Victim turns the tables on armed robber

Chalk it up to a win for the good guys, police said.

When cops arrived at a South San Francisco home where an armed robbery was taking place Saturday, they said the victim was taking care of business in his home. He had the thief pinned to the floor, which allowed cops to seize the handgun the suspect was carrying, police said.

The struggle happened around 3:30 a.m. in the 700 block of El Camino Real, police said. The victim’s victory over the thug was witnessed by two children and two women who were also in the residence, they said.

The suspect, 27-year-old Brian O’Rourke, allegedly attempted to rob the victim at gunpoint in the parking lot in front of the residence. The victim, trying to escape, “briefly struggled” with O’Rourke outside, but the fight followed him into the home.

“They continued to struggle and ended up in the room occupied by the other residents,” police said.

When cops arrived, the victim seemed to have the upper hand, police said.

O’Rourke, a South San Francisco resident who works at a bakery, was booked into the county jail in Redwood City on charges of armed robbery, assault with a deadly weapon, false imprisonment and child endangerment, among others. His bail was set at $300,000.

maldax@sfexaminer.com

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