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Moment gun-wielding robber is chased out of petrol station by ‘heroic’ worker armed with a stool

Moment gun-wielding robber is chased out of petrol station by ‘heroic’ worker armed with a STOOL

  • Gun-wielding Tyrone Roach, 29, faces prison term after his attempted robbery  
  • Roach targeted a Newcastle petrol station but was chased out by a staff member 
  • CCTV shows male employee grabbing stool and charging at the armed robber

This is the moment a brave petrol station worker used a stool to chase off a gun-wielding thug who tried to rob him.

Tyrone Roach, 29, faces a lengthy prison sentence after being convicted of attempted armed robbery at Newcastle Crown Court. 

CCTV footage shows the moment a masked Roach bursts through into Gulf petrol station shop in Chapel House, Newcastle, last July and storms towards the counter.  

Armed robber Tyrone Roach, 29, faces a lengthy prison sentence after he was convicted of attempted robbery at Newcastle Crown Court

He proceeds to pull a gun from his pocket and aims it through the safety glass at a male member of staff.

But, to his surprise, the brave employee responds by picking up a blue stool and charging at the gunman, who turns round and runs out.  

The footage switches to a camera outside the petrol station shop as Roach flees and the stool-wielding employee chases out after him.

Northumbria Police released the 20-second footage of Roach bursting into the petrol station in Hillhead Parkway after his conviction. They heaped praise on the unnamed employee, describing his actions as ‘heroic’. 

In the 20-second clip, a masked and hooded Roach points a gun at the shopkeeper and gestures towards the till at the Gulf petrol station shop in Chapel House, Newcastle

In the 20-second clip, a masked and hooded Roach points a gun at the shopkeeper and gestures towards the till at the Gulf petrol station shop in Chapel House, Newcastle

CCTV footage from last July shows the moment the 'heroic' petrol station employee chased off gun-wielding Tyrone Roach with a blue stool (pictured)

CCTV footage from last July shows the moment the ‘heroic’ petrol station employee chased off gun-wielding Tyrone Roach with a blue stool (pictured)

The court was told how Roach had charged into the petrol station store on July 17.

Police identified and later arrested the suspect using CCTV evidence and DNA found on a discarded face mask close to the scene.

Roach, of Deighton Walk, East Denton, was convicted of attempted robbery by a jury on Friday, May 21.

Roach is forced to flee the scene in fear after his attempted robbery

The 'brave' and 'heroic' employee used a blue stool to defend himself

Roach is forced to flee the scene in fear after being chased by a ‘brave’ and ‘heroic’ employee who used a blue stool to defend himself

Detective Sergeant Mark Atherton, of Northumbria Police, said: ‘This would have been a terrifying confrontation for the staff member at this petrol station and his response was heroic.

‘While we would never encourage anyone to fight back against an armed criminal we do think it is right to recognise this victim’s bravery.

‘He refused to hand over money and instead stood up to the thief who was so shocked that he immediately turned and fled the scene.’

Roach faces sentencing at Newcastle Crown Court on June 6. 

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