Bad idea: holding up a store clerk who happens to be proficient in firearms.

Missouri store clerk and veteran Jon Alexander thwarts armed robbery with gun of his own

Jon Lewis Alexander, 54, is no ordinary store clerk. He has worked several “high risk” jobs and served four tours of duty in Iraq during his 30 years in the U.S. military.

And his training shows.

Video surveillance from Saturday night captures the moment a would-be thief entered the Marionville, Mo., store where Alexander works. The thief hesitates for a moment and pulls a gun — but not fast enough to dissuade Alexander from pulling his own Walther PPX 9 mm handgun and sticking it in the hapless thief’s mouth.

No one was hurt and no shots were fired.

“One of the policemen told me later, ‘You’re a lucky man,’” Alexander told News-Leader.comMonday. “I said, ‘I think he (the robber) is a little luckier than I am.’ ”

The following surveillance footage comes by way of the store’s owners, Max and Jeannine Dawson:

Alexander said the man walked in smoking a cigarette, which he was promptly told to put out. The thief then reached for his gun and demanded “all the (expletive deleted) money,” News-Leader.com reports.

The veteran reacted quickly, throwing down the thief’s arm. Alexander tehn drew his own weapon and, according to the report, threatened to “blow his (expletive deleted) head off.”

Pistol at his side, the thief backed away slowly and then bolted from the store. The store clerk remembers being amused by the fact that he “didn’t even bother holstering his weapon.”

Dawson fully supports Alexander’s handling of the situation, saying “I think it’s a great thing.”

Meanwhile, the store clerk explains that he never fired a shot because the thief’s weapon was never pointed directly at him.

“If I had seen the actual barrel of the gun, I would have pulled the trigger,” he said. “My life wasn’t threatened.”

He adds that he didn’t immediately tell his wife, Pam, about the incident because he didn’t want to upset her. However, she eventually saw a copy of the surveillance footage.

“It took her a while to calm down,” he said. “But I got all kinds of lovin’ when she came home.”

Missouri store clerk and veteran Jon Alexander thwarts armed robbery with gun of his own

The store’s owners have since turned the video over to the police. Law enforcement officials have not yet caught the suspect but they hope for a quick arrest.

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  • Reply
    Jimmy Jupiter
    September 12, 2013

    I love that we can show violence all over the damn place – movies, tv, videos – but we aren’t allowed to put the eff word in print.

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    September 7, 2013

    that looks staged too me.and not too well either.

    • Jimmy Jupiter
      September 12, 2013

      Steveo I have to agree. There was no sense of panic or urgency or anything, from either thief or clerk. I suspect this is a gun advocate trying to prove a point.

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    Ralph Wylie
    September 5, 2013

    This video is a great example of why we should protect our schoolchildren with guns. I’m sure the would-be robber was not expecting to meet armed resistance while committing a robbery. School shooters are pretty much guaranteed no resistance due to the “Gun Free Zone” policy. THIS IS INSANE! Molon Labe.

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    Steve LaCroix
    September 5, 2013

    I would have made an example out of that punk and saved the taxpayers some money.
    Here in Florida deadly force was justified as soon as he displayed the gun.
    State of Florida Castle Doctrine, and stand your ground apply.
    More of these lowlife punks simply need to be killed by their victims before anything will change.

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    September 4, 2013

    Alpha as (expletive deleted).

  • Reply
    September 4, 2013

    Thanks for your service man. And thanks for keeping a cool head in a heated situation.

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