WEST ALLIS, Wis. — A business owner in Wisconsin is feeling grateful after several citizens helped to foil a recent robbery attempt at her shop.
According to WITI in Milwaukee, Doris Wittenburg, owner of dog grooming shop Going To the Dogs, was tending to an elderly man’s pet when a 49-year-old woman walked in.
“She goes, ‘Oh I don’t have a dog, I’ve got three cats,’ and I said, ‘No I’m sorry, I don’t do cats,’” Wittenburg told the station.
She said nothing about the woman appeared out of the ordinary — until she bent down to retrieve a gun she had been concealing.
“When she stood up she now had a revolver in her hand and said, ‘I want all the money out of your cash register and I want it now,'” Wittenburg told the station.
Wittenburg said she complied, then ran for the door to call for help. As she did that the robber then charged the door herself.
The elderly man then reportedly came to the rescue, trying to stop the woman from attacking the owner.
“By the time she’s right here and I’m right here, he’s walloping her with his cane and he hit her about three times,” Wittenburg told WITI.
After the woman punched the elderly man in the face, two other strangers from a nearby vacuum store ran in and grabbed the robber from behind. Yet another citizen then came in and helped hold her down.
Wittenburg then grabbed the woman’s gun, and police arrived shortly after.
“I want to express my gratitude to all those people that jumped in,” Wittenburg said. “Without those people I think she would have just got away or if we would have got hurt, nobody would have known. So, you know, everybody was a hero.”
Police have not released the suspect’s name, according to WITI.