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POLICE: Witness subdues man trying to rob Louisville store with BB gun

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Gary Martin Branham, Jr. (Source: Louisville Metro Corrections) Gary Martin Branham, Jr. (Source: Louisville Metro Corrections)
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Louisville Metro Police say a homeless man tried to rob a local store with a BB gun, but a witness on the scene foiled his plans.

According to an arrest report, it happened just after 10 a.m. on Monday, April 27, at an unidentified store on Taylor Boulevard, near Central Avenue.

Police say 24-year-old Gary Martin Branham, Jr. put $15.42 worth of merchandise in his jacket and tried to walk out without paying for it.

When witnesses tried to confront him about taking the property, police say he pulled a handgun and pointed it at them.

That handgun turned out to be a BB gun, according to the arrest report, but police say, "the witnesses stated they feared for their life when the suspect pointed the gun at them, thinking it was real."

But that didn't stop one of the witnesses from grabbing the gun and wrestling Branham Jr. to the ground, keeping him there until police arrived on the scene.

Branham Jr. was arrested and charged with first degree robbery.

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