Teen “Raised the Right Way” Lands Job at Popeyes After Stopping Robber During Interview

Devin Washington (center) surrounded by his coaches and mentors, Wesley Heath (left) and Michael Franklin (right) COURTESY WESLEY HEATH
Devin Washington (center) surrounded by his coaches and mentors, Wesley Heath (left) and Michael Franklin (right)
COURTESY WESLEY HEATH

18-year-old Devin Washington was just looking for a job on Saturday when he went to interview at a New Orleans Popeyes restaurant. He got the job – but also became a hero when he thwarted an alleged robbery mid-interview.

According to a statement from New Orleans police, the suspect, Pablo Ciscart, 50, allegedly asked the cashier to give him change of a bill and then grabbed money from the open register before bolting for the door. As he approached the door, Ciscart allegedly tried to push the store manager out of the way, but Washington, a former high school football player who is 6 ft. 5 in., 297 lbs., according to his coach, cut him off and engulfed him in what police describe as a “reverse bear hug.”

Ciscart allegedly dropped the cash while Washington restrained him for several minutes until police arrived, the statement says.

Ciscart was arrested and charged with simple robbery and fugitive attachment; police learned he had a warrant from St. Bernard Parish for a similar alleged crime, the statement says. (Information about his plea or whether he has retained an attorney was unavailable as of press time.)

And Washington?

“They told me, ‘You got the job,’ ” he recalls to PEOPLE in a Monday interview during his first shift. “And today, I start.”

Of his Good Samaritan heroics, he says, “It just happened. In my head I wasn’t worried about it. I was just trying to calm the situation.”

He adds: “It was the right thing for me to do because I was raised the right way.”

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SOURCE: People – Greg Hanlon