Store manager fights back!

By Brandi Hodges - bio | email

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - A couple of robbers bit off more than they could chew when they tried to rob a Jonesboro pizza place.  The on duty manager who is an Iraq war veteran fought back!

"I was standing here on the phone when two gentlemen entered through the front door.  One went all the way over to that end pinning the driver to the wall and the other one ran up to me and said, 'Give me all your money,' and I looked at him and went, 'Are you serious?' " said Foster.

It might not be the normal thing to say, but for Rebecca Foster who got home from serving in Iraq just five months ago, fighting back is a normal response.

"I reached up and grabbed a hold of his mask and pulled it off of his head he stepped back pulled it back on his head and hit me," said Foster.

That's when things really started cooking!  Foster said after taking a hit to the right side of her face she shoved the robber.  That's when she said the man shot at her!

"I honestly thought he fired a blank round because it didn't hit me.  Later the police showed me the slug I knew it wasn't a blank," said Foster.

She said in the five minutes the two men were there she wasn't scared.  She was just protecting herself and the "base" she is responsible for.

"Being a combat veteran and being in stressful situations before, you have a better handle on keeping your wits about you," said Foster.

The men didn't get away with much.  They got the delivery bag that had about $15 inside and a fight from a girl who didn't back down.

"There are people out there that will stand up to them, so maybe it will teach them a lesson.  Get a job," said Foster.

Foster said she truly believes civilian life is a lot different than her military life, especially after this.

"I've decided that home is more dangerous than Iraq.  Since I've been home I've been in two car accidents and I've been robbed and shot at," said Foster.

The men are described as two black males.  At the time of the robbery both were wearing black shirts and black shorts with a blue stripe at the bottom.  They were also wearing ski masks.  If you have any information about this crime you are encouraged to call Crimestoppers at 870-935-STOP.

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