Wild Video Shows Chick-Fil-A Employee Tackling an Alleged Carjacker

Via Screenshot from Video on Twitter

CHICK-FIL-AHERO WORKER THWARTS ALLEGED CARJACKING… With Wild MMA Takedown – TMZ

A Chick-fil-A worker rushed to the aid of a woman and baby during an attempted carjacking in Florida. Forty-Three-Year-Old William Branch has been charged with carjacking and battery by the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office.

Branch approached the woman as she was getting her baby out of her vehicle at a Chick-fil-A location.  Branch held a stick as he demanded the woman’s keys, according to police.

Branch then helped himself and grabbed the woman’s car keys from her waistband; Branch then opened her car door and hopped inside.

It was reported that the woman then started screaming. Her screams got the Chick-fil-A employee’s attention, who rushed to her aide. The employee then wrestled Branch to the ground. Authorities were called and arrived on the scene where Branch was arrested.

The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office tweeted regarding the Chick-fil-A employee, “A major shout-out to this young man for his courage!”

Many others on social media commented as well. One stated, “This hero needs national attention and a reward” another tweeted, “If I’ve said once, I’ve said it a hundred times: Chick-fil-A has the best customer service around.” Another tweet supports him being rewarded, “HIS SELFLESSNESS SHOULD BE REWARDED…. BIG TIME!!!”

More and more carjackings have been in the news and that is for good reason.  According to the National Desk, carjackings and car thefts have increased across the US significantly in recent years. NICB data gives specific numbers showing auto thefts increased by 16.5% nationwide since 2019.

NICB’s President and CEO David Glawe said as reported by the National Desk, “A disturbing subplot to these bleak numbers is that many carjackings are often committed in furtherance of other serious violent crimes, and many carjackings are committed by juveniles — some as young as 11 years old,”

According to police, the Chick-Fil-A employee was punched during the struggle but was not seriously injured.

For more coverage on this story, check out the additional news sources:

https://www.foxnews.com/us/florida-chick-fil-a-employee-saves-screaming-woman-with-baby-would-carjacking Fox News

https://www.wfla.com/news/florida/chick-fil-a-worker-stops-carjacking-outside-florida-restaurant-deputies-say/ WFLA

https://www.wane.com/news/chick-fil-a-employee-stops-carjacking-in-florida-authorities-say/ WANE

https://www.tmz.com/2022/09/14/chick-fil-a-worker-thwarts-attempted-carjacking-mma-takedown/ TMZ

 

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