NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana (WDSU) – A teen on a job interview at a Popeyes in New Orleans gave a job-clinching performance when he stopped a robbery in progress.
The thief grabbed cash from a register and was trying to get away when 18-year-old Devin Washington jumped in to help as a female manager tried to block the would be robber from leaving.
“The only thing I remember is me getting him and putting his hand behind his back. That’s all. Washington said, “I wasn’t scared or nervous or anything like that. I just got up and did it.”
He said all he saw was a woman in need of help.
“I was thinking like it could be my mama. It could be anybody’s mama, so you have to protect somebody.”
The gentle giant held the robber in an arm-lock until police arrived.
“He was like trying to get loose, trying to put up a fight with me, and I was just holding him there,” Washington said.
Washington’s former football coach and mentor Michael Franklin said, “When we heard that it was him, I just rushed out the house and I got here just to support him.”
Franklin said it came as no surprise that the defensive end came to the rescue because Washington has jumped in to break up school fights a number of times.
“Most times the fight that he has interceded in, they thought that he was actually the one involved in the fight just because he’s so massive, he’s so big, he’s 6 foot 4 inches, Franklin said.
At the end of the interview Washington walked away with a job, and the thief was arrested and charged with simple robbery.
“Just thinking about it, I could be hurt, shot or anything. I’m happy that nothing bad happened to me,” Washington said.