ST. LOUIS (KSDK) - A local teenager faced down an armed robber and in the process, saved his coworkers from a very dangerous situation.
Deddrick Greene, 17, works at the McDonald's at Natural Bridge and Kingshighway in north St. Louis. On April 30, a man robbed the restaurant at gunpoint.
Greene could've run away, but instead he decided to do what most probably wouldn't.
Greene was working the drive-thru when an armed robber demanded money from the front register.
"We all thought it was a joke so we continued working," Greene said.
But witnesses say the robber was serious. He was pointing a gun at a young woman behind the counter, threatening to kill her.
Customers and employees ran for the doors. And Greene was on his way out, too. He was almost to an exit at the rear of the restaurant, when he suddenly stopped and headed back into the face of danger.
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"If something would've happened to her, I would've felt that it was on my conscience because I knew a code and I knew I could've opened the drawers," Greene said.
And that's exactly what he did. The robber ran off, cash in hand, but was surrounded by police a few minutes later. The suspect, 21 year-old Deonte Phillips, was shot when he allegedly turned the gun on officers.
Greene says facing the gunman was terrifying.
"I was just scared that he was going to shoot me because I watch movies and they normally shoot people after they rob them. So I was nervous of that," he said.
But because of his bravery, nobody at the restaurant was hurt. And Greene's coworkers are having a little fun with their gratitude.
"Some people said I deserved an Oscar and some said I deserved all the money," Greene said. "That's pretty much it. But they did say thank you."
Greene is going to be honored at the McDonald's Ultimate Cardinals Experience event at Busch Stadium on May 28. The Cardinals take on the Yankees that day and tickets sold for the event help raise money for scholarships through the United Negro College Fund.
You can find more information here: http://mcdonaldsstl.com/community/ultimate-cardinals-experience/.