It could be one of the best lines ever by a city worker who’s credited with foiling a would-be robbery at a convenience store — a rookie sanitation worker (garbage man) transitioning into a new career after serving as a U.S. Marine. When asked about his stepping up to take down the assailant, the fast-acting worker quipped: “This was just another day taking out the trash.”
The New York Daily News reports on the quick thinking and decisive action by 44-year-old Curtis Jackson of Brooklyn, who said his instincts took over when he saw a man with his hand in his pocket as though holding onto a gun. Jackson reportedly charged the man, took him to the floor, and kept him pinned until police arrived at the Manhattan 7-11 store.
“The weapon in assailant Nicholas Mecina’s pocket turned out to be a marker, but Jackson wrestled the 47-year-old homeless man to the ground while his partner called 911.”
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The two city workers told the newspaper they had stopped in the store to use the restroom. But their intent to “rest” turned into an assist in an arrest, as you can see from clicking above to watch a cellphone video of the incident.