A SuperAmerica gas station customer tackled an armed robber trying to run away late Tuesday night in Rogers, Minn.
The gas station on South Diamond Road was under police surveillance at the time following multiple SuperAmerica store robberies in the Twin Cities metro this week.
Around 11:15 p.m., the officer on patrol saw an armed robber run out of the store -- but he wasn't alone. He was being chased by a customer who tackled the suspect and held him until the officer took him into custody.
John Daiker was filling up his car when he saw the teen robber enter the store and point a gun at the clerk's stomach.
"I pretended to wash my windows just to see if this was some kind of joke or something," he recalled.
He soon realized it was no joke and told someone in the parking lot to dial 911 while he blocked one entrance with his car.
"If someone is in trouble, you try and help," he said. "That's just what you do."
At 6 feet 3 inches tall and 270 pounds, Daiker is big for a stay-at-home dad -- but it wasn't long ago that he was playing semi-pro football. He told FOX 9 News he used that training to chase down the barely 5-foot tall, 100-pound robber and tackle him in a nearby parking lot.
"Reminded me of back in the day, sacking the quarterback," Daiker said.
Though police don't encourage chasing an armed suspect -- which did turn out to be an air soft BB gun in this case, officers plan to give Daiker an award for his role in the culprit's capture.
"Anyone who decides to do this is putting their own life in their hands," said Rogers Police Chief Jeff Beahen. "In this case, it worked out and he's a hero. Everything went right."
Daiker did get scraped up a bit, but he is doing fine. On Thursday, he will be given his award when the Rogers City Council meets.
The suspect is a 17-year-old boy from Fridley. A 17-year-old girl from Shoreview who gave him a ride to the gas station was also arrested. Police believe the teen is responsible for the string of robberies in the area. Both are looking at armed robbery charges.