Illinois woman fears the worst after foiled subway robbery
An incident last week in Rockford made national headlines. And, like other headlines on Rockford, it’s not particularly for the best reason.
On September 5, 2021, a man entered the Subway restaurant at 1120 East State Street with the intention of robbing the place. The incident escalated in the haste. The worker decided to fight him.
The thief entered the restaurant where Araceli Sotelo worked alone. He demanded all of her money and she explained that she did not have any. He didn’t like that answer and shouted, “Give me everything before I hurt you!”
Sotelo, the Subway employee, assessed hers and thought she could take matters into her own hands, and a fight broke out. Then started to show his gun.
Here is what followed, according to what she told MyStateline,
He let it drop trying to hold my purse, and I end up taking off his sweatshirt and I was like “show your face, show your face, you’re in front of the camera” and he was like ” here you can get your purse, just give me my things back. He wanted me to give him back his gun and his clothes. Said Sotelo. “I just hit him on the head with it, that’s what he told me. was doing. “
Here are some pictures of a security camera, shared on Twitter.
There are a lot of developing dramas related to this story, so much so that it caught the attention of TMZ, who interviewed Sotelo.
In the interview, she shares details about her fears of the criminal, who stole her person and identity documents, coming to her house and injuring her. She also says she receives no support from the local metro management.
She was suspended after the images appeared on social media, in which she claims she did not participate. She says she was suspended indefinitely until everything was completely removed from the internet. We all know that at that time that is not possible.
She, Araceli Sotelo, thinks the metro she works for wanted everything to be deleted so the company wouldn’t find out.
The owner of this particular location did not return calls from local media however, Subway Headquarters issued a statement to TMZ but ignored the suspension of the young woman.
We are deeply concerned about the recent incident at a franchise establishment in Rockford, Illinois. The owner and management of the restaurant are cooperating fully with the police investigation, and we ask that you be patient until this process is completed.
Watch his interview with TMZ here.