Quick Thinking Leads To Armed Robbery Arrest

By: Kendra Potter Email
By: Kendra Potter Email

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.

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  • by Potater on Mar 30, 2012 at 06:19 AM
    Delorean Speaks? The age is about right. I want my 1.21 gigawatts! In a beetle that probably can't get to 88 mph.
  • by bron on Mar 30, 2012 at 05:13 AM
    Silver Beetle as a getaway car? Oh my.
  • by bill Location: csc on Mar 30, 2012 at 02:58 AM
    Warren Peace has no clue.
  • by Warren Peace Location: COS on Mar 29, 2012 at 09:20 PM
    Let me get this straight, somebody called 911, and you're saying somebody answered the call? And then, and this is even more astounding, you're saying that the cops reacted and did something? I am shocked--SHOCKED!--that the cops actually did something! When is the last time that happened?
  • by D.1 Location: Here on Mar 29, 2012 at 06:59 PM
    Well this guys first mistake was showing up to a robbery in a vw bug. Im glad everyone is mostly ok and this a hole was caught before he got away with it unpunished. And great job to the owner for her quick thinking and actions
  • by Anonymous on Mar 29, 2012 at 06:56 PM
    A jerk thug in a VW bug!
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      by Anonymous on Mar 29, 2012 at 06:58 PM in reply to Anonymous
      I'm thankful everyone's okay.
  • by Rick Location: Pueblo West on Mar 29, 2012 at 03:11 PM
    I know the owner and employees of this store. What a great job they did, along with the Pueblo Police to catch this idiot. I just hope he gets more than he deserves!
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      by Warren Peace on Mar 29, 2012 at 09:21 PM in reply to Rick
      Why would you want him to get "more than he deserves?" Isn't that ridiculously harsh? Why wouldn't you want him to get exactly what he deserves?
  • by cobra Location: pueblo on Mar 29, 2012 at 12:21 PM
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      by fish on Mar 30, 2012 at 10:29 PM in reply to cobra
      I know this woman and her employees--and I can't imagine what these women went thru... major KUDOS to you Robin!!!!
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