Two sub shop workers were kidnapped and held at knife point Wednesday night, but they somehow managed to outsmart the suspect.
They're both just teenagers, and one is being called a hero for what he managed to pull off.
That hero is a 17-year-old football player at Higley High School. He and his co-worker were getting ready to close up for the night when that suspect, who was actually a former co-worker of theirs, walked in.
"We were just closing up, getting ready to start closing," says Paul Cappello.
Around 9 p.m. Wednesday, 24-year-old Albert James Clark walked into the Gilbert sub shop, according to police.
Cappello and his co-worker Dash Sandecki were behind the counter. They made Clark a sandwich and told him it was on the house -- but they couldn't believe what happened next.
"He just pulled out a knife said I'll take $15," Cappello says. "I was just confused, didn't know if he was serious, he liked to joke around a lot."
Cappello then saw that Clark had zip ties with him, ad realized he was serious.
"We tried to convince him we're not going to call the cops, our plan was to call police after he left but he wouldn't leave."
All three piled into Cappello's truck.
"He really wanted to smoke some Spice so we drove to some smoke shops."
Cappello had no idea the whole time his co-worker's mom was tracing their steps with a navigation system on her cell phone. Dash managed to send her a text telling her they were being robbed.
Once they finally ended up at a gas station near Power and Germaine, the boys took matters into his own hands.
"Dash just made an executive decision as soon as we walked out the door, got him in a choke hold, and I called police."
His mom arrived around the same time as police. Cappello is just glad his friend made the decision to take Clark down.
"Dash, he's a pretty good guy, he's a hero saved us from a bad situation."
And as you can imagine, the parents of both victims are just stunned by what their kids went through, but relieved both are safe.
Clark faces charges of suspicion of kidnapping and armed robbery.