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On September 14, a woman was getting a baby out of her vehicle outside a Chick-fil-A in Fort Walton Beach, Florida. A man armed with a stick confronted her and allegedly demanded her keys. The victim cried out as the man wrenched her keys away from her waistband and climbed inside her vehicle. According to deputies, that's when Mykel Gordon ran into action.
Gordon, a Chick-fil-A employee, heard the victim's urgent calls for help and tackled the suspect. Despite catching a punch to the face, Gordon worked to subdue the suspect and was ultimately aided in doing so by other bystanders.
"She had a baby in her hand! How dare you?!" one onlooker shouted at the grounded suspect after Gordon restored order to the scene.
The Okaloosa County sheriff's office tweeted, "A major shout-out to this young man for his courage!"
\u201cIn reference to the FWB Chick-fil-A employee who ran to help a woman with a baby who was being carjacked, we want to say a sincere thank you to Ms. Kelner for providing video of a portion of the encounter. (see prior post). A major shout-out to this young man for his courage!\u201d— OkaloosaSheriff (@OkaloosaSheriff) 1663191086
According to the Okaloosa County sheriff's office, the suspect, identified as 43-year-old William Branch of DeFuniak Springs, was charged with carjacking with a weapon and battery. Branch reportedly had been involved in another incident before making his carjacking attempt.
Matthew Sexton, operator of the Chick-fil-A, told CNN he was grateful for his "amazing Team Member, Mykel Gordon, who so selflessly jumped in to intervene and help our Guests." Sexton noted further that he "couldn't be prouder of his incredible act of care."
Earlier this year, the American Customer Satisfaction Index reported that Chick-fil-A, a Christian-owned company, was America's favorite restaurant for the eighth consecutive year. Upon the publication of the ACSI's results in July, a spokesman for the restaurant told Fox News Digital: "Every day, our restaurant Team Members go above and beyond each day to create a friendly, welcoming place to visit."
The restaurant chain has a reputation for supporting the institution of marriage, closing on Sundays to "honor God and directing our attention to things that mattered more than business," and perhaps now for a gallant employee in Fort Walton Beach as well.
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Joseph MacKinnon is a staff writer for Blaze News.