An off-duty security guard subdued an alleged robber at Dorchester store — and it was caught on camera

The guard told a local news station the situation was "a normal day of work for me."

After an alleged attempted robbery in a Dorchester store failed, a suspect’s dash to the door was thwarted by an off-duty security guard.

Boston police officers responded to a radio call for a robbery in progress at a 7-Eleven store at 730 Morrissey Boulevard around 12:36 a.m. on Sunday, according to a statement.

A witness told officers that when the cash register opened, a man lunged over the counter and tried to take money out of it, police said.

Surveillance footage caught the incident on camera, authorities said. The suspect’s attempt was unsuccessful “as a bystander and off-duty security guard physically restrained him until units … arrived on scene,” police said.


In the video obtained by WHDH, the security guard can be seen confronting the suspect and putting him in a head lock.

The guard, who works as a bouncer at nightclubs, told the news station the situation was “a normal day of work for me.”

“I do security. I carry a badge. I pay attention to detail, that’s all,” the guard, who wasn’t identified, said. “You just pay attention, watch your surroundings.”

According to police, the suspect, a 38-year-old Weymouth man, was charged with attempted larceny and disorderly conduct.

At his arraignment hearing Monday, his attorney said he struggles with substance abuse and relapsed before the alleged attempted robbery, WHDH reports.


A judge ordered him to enroll in a substance abuse treatment program and to stay away from the store, according to the news outlet.

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