Paramus costume store employee shoots down potential thief in robbery

PARAMUS, NJ – A salesperson at a Paramus clothing store is credited with foiling a robbery attempt this week after the employee attacked a gunman and prevented his escape while police were on the way.

Police said a 29-year-old man from New Milford walked into the Suit Store Outlet on Route 4 and walked to the register and announced he was going to make a withdrawal, a spokesperson said from the Paramus Police Department to the local media.

The suspect, who has been identified as Kevin D. Howe, asked a clerk to return all the cash from the cash register to him. Howe was wearing a mask and gloves but did not indicate that he had a gun at the time.

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But after handing over the suspicious money masked from the cash register, the cashier – who has not been identified – “made a teardown” on Howe and pinned him to the ground. The clerk then put the suspect in an armband and held him to the ground until police could arrive, NJ.com reported.

According to police, Howe said he had a gun and police later discovered the suspect had a .38 pistol in his sweatshirt pocket.

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Howe has been charged with first degree theft and several weapons charges, the report said.

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