Three Pasco teens and a 33-year-old woman were arrested Wednesday after reportedly trying to rob a man in the Walmart parking lot.
The suspects, however, apparently picked the wrong victim to target because the 31-year-old Pasco man refused to comply with their demands and fought them off even as one of the suspects pulled out a gun, said Pasco police Capt. Jim Raymond.
The robbery occurred at 8:15 p.m. in the northeast corner of the Walmart parking on Road 68.
Two 16-year-old boys and a 15-year-old boy approached the victim as he was getting into his truck and demanded money from him, Raymond told the Herald.
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The victim said no and then got out of his truck to confront the suspects.
One of the teens apparently pulled a gun and a struggle ensued, with the victim continuing to fight off the would-be robbers.
An apparent witness called 911 and the suspects eventually gave up and jumped into a waiting car driven by Rose Elizabeth Venor of Pasco.
A Franklin County sheriff's deputy happened to be in the area on Road 68, just north of Walmart, and he was able to stop the fleeing car, Raymond said.
All four suspects were arrested on suspicion of first-degree robbery. The teens were taken to the juvenile detention center and Venor was booked into the Franklin County jail.
Police generally recommend victims comply with robbers' demands when in a similar situation and Raymond noted that Wednesday's incident could have had a much different outcome when the suspects pulled the gun.
Fortunately, the victim suffered some only minor cuts on his head and was treated at a local hospital, Raymond said.
"Human beings have this fight or flight nature," he said. "It could have been more serious, but at the same time it's understandable. Some people, when faced with that type of thing, some by nature decide to stand and fight. It's just something that's built into people."
Officers seized Venor's car and recovered the gun inside, which had been stolen in a Pasco burglary, Raymond said.
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