Gun-toting good Samaritan foils Pompano Beach robbery
BY DAVID SMILEY
Police say Fabrizzo Sandovaz might want to work on his planning and execution.
First, he forgot to put his Jeep in park when he allegedly pulled behind Walid Hamad's car and jumped out to rob the 48-year-old Palm Beach County man.
Second, the spot he chose for the armed robbery happened to be in the driveway of a Pompano Beach surveillance and securities retail store where employees are particularly active in exercising their Second Amendment rights.
''Friday the 13th wasn't a lucky day for this robber,'' said Mike Jachles, a spokesman with the Broward Sheriff's Office.
As Sandovaz held a gun to Hamad and told him to hand over a bag in his car, the gunman's own vehicle slowly cruised into two parked cars belonging to employees of IC Realtime Security Solutions, 3050 N. Andrews Ave. extension
Hearing the crash, several employees ran outside, where they saw the armed robbery taking place.
''We all ran outside and it so happened that one of our customers had a license to carry and had a weapon on him,'' said Frank Fishman, a sales representative at the store.
Within seconds, Sandovaz, 21, found himself taking orders with a gun to his head as Everol Moulton, a store customer with a concealed weapons permit, told Sandovaz to drop the gun and kick it toward him.
Sandovaz dropped the firearm and ran. Moulton fired one shot and missed, and then he and several store employees gave chase.
Fishman said they caught up to the suspect about 150 yards down the road, tackled him and then held him down until the Broward Sheriff's Office arrived.
Adding insult to injury, the incident was recorded on the store's surveillance cameras.
''This guy piked the worst place in the world,'' Fishman said, "because most of us carry and we're security guys.''