ESCAMBIA COUNTY, FL – Earlier in September, a shotgun-toting suspect entered a convenience store in Escambia County, where the individual appeared to have a change of heart and ostensibly opted to abandon his robbery plot when faced with the convenience store clerk’s own firearm.

The incident reportedly occurred at a convenience store located along the 4000-block of North Pace Boulevard on September 9th, when a suspect, identified as 32-year-old Rakim Stephen Tate, entered the establishment while casually carrying a shotgun.

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Unbeknownst to Tate, the clerk inside of the convenience store had already observed Tate arming himself with the shotgun before entering the store, and went to the backroom to retrieve his own firearm.

As Tate wanders into the establishment, he begins to nonchalantly browse around as the clerk has yet to reemerge from the backroom – but when the clerk does come into the fold, the suspect appears to be taken off guard at the sight of a firearm pointed at him.

When the suspect observes the firearm, he at first says, “What’s cracking, bro,” yet the clerk wasn’t in the mood to play dumb. After Tate realized the clerk wasn’t messing around, he responds with, “Alright, I feel you bro.”

Despite bearing a large shotgun, Tate claimed before the armed clerk, “I don’t mean no harm, I’m just not from around here.” In light of the absurd assertion of meaning “no harm,” the clerk asked the suspect what he was carrying in his right hand, to which Tate responded with, “I got a big [expletives muted] gun, but I’m not from around here is what I’m saying. I’m from Chicago bro. And I don’t know [expletive] around here outside.”

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Still facing the firearm from the clerk, Tate attempted to strike up some small talk with the clerk, complementing the clerk’s firearm with, “I see your [expletive] though. What’s that?”

Again, the clerk wasn’t playing along with whatever ruse Tate was attempting to craft, and told the suspect to leave the store. The suspect did comply with the request.

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In a statement provided by the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office regarding the incident, Tate’s odd attempt at small talk with the clerk was rightfully mocked, with the sheriff’s office noting, “He then fumbles for words, resorting to meaningless babble about being from Chicago. Words seem to fail you when your felony attempt is thwarted by lawful and righteous force.”

Tate was reportedly apprehended by authorities in Santa Rosa County on September 15th, with officials quipping at the news of his arrest with, “You’re not in Chicago anymore; you’re under arrest.” The firearm allegedly used during the incident, identified as a Benelli shotgun, was also recovered at the time of his arrest. The suspect has since been charged with openly carrying a prohibited weapon and attempted robbery with a firearm.

This piece was written by Gregory Hoyt on September 28, 2022. It originally appeared on and is used with permission.

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