Good Samaritan tries to thwart robbery at ATM - FOX 13 News

Good Samaritan tries to thwart robbery at ATM

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GULFPORT (FOX 13) -

When Helen Black went up to a Wells Fargo ATM on 49th Street South Wednesday, the last thing on her mind was trouble. But after getting her cash, trouble found her.

"He was right in my face before I knew what was going on. He said ‘I need that,' " Black said, meaning the cash in her hand.

She was robbed at 10:30 in the morning, and the thief didn't get away with a large amount of money.

"He started pulling the $20 out of my fingers, and I kept pulling tighter," Black said.

It turns out 29-year-old Artimus Sanders was in the right place at the right time. Despite being outsized by the bad guy, he decided he couldn't just stand by without helping.

"I chased him down into a closed off area. He tried to jump the fence -- I grabbed him down," Sanders said.

The two started wrestling on the ground.

The suspect, described as a black male, nearly 6 feet tall with a gray afro, eventually wound up getting away after threatening to use a knife on Sanders.

Sanders says despite the risks, he would do it all again, helping a woman he'd never even met.

"The world is corrupt. People don't help out anymore, but I'm one of those people, if I see someone that needs help, I'm going to stop and help," he said.

"He was a wonderful young man to try to help me," Black said.

"She was saying, you're my hero, so I feel really good, I'm somebody's hero," Sanders said with a smile.

If you have any information about the case you're asked to call the Gulfport Police right away.

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