then walked past the other customers and reached over the counter to grab any cash in the register.
Those three customers tried to prevent Johnson from leaving the store, police said, and Johnson punched one of them in the face before running outside. He was tackled by other customers and held until officers arrived to arrest him.
Vincent Romo and Melissa Rodriguez said they were in the back of the store in the chip aisle when they first noticed Johnson.  

He looked suspicious as it was, Romo said. I worked in convenient stores before, so as always, I use cautious, I pay attention. He was looking around at everybody, just waiting for it to get really, really busy.  

That is when Romo said Johnson jumped over the counter, reached into the register and grabbed about $140. As Johnson went to run out the door, Romo said he was temporarily stopped by one of the locked doors.
 Romo joined in with about ten other strangers, as he said they pinned Johnson down outside the front doors.
"[Rodriguez] was on the phone with the operator, and we were all just trying to chase him,
Romo said, make sure he didn't get away until LPD got there.

At some point, Romo said Johnson got loose from his sweatshirt and starting running away from the group to the back of the building. But Romo said he and another man caught up with him and held him until police arrived.

"If he would've had a knife of a gun or any kind of weapon, I'm pretty sure he would've used it,
Romo said, especially with just two people on him, as big as he was.

The men told Johnson if he gave the money back they would let him go. But when Johnson complied, Rodriguez said that did not happen.

He needs to get a job, Melissa said. Everyonethey need to work already. Its not even right.

While it was a night full of adrenaline for Romo and Rodriguez, they said they would do it all again to protect the cashier who works at that 7-Eleven. They said this makes about the third time she has been robbed.

We were just at the right place at the right time, Romo said, and luckily, we were there because I feel like if we weren't there, honestly, he would've gotten away and he would be out here doing it again."

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