CORPUS CHRISTI — Sometimes the worst moments in life bring out the best in people, and that was certainly the case this morning at a Times Market store on the city's south side.
The convenience store is located on the 6400 block of Weber. The owner was the victim of a robbery attempt around 8:30 a.m.
But in this case, the victim and some of her customers turned the tables on the would-be robber.
Sunni and Daniel Wunderlich are regular customers and their visit this morning seemed like just another normal day. But when they got there, they knew right away something was wrong.
The woman in charge of the store, known to them as Miss Ann, came running out of the store.
"She just said, 'help, help' and she fell on the floor, and she had a cut on her eye." said Sunni Wunderlich.
Miss Ann was running from a man armed with a knife. He tried to rob her, but Miss Ann ran out and locked him inside the store.
The nightmare encounter didn't end there, because the suspect kicked his way out. Miss Ann was cut when the door hit her in the head.
"He tripped because he kicked the door open. He fell on the floor and my husband and another guy took off running after him," said Sunni Wunderlich.
Then, Sunni's husband and another man tried to stop the suspect.
"I was yelling, 'you'd better stop, you'd better stop. I'm going to catch you, I'm going find out where you are,'" said Danny Wunderlich.
Then the chase took a dangerous turn.
"With the knife in his hand, I got to arms reach of him but then he turned around and tried to swing it," said Danny Wunderlich.
Danny lost track of the suspect when he ran into a nearby apartment complex. He says it's a good thing he didn't catch the guy.
"She's a nice lady, she didn't deserve that," said Danny Wunderlich. "If I could have caught up to him, for him doing that to a lady, I probably would have put a beating on him.
But for Sunny and Danny, a normal day turned into a lesson for others.
"Treat people the way you want to be treated," said Sunni Wonderlich.
Danny Wunderlich tells KRIS 6 he wasn't concerned about his safety, because he's a veteran and says he was trained for this type of situation during his time in the army infantry.
At last report, police were still looking for the suspect.
As for Miss Ann, apart from that cut and the frightening encounter, Danny and Sunni say she's doing okay.