Teen impresses in job interview by foiling robbery

Posted March 22, 2016

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.


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  • Janet Ghumri Mar 22, 2016
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    His mama raised him right!

  • Tron Carter Mar 22, 2016
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    Good job, big fella

  • Steve Moore Mar 22, 2016
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    Good man !

  • Mark Cooper Mar 22, 2016
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    BRAVO young man, BRAVO!!!

  • Rebecca Caldwell Mar 22, 2016
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    I was just thinking that! Sad times we live in, but at least the world still has a few amazing people in it like Devin Washington.

  • Jim Hinnant Mar 22, 2016
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    Funny thing about it. Had he taken action as an employee of Popeye's he would have been fired.