A brave young employee of a Florida Chick-Fil-A prevented a carjacking on Wednesday afternoon after attacking a man who snatched the car keys from a woman with a baby, police say .
The fast-food chain worker sprang into action when he heard the woman screaming for help in the parking lot of the Fort Walton Beach restaurant, the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office said.
The office said William Branch, 43, ran towards the woman as she pulled her baby out of her car in the Beal Parkway parking lot.
He allegedly demanded that she hand over her keys, while brandishing a baton, the sheriff’s office said.
Branch, of DeFuniak Springs, allegedly stole the keys straight from the woman’s trouser belt, opened her car door and walked inside.
The woman screamed and the unnamed employee ran, according to the sheriff.
Branch reportedly punched the worker in the face, but that didn’t stop him.
Dramatic video from the scene shows the employee and Branch rolling on the sidewalk in the parking lot as the woman holding her baby screams for someone to help her.
The Chick-fil-A worker pushed Branch to the ground and grabbed his head as his co-workers rushed to help hold him down, video shot by a witness shows.
Branch can then be seen sitting on the sidewalk while the employee presses on his shoulder to hold him down.
Another woman, also holding a baby, yells at Branch, according to the video.
“She had a baby in her hands, how dare you?!” she said, scolding him. “How dare you scare him like that?”
Employees detained Branch until police arrived. They said he was involved in another unspecified incident shortly before the carjacking attempt, according to the sheriff’s office.
The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office arrested Branch at the scene and charged him with carjacking with a weapon and battery.
The office thanked the employee for his courage.
“Congratulations to this young man for his courage!” he wrote on Facebook.
New York Post