MELROSE (CBS) — A would-be robber was beat up with a crowbar when he tried to rob a convenience store in Melrose recently.

But the clerk, Zach Poirier had other ideas. “I have a 7-month-old daughter and I’m not going to let her grow up without a father,” said Poirier.

The man can be seen in a video posted on YouTube leading Poirier to the cash register at the Mobil gas station on Main Street.

WBZ-TV’s Bill Shields reports

As the would-be robber turns his back, the clerk starts hitting him with a crowbar. The clerk tells WBZ-TV he put the suspect in a headlock while he called police.

“I saw the opportunity to defend myself and I took it,” said Poirier. “As soon as he took his attention off me to the money in the drawer, I saw an opportunity and I took it.”

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Bernice Corpuz reports

The robber took off running for the door. Poirier’s dad Bill happened to be on the other side. The two tried to tackle him, but he got away.

“He just wasn’t a normal person,” said Bill Poirier. “He was definitely on something. I tried.”

Moments later and just down the road a man fitting the same description robbed a Dunkin Donuts and managed to get away.

Of course, police typically discourage people from engaging robbers.

But Poirier said he’d been robbed about a year-and-a-half ago and wasn’t going to let it happen again.

“You see these things like the guy in Boston. They gave him the money but he still shot them,” he added.

Poirier said he was scraped up, but otherwise okay.

Comments (14)
  1. Cynic says:

    You never know how this is going to turn out…..There was a store owner in Arkansas that killed a man robbing his store…..On the video the Gunman comes in points his gun at the clerk and proceeds to rob him. The store owner get his own gun and shoots the robber. Cut and dried, right?….Not so fast…. Guess who is going on trial for MURDER this week ! Thats right… THE STORE OWNER !!!!

    1. Apu says:

      That’s a legal problem not a moral problem.

      If someone was going to sexually assault your sister without you intervening, would you care what the idiot district attorney will do with you afterwards?

      Right is right. Wrong is wrong. The law is confused nowadays.

    2. Really? Really? says:

      BS… such story exists. I just googled it and found nothing about your story.

      1. Matt says:

        Between Cynic and emom I don’t know who is more confused with their stories and anecdotes. It’s a horse rece.

      2. emom says:

        WOW,, casting stones are we,,, Personally I don’t give a darn what you might think about what I say…. NOR do I truly care,, But there is an article out there about a pharmacist owner that is going on trial for shooting a 16 year would be robber , However he did shoot him more than once… Its in another state, But the story does exist.. Perhaps that was the story .. Regardless,, a short personal account of an incident or and event… really reaching are we…

      3. Kay says:

        The incident Cynic is talking about is the case of a pharmacist in Oklahoma City. In 2009, two armed guys tried to rob him. He shot one of them in the head, then chased the other robber out the door. So far, so good. He was acting in self-defense.

        However, the reason he’s currently on trial for murder is because he then returned to his store to find the first robber lying unconscious, bleeding, and unarmed on the floor…and proceeded to shoot him 5 more times in the stomach, killing him. That’s not self-defense. That’s murder.

      4. emom says:

        KAY thats the same story I found,, I agree, I think what cynic may have seen was a arkansas paper had this story . thus the confusion… thanks for confirming…..

    3. spooky says:

      Welcome to the wonderful world of liberals. They are much like the French and would rather surrender than fight.

      1. Seraphim0 says:

        Spooky- nice to know you’re drinking that koolaide. I’m a liberal, and I am all for gun ownership. If someone tried to hurt my family or myself, you would be sure that I would defend myself and my family to the extend needed.

        grow up and realize that not all classifications such as “liberal and conservative” are all-encompassing. People like you who refuse to see past such things are a HUGE part of the problem in this country today. Liberal, conservative, we are all AMERICANS.

  2. denver morgan says:

    Its better to give them what they want sometimes they take more than your money they might take your life if your not careful.

    1. Apu says:

      1. Give them money. It is replaceable.
      2. As soon as they threaten your life, stop them even it means taking theirs. There is no “being careful” about it. Being put in a life threatening situation is out of your control, you can only respond appropriately to it.

  3. Dave Clarke says:

    Always let them take the money…but sadly many robbers will still shoot you aftewards so I say if you have the opportunity to try to defend yourself, do it…better to die fighting to protect yourself (not the money) than die not protecting yourself. As for the storekeep on trial for murder, yeah coming back in and shooting the guy in that condition was not the right thing to do, but I would say that the guy was in shock and his initial fear for his life turned into anger for being in fear for his life, and was a natural reaction that he probably regrets….I hope he just gets probation or something cuz its way more wrong for the other guy to be committing robbery!…It’s like if you hurt a burglar at your house, you are in the wrong if you do it once you chase the burglar outside of your house, even if he/she is still on your land you cannot harm them once outside the house itself….STUPID!!!

  4. Capt. Obligatory says:

    This is becoming a world where it is easier for a criminal to get a gun, than for a law abiding citizen…where a criminal has more rights then the people they victimize .Someone has to make a stand

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