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Man Uses Fake Leg to Take Down Armed Robber

Man Uses Fake Leg to Take Down Armed Robber

Associated Press

April 01, 2011

MIDDLETON, Mass. (AP) – A Massachusetts man who used his prosthetic leg to take down a robber says he didn’t have time to think, he just reacted.

Stephen Cornell peered through the window of his neighborhood convenience store in Middleton on Wednesday and saw a man pointing a gun at the owner.

He tells The Salem News he intended to tackle the thief when he left JC Grill & Pizza, but instead stuck out his artificial leg and tripped him.

Cornell and owner Edson Andrade disarmed the thief and dragged him back into the store in a chokehold before calling police. The weapon was a pellet gun.

The 55-year-old Cornell lost his leg at age 12.

The suspect, 23-year-old Eric Homen, pleaded not guilty to charges including armed robbery.

(Copyright 2011 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)


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    Whalewatcher

    over 3 years ago

    11226 Comments

    Love it !!!! Lotsa courage on the part of Mr. Cornell !!!!!

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    Redsky

    over 3 years ago

    2918 Comments

    Should have hit him over the head a few times with it. Great story.

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    spoc

    over 3 years ago

    254 Comments

    NICE, WAY TO GET INVOLVED AND BEING A GOOD NEIGHBOR AND AMERICAN..

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    sgtdemanda

    over 3 years ago

    578 Comments

    Yahoo! Good on ya, buddy. Wish we had more folks like you out there giving us a hand.

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    Katz

    over 3 years ago

    8260 Comments

    Awesome!

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    WeWork4God

    over 3 years ago

    22 Comments

    Good thing the good samaritan didn't have prosthetic arm, the one armed man always gets blamed! Good job citizen, we need more like you!

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    Robocop33

    over 3 years ago

    14642 Comments

    Good for him. Citizens need to help take back the streets from the slime that has put a stain on our society.

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    Irishcop1961

    over 3 years ago

    51096 Comments

    Great story. They should have hit him over the head a few times with it.

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    KRG123

    over 3 years ago

    1550 Comments

    Wasn't this a movie of the week ? If not..... It will be soon.

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    tactman702

    over 3 years ago

    318 Comments

    Talk about lending a hand... I mean leg !!! Kudos Mr. Cornell...

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    DonnaLynn

    over 3 years ago

    10638 Comments

    Now this made me laugh...
    DALLASCRANE: ...disarmed by a leg.

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    DALLASCRANE

    over 3 years ago

    19382 Comments

    The would be robber was disarmed by a leg.

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    Cat_D

    over 3 years ago

    9610 Comments

    Now that's funny !!! My dad had an artifical leg and I could soooo see him doing something like this too !!! hahahahaha

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    darsavmo

    over 3 years ago

    11362 Comments

    Bump Avacop301...

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    USLawman1983

    over 3 years ago

    1572 Comments

    Nice going Mr. Cornell and Mr. Andrade. You are good citizens and we're proud of ya.

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