Investigators said two brothers came up with a tricky and violent scheme to steal $2,300 from a Seminole County pizza joint, but the robbery backfired when a good Samaritan tackled ones of the suspects.
Authorities said Kenneth Santos and Jorge Santiago attempted to hold up the Little Caesar's near State Road 436 and Montgomery Road using a stun gun.
Investigators said Donnie Robinson was working behind the counter when the manager walked out with cash that was going to the bank.
Police said Santiago distracted the manager by asking for a job
and then Santos zapped him with the stun gun from behind.
pair fled, Robinson ran after them.
One of the
men darted across Montgomery Road and tried to hide in a subdivision, which happened to be a Neighborhood Watch area.
Authorities said several
people started to chase the man, so he waved the stun gun at them and then climbed over a fence, which is when he was tackled to the ground.
"Once the adrenaline wore off, it was 'what the heck was I doing?'" Robinson told Channel 9.
Santos and Santiago appeared before a judge on Tuesday. Their bonds were set at $20,000.
Robinson hopes they learned their lesson.
"I hope they can turn it around and realize that there are options after this is all over," he said.
Police believe a third person could have been involved because the robbers seemed to know when the money was being moved. Anyone with information is asked to contact authorities.