Teen impresses in job interview by foiling robbery
Posted March 22
A New Orleans teen on a job interview impressed managers when he stopped a robbery in progress.
Devin Washington was talking to two managers at the Popeyes when a cashier started screaming.
"I guess he reached his hand in the drawer, and he was trying to run to the door," Washington said.
The restaurant broke out in chaos.
"The only thing I remember is me getting him and putting his hand behind his back. That's all," Washington said. "I wasn't scared or nervous or anything like that. I just got up and did it."
Washington said it was instinct to help.
"I was thinking like it could be my mama. It could be anybody's mama, so you have to protect somebody," he said.
He held the would-be robber in an arm lock until police arrived.
"He was, like, trying to get loose, trying to put up a fight with me, and I was just holding him there," Washington said.
His football coach, Michael Franklin, said he wasn't surprised to hear of Washington's heroism. The defensive lineman has jumped in to break up school fights on occasion.
"Most times, the fight that he has interceded in they thought that he was actually the one involved in the fight just because he's so massive. He's so big. He's 6'4," Franklin said.
Suffice it to say, Washington got the job.
The would-be thief was arrested and charged with simple robbery.
"Just thinking about it, I could be hurt, shot or anything. I'm happy that nothing bad happened to me," Washington said.