You always wonder how you’d react in a situation like this. A local business owner now knows she can keep her cool, even with a crazed armed robber in her face, threatening her employees.
She’s actually being credited with getting the robber behind bars.
“The whole thing was just unreal. It didn’t seem real at first until the gun was pointed at me and then all the sudden it was like 'do whatever he says,'” said Robin Sigl.
Sigl, owner of Flowerama, says after the robber violently threatened her employees with a gun, she wanted to make sure he didn’t get away with it.
The armed robbery happened Thursday morning at the Flowerama off Lake Avenue in Pueblo.
It was a traumatizing 30 seconds that felt like an eternity for employees. An armed robber rushed in demanding money.
"All I saw was a man in black with a black mask. And it was just frightening...I saw the gun, and he pointed the gun at me and started screaming, 'Where's the money?' and some obscenities. That's when it became real for me,” said Sigl.
The masked gunman quickly fled with hundreds of dollars in cash. But not before violently making sure he got what he came for. As he forced his way to the back office, he pushed female employees out of the way, waved the gun in their faces, and physically hurt one worker.
"He grabbed one of the girls, and he hit her on the head and shook her around by her hair, and pushed her down to the ground,” said Sigl.
Actions against her worker the flower shop owner couldn’t tolerate.
"I was just so angry that I thought 'I have to get him, he can't get away,' even though he had the gun,” said Sigl.
She followed him outside the store, cautiously spotting his car and memorizing the license plate number.
“That’s when he turned and he saw me...so I ran away, afraid he might shoot me,” said Sigl.
But she kept the license plate number in her head.
“I kept saying it over and over, and I ran into the building, and when I got in there the girls were on the phone with police at that point. And I could give them the information immediately,” said Sigl.
Thanks to their quick actions, police were able to track down the silver Volkswagen Beetle and make an arrest in about 20 minutes.
Officers set up at the address listed for the vehicle in Pueblo West. Others set up at Pueblo Boulevard and Highway 50W to watch for it. An officer followed the car and confirmed the plate number. They arrested him as he pulled into a convenience store.
At gunpoint they arrested 27-year-old Delorean Speaks. Three witnesses from the scene identified the robber that took his mask off before fleeing in his car.
He was booked into the Pueblo County Detention Center on charges of aggravated robbery and a parole violation.
Investigators say after searching his vehicle, they found a BB or pellet gun, cash and a mask.
Police tell 11 News that having the license plate number and car description were crucial in catching the suspect.