UPDATE: Andy's Ace Hardware armed robbery suspect stopped by store's security team

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ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - Update - June 19, 2:30 p.m.:
On June 17, at 4:33 p.m., Anchorage police responded to a robbery and shooting at Ace Hardware Store, on Muldoon Road.

When police arrived to the scene, the suspect, 45-year-old William McCann, was already in handcuffs and had sustained two gunshot wounds to the torso.

According to an APD Nixle alert, the store security guard told police that he shot the suspect twice. Additionally, he handed over his gun to officers.

APD says McCann was driven to the hardware store, in a Ford Bronco, by an unidentified suspect.

Upon entering the store, McCann, who was wearing a mask, allegedly used a gun to demanded money from a cash register.

Police say he shot at the register "multiple times," before stealing an "undisclosed amount of money."

After exiting the store, McCann began getting into the Ford Bronco. And this point, APD says the store's security guard followed McCann and told him to stop.

According to the Nixle alert, McCann fired the first shot at the security guard. After this initial shot, the two men then exchanged gunfire.

Police say McCann was shot twice, the store security guard was not shot, and the Ford Bronco driver sped away.

McCann was initially transported to the hospital, but he was later arrested, upon his release, on Sunday.

According to the Nixle alert, McCann is charged with assault, misconduct involving weapons and theft - all in the third degree - as well as robbery in the first degree and reckless endangerment.

The stolen Ace Hardware Store money was recovered by APD.

Currently, Anchorage police have found the Ford Bronco; however, the driver's identity and whereabouts are still unknown.

If you have any information regarding this case, APD requests that you contact Police Dispatch at (907) 786-8900.

Original Story - June 17, 5:20 p.m.:
On Saturday, a family business was hit by an attempted armed robber, in the end to no avail, in part due to a store security team member who took down the alleged criminal with two shots to the torso.

"I wish that criminals couldn't get away with what they're doing in our homes, in our businesses," says Andy's Ace Hardware owner Stephanie Van Ness. "They should be held to a punishment, if they commit a crime."

Van Ness says Andy's Ace Hardware is a family business that's been around for decades. And while she has heard of a lot of stories about crimes across town, she had always hoped it wouldn't make it into her shop.

"At first it was an average day helping customers," Van Ness says. "And then we heard a loud noise, which we thought was something falling. But then, we got out here and heard more shots that we found out later was gunfire."

APD was then called to Andy's Ace Hardware, on Muldoon Road, in response to reports of shots fired in the area.

At the store, police found an injured suspect and a damaged cash register. Staff members say the suspect had tried to steal money from the register.

Van Ness says the suspect walked into Andy's Ace Hardware that afternoon and immediately began demanding access to the cash register.

When the cashier said the register couldn't be opened without a transaction taking place, Van Ness says the man fired several shots into the register itself, breaking it open.

The man fled, but was taken down by a security guard who fired two shots that hit the man in the shoulder and torso.

"He came outside, after the suspect had left the store," said Sgt. Jeremy Conkling of APD. "The suspect was going for what we assume was a getaway vehicle, and that's when he was confronted, and shot, by security."

The man accused of the robbery was transported to a local hospital.

Shortly after the shooting, police say the suspect's identity, and the identity of the person driving the vehicle that fled, are not yet known.



 
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