Customer: Canton Verizon worker acted heroically during robbery - New York News

Customer: Canton Verizon worker acted heroically during robbery

Posted: Updated:
Gerald Soubly  (Credit: Fox 2 News) Gerald Soubly (Credit: Fox 2 News)
CANTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WJBK) -

Police in Canton nabbed three suspected robbers, but they aren't the only heroes stemming from a Monday hold-up at a Verizon store.  A customer is calling a Verizon worker a hero.

"When you're confronted with somebody with an automatic rifle like that, it's a horrible, horrible feeling," said Gerald Soubly.

He and his girlfriend were the only customers inside a Verizon store in Canton on Monday morning when a group of guys armed with automatic weapons showed up.

"Dan, who was the salesman, he sees the rifle, and he says, 'Call 9-1-1.  They're going to rob us.'  And these guys are banging on the door trying to get in," Soubly explained.  "And he pushed the doors closed in front of these guys, and he put the lock pin in.  Now he is facing these guys with this rifle.  He put himself in extreme danger."

"The guy with the AK-47, he starts hammering on the glass.  That didn't work, so he takes the rifle, and he fires the shot, and he breaks the glass open.  They come running in, and they start grabbing things," he added.

SkyFox was on the scene as Canton police conducted a city-wide manhunt.  The suspects' car was seen fleeing south on Oakview.  An officer rammed the vehicle.  Three men fled on foot, but police weren't far behind them following footprints in the freshly fallen snow right to a storm cellar.  All three were arrested.

"The report from Verizon was automatic weapons, and there's weapons in the vehicle that would be considered automatic weapons," said Sergeant Mark Gajeski.

Police sources told me these suspects will be questioned about similar crimes in Westland, Taylor, Garden City and Dearborn.

Soubly came back to Verizon on Tuesday to thank Dan for saving his life, but Dan had the day off.  So, instead, he told Fox 2, "I want to just say thank you for the kind of heroism."

Police said there is surveillance video that they collected from the Verizon store.  They turned that evidence over to the prosecutor.

  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Suspect, rookie officer both wounded in gunfire

    Suspect, rookie officer both wounded in gunfire

    Sunday, August 31 2014 10:11 PM EDT2014-09-01 02:11:38 GMT
    Authorities say an early morning gunfire exchange on a Brooklyn street has left the suspect hospitalized and a police officer with a graze wound.
    Authorities say an early morning gunfire exchange on a Brooklyn street has left the suspect hospitalized and a police officer with a graze wound.
  • New MTA bus routes take effect

    New MTA bus routes take effect

    Sunday, August 31 2014 9:51 PM EDT2014-09-01 01:51:36 GMT
    MTAMTA
    The MTA has new bus routes throughout the 5 boroughs. 
    The MTA has new bus routes throughout the 5 boroughs. 
  • 3 hurt in lightning strike as storms batter NYC area

    3 hurt in lightning strike as storms batter NYC area

    Sunday, August 31 2014 9:47 PM EDT2014-09-01 01:47:41 GMT
    Heavy thunderstorms swept through the tri-state on Sunday causing flash floods and lightning strikes that injured 3 people. The three men were struck at Orchard Beach in the Bronx Sunday afternoon and were being treated at a local hospital. Meanwhile, various Labor Day weekend celebrations were interrupted, delayed and even canceled as the U.S. Open tennis tournament had to be postponed and the Electric Zoo musical festival on Randall's Island had to be prematurely shut down.
    Heavy thunderstorms swept through the tri-state on Sunday causing flash floods and lightning strikes that injured 3 people. The three men were struck at Orchard Beach in the Bronx Sunday afternoon and were being treated at a local hospital. Meanwhile, various Labor Day weekend celebrations were interrupted, delayed and even canceled as the U.S. Open tennis tournament had to be postponed and the Electric Zoo musical festival on Randall's Island had to be prematurely shut down.
  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • VP Joe Biden speaking in Detroit on Labor Day

    VP Joe Biden speaking in Detroit on Labor Day

    Monday, September 1 2014 10:29 AM EDT2014-09-01 14:29:13 GMT
    Vice President Joe Biden is in Detroit on Labor Day for the second time in three years. He addressed the crowd earlier this morning.
    Vice President Joe Biden is in Detroit on Labor Day for the second time in three years. He addressed the crowd earlier this morning.
  • RECALL: Kraft American Singles Cheese Slices

    RECALL: Kraft American Singles Cheese Slices

    Monday, September 1 2014 8:05 AM EDT2014-09-01 12:05:15 GMT
    Kraft voluntarily recalled 7,691 cases of its American Singles cheese product Friday because an ingredient was stored improperly by a supplier.
    Kraft voluntarily recalled 7,691 cases of its American Singles cheese product Friday because an ingredient was stored improperly by a supplier.
  • Minimum wage hike launches this Labor Day

    Minimum wage hike launches this Labor Day

    Monday, September 1 2014 7:30 AM EDT2014-09-01 11:30:54 GMT
    Minimum wage workers across metro Detroit and the rest of the state are getting a small raise this Labor Day.
    Minimum wage workers across metro Detroit and the rest of the state are getting a small raise this Labor Day.
Powered by WorldNow
Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices