IHOP waiter with black belt takes down would-be robber

IHop waiter and third-degree black belt Elijah Arnold helped stop a robbery at his San Antonio restaurant Oct. 12 (WOAI Photo)
IHop waiter and third-degree black belt Elijah Arnold helped stop a robbery at his San Antonio restaurant Oct. 12 (WOAI Photo)

SAN ANTONIO, Texas (WOAI) — An IHOP waiter and third-degree black belt went from serving pancakes to serving up justice on a would-be robber Thursday.

Waiter and martial arts enthusiasts Elijah Arnold said when the group of three walked into the San Antonio, Texas, restaurant, something just didn’t seem right.

“When I stepped into the galley, I just got that feeling where I needed to wait and listen,” Arnold said.

Five to 10 minutes later, he heard the cash register pop.

“That’s really the sound that haunts me because that’s the sound that put me into action,” Arnold said. “I like, ran up. He like, swung the crowbar at me. I blocked with my left arm, I hit him with my right hand and I pulled him to the ground,” Arnold recalls.

He held the suspect down until police arrived. Police are looking for the man and woman who were with the alleged robber.

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