Security guard, 70, attacked in Walmart parking lot
A 70-year-old security guard in uniform fought back against an attacker that tried to rob him at gunpoint.
Doyle Robling has had some close calls in his life, but nothing like his run-in with a gunman Thursday afternoon. As he closed his car door leaving Walmart on US 31 South, someone suddenly pulled his car door open.
"He got down real low here and he yanked it open and had a gun and then we got in a scuffle," Robling said.
Even after explaining he had no cash, Robling feared getting shot. Despite the gun, he continued the scuffle with his attacker, just a few feet from Walmart's front door.
"Broad daylight, fifth parking spot from the main entrance to the grocery store," Robling said.
In the midst of the struggle, Robling's driver's side window got shattered and has since been repaired. He says eventually, the attacker jumped into a car and sped away.
But one eyewitness led police to 43-year-old Anthony Spencer, because she wrote down the license plate.
Robling says what surprised him is not only did it happen in broad daylight, but right in front of other shoppers.
"The one lady saw me put my stuff in the car and she was sitting there waiting to take my parking spot," he said.
Since Robling was attacked wearing his security guard uniform, he says that's reason enough to warn other shoppers not to let their guard down.
"I've called my neighbors and told them to be cautious if they go up there, of course it's any store this time of year. It can happen anyplace," he said. "To me, it is 'NQB'...not quite bright."
Robling is relieved police made an arrest, so no one else has to have the same experience.
Police reports indicate Spencer may have been carrying a BB gun during the attempted robbery. Officers also found marijuana in Spencer's possession.