SANTA ANA (CBSLA) — Police say a suspected robber is recovering from two gunshot wounds as he tried to rob a restaurant in Santa Ana.

And police say the bullets came from a customer in the drive-thru lane.

CBS2’s  Laurie Perez spoke to a witness and sorts out the bizarre story.

The Cozy Corner’s security cameras were rolling at 12:43 Saturday morning when police say a masked man entered the restaurant with a black revolver and demanded money.

He threw a bag at one of the workers and demanded she fill it with cash. Her hands shaking, she filled the bag. As he grabbed the bag, shots rang out.

At least one shot hits the drink machine. Next you see the man turns and he is wounded and falls to the floor.

“Tres balazos,” said witness and restaurant cook Daniel Acevedo. That translates into three bullets.

Detectives marked at least two bullet holes.

Acevedo said the shots came from the drive-thru window. Security video shows a car fleeing into the night onto Harbor Boulevard.

The cook said a man and two women had pulled up to order food at the same time the robber was inside. He does not believe they were together.

“Al mejor el carro quizo ayudar,” Acevedo said, believing the people in the car were trying to help, at best.

Police responded to the scene and found the suspected robber across the street shot twice in the upper body and bleeding.

The suspect was taken to the hospital where he is in stable condition. Police said they also took a woman he was with into custody.

Comments (34)
  1. the shooter will get life, the robber will get welfare, california rules

  2. Rob Green says:

    well … we can figure out why the good Samaritan shooter drove off

  3. junglecogs says:

    Wrong turf, pal.

  4. Eskyman says:

    In the USA, the shooter would get a medal; in California, he’ll be lucky if he doesn’t go to jail. California doesn’t allow self-defence or defense of others, and the 2nd Amendment is not recognized here. (Glad the shooter was a good shot!)

  5. I said “LARGE FRY!!!!” What is wrong with you people???….

  6. May or may not have been related? Diz.

  7. Mike Miller says:


    Brings a new meaning to the term “Takeout window”.


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