Good; Heroic Shopper Thanked
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Thank you for your selfless act of bravery," said Tulsa Police Chief, Ron Palmer.
Applause for a man who stood his ground against an armed robber.
"To me, it was amazing," said Officer Brandon Davis.
Amazing because Craig Stutzman simply refused to let a thief get away with it.
Police say 38-year-old Tony Cleveland, a man with previous convictions for robbery and assault walked into a Food Pyramid store at 51st and Memorial wearing a batman mask and red bandana.
Armed with a handgun, he started ordering shoppers around.
"That's when he fired a shot," said Stutzman.
Cleveland tried to fire a second round, but his gun jammed.
Stutzman, a mechanic for American Airlines, only had a second to act, but he did, tackling the robber.
"Just reaction is what it was," said Stutzman.
More than reaction, police said it was courage, as stutzman held up the gunman until police arrived.
"I've never seen anything like this in my life," said Davis.
"Boy, this guy is gutsy," said Palmer.
Stutzman he risked his life, but he walked away with cuts and bruises, and a new reputation. As a hero!
As for Cleveland, records show he pleaded guilty last week to federal charges stemming from that incident plus two previous robberies.
Police presented Stutzman with the Citizen's Award. an honor very rarely handed out. Stutzman also received honors from his job, American Airlines.