The shotgun-wielding robber probably thought he had gotten the jump on his victim.
Instead, it was the victim who disarmed the robber, wrestled him to the ground and held him for police early Sunday.
The 24-year-old victim had been walking from the QuikTrip at 44th and Main streets to the Country Club Plaza about 3:20 a.m. As he reached 47th Street, a car pulled over and a passenger stepped out wearing black clothes and black sunglasses. The gunman demanded the victim’s wallet and keys.
The victim held up his wallet to show the gunman, then dropped it on the ground. The robber trained his shotgun on the victim while bending over to pick up the wallet.
That’s when the victim lunged at the gunman, pushed the shotgun aside and struggled for control of the weapon. The victim got behind the gunman and held the shotgun tightly against him while wrestling him to the ground and eventually taking the shotgun away.
He tossed the shotgun aside and pinned the gunman while ignoring the gunman’s partner, who had stepped out of the car and was telling him to let the gunman go. The driver fled before officers arrived.
Police arrested a man who refused to provide his name. Police identified him through fingerprints.
As it turned out, the shotgun was not loaded.
Jackson County prosecutors charged Robert F. Mays, 40, of Kansas City, with attempted first-degree robbery.