Shop owner refuses to give in to robber’s demands
December 8, 2003
By William Ferchland
Tribune staff writer
Ed Givant wasn’t going to stand for it.
The owner of Stop N Save Gas Liquor Market was working at the counter when a man entered the store Friday morning and demanded money. He mimicked having a gun but his hand was stuffed inside his jacket pocket, Givant said.
“I knew from reading the paper in the past and knew what I was going to do (if I were robbed),” he said.
Givant said the man had a Spanish accent so he asked the would-be robber to repeat his statement. While doing so, Givant picked up the phone, dialed 911 and placed the phone on the counter for the dispatcher to hear.
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“I don’t care,” Givant said. “I’m the type who will not comply. I will fight back. If I get shot, I get shot. I’m tired of being pushed around.”
Givant said he was robbed 25 years ago while working at a coin store in Tarzana. A gun was pointed at his head. He gave the robber the money.
“If you have a gun and showed it to me, I would have complied but followed you out with my own gun,” he said.
Givant saw the suspect get into a car with a waiting driver. He jotted down the license plate number. Three hours after the robbery police arrested 22-year-old Moises Navarro. Navarro was charged with one count of attempted robbery.
The driver was not charged with a crime.
“His buddy claimed he was just driving,” said El Dorado County Assistant District Attorney Hans Uthe.
Since early November, the Road Runner Gas & Liquor in Meyers, Subway sandwich shop and Swiss Mart and American Oil gas stations have been robbed. In most of those robberies a gun has been displayed. Police have told clerks to comply with a robber’s demands.
“Money is not worth getting hurt,” said police Sgt. Alex Schumacher. “That clerk made his own decisions and didn’t give him the money and it worked out in this case.”
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