By Alexandria Hoff

CAMDEN COUNTY, N.J. (CBS)—A store patron’s quick actions help thwart an armed robbery on Wednesday.

It happened just before 2 a.m. at a Wawa located in the 600 block of Cross Keys Road in Sicklerville.

Police say the suspect, identified as Alexander Ray, entered the store demanding employees to get on the ground while holding a handgun.

As Ray walked toward the register, police say a customer named Darryl tackled the suspect.

“Ray did not drop the weapon and pistol whipped Darryl in an attempt to escape,” said police in a news release.

The altercation continued outside the store just was officers arrived.

Ray is being charged with robbery, aggravated assault and weapons offenses.

“He was trying to apologize…and can I please let him go? Well you hit me with a gun, busted my eye, tried to rob the place…I cant let ya go,” Darryl  tells CBS3.

“Them ladies, they wake up every day they come to work with their families expecting them to come home, same with me,” he adds.

No employees were injured in the incident.

Police say Darryl was treated for lacerations on his face and numerous bruises on his body.

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