Harrisburg, Pennsylvania — Daneurys Santo, 19, is a store clerk who works at a Madera Bros. Mini Market owned and operated by his family at 19th and Park streets. On Aug. 19th at 8:40 PM, both he and his mother were in the store — he was behind the counter and his mother was stocking shelves for tomorrow’s customers. It was the ending of an uneventful day when things took a sudden turn for the worse.
While ringing up a customer, a masked robber rushed into the store pointing a gun directly at Santo’s face and demanding money. The would-be robber first made the demand in English and then in Spanish, Santo said.
But instead of handing over any cash, Santo pulled out a shotgun he kept under the counter and gave the robber some hot lead. The robber, knowing he was out-gunned, quickly ran out the store empty-handed.
Police arrived moments later and found a trail of blood leading away from the store.
Santo said this is the second time the store was robbed in a year. In the first incident, Santo’s mother was working the counter and the robber stole $600. Determined not to be victimized again, they purchased the shotgun and had it hidden under the counter — which proved to be quit handy.
The would-be robber is still at large and police currently have no leads on a suspect. Anyone with any information can call the Dauphin County emergency dispatch at 717-558-6900 or share an anonymous tip via the Dauphin County Crime Watch website.
Dauphin County Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of up to $2,000 for information leading to an arrest.