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Store clerk wrestles gun from robber; arrest made from DNA

By Mike Anderson | Posted - Jun. 13, 2013 at 10:53 p.m.

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OGDEN — Surveillance cameras captured the minutes an Ogden store clerk fought back and got the gun from an armed robber. Police say they have the suspect behind bars Thursday night thanks to DNA found at the scene.

The clerk fought but he was also seriously injured. The surveillance video shows the clerk was able to get the gun from the robber's hand and fight back. Unfortunately, the robber also had a knife.

Store employee Mohammed Shahjahan says he's relieved to hear the accused robber is finally behind bars. He says the physical confrontation happened almost immediately.

"He tried to punch me a couple of times," Shahjahan said.

But what Shahjahan says what you don't see was just seconds before.

"He come to the door, and he holding the gun like that," Shahjahan said.

And in what was perhaps a clumsy moment, Shahjahan says the pistol's magazine fell to the ground. And it wasn't long before the tables turned.

"The clerk fights back and at that time, gains control of the handgun," said Sgt. Tim Scott from the Ogden police department.

Shahjahan says he picked up the gun and hit the robber on the forehead. Arrest records say 20-year-old Michael Ryan Call was struck two times, leaving a gash on the left side of his forehead.

"The suspect was actually injured during the course and commission of this robbery," Scott said. "And what you would call blood trail left the scene."

Valuable DNA evidence picked up last February led detectives to Call on Wednesday night.

"This particular suspect had a DNA profile in the system already," Scott said.

At one point, Shahjahan was able to pull his attacker's hood and mask from his face. He says the man he saw was a regular at the Fast Stop near 28th and Monroe.

"He used to be coming every week in the store," Shahjahan said.

But in the moments after the video, police say Call jumped over the counter trying to open the register. As Shahjahan wrestled with him, he received an injury that left him blind in the left eye.

"Then he just coming in... pulled a knife, and hit it up on my eye," Shahjahan said.

But he says, looking back at what happened, he's just glad things didn't turn out worse.

"That is the true thing, is that I am alive," he said.

Shahjahan says even though it's been tough, he has gone back to work at the convenience store.

Call was arrested Wednesday night on suspicion of armed robbery and aggravated assault.

Police say he got away with only a few packs of cigarettes that night.


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