“I was going after them. I was going for the eyeballs.”
Three suspects who attempted to rob a cannabis dispensary in Everett, Wash. were deterred when a shop employee pulled out a can of bear spray and took aim at the intruders.
“This guy was coming toward me. I sprayed him,” Marijuana Club 99 manager Chris Vincent told KIRO 7 News. “That is the first time I’ve shot bear spray. I’ve done pepper spray before, but that is a whole new level of hurt,” he said.
Store surveillance video footage shows Vincent, who was getting ready to close for the evening, pulling out the spray and letting loose on the attempted thieves, one of whom was brandishing a gun.
All three suspects subsequently fled the dispensary, jumped into a waiting vehicle and drove away.
“I was going after them. I was going for the eyeballs,” Vincent explained.
The incident is the second time in about a week that the pot shop has been the target of an attempted robbery. And while Vincent didn’t hesitate to defend the store, he said he wanted to avoid prolonging the experience.
“I don’t want to cause any problems for customers because it does scare them… and we can’t have that,” he explained.
The assailants took off before they could score any cash or product, but during the brief encounter, Vincent said he thought they looked familiar and believes they may be the same suspects that carried out a successful robbery in the store on Feb. 6. In that case, thousands of dollars in money and merchandise were taken.
After facing the bear spray, however, Vincent believes he may have seen the last of the attempted bud burglars.
“I don’t know of a word to use, but they ran like chickens!” he said.
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Written by Emma Spears