Fort Myers, Florida -- A would-be robber is recovering after being sent to the hospital by the people he tried to rob.
Shortly before 1 p.m. on Thursday, the Fort Myers Police Department responded to a call from victims of a robbery who were currently restraining 16-year-old Adrian Mangual-Ayala after he tried to rob them at gunpoint.
Reportedly, the two victims were cashing a check at the Penny Saver when Mangual-Ayala asked them for a ride home. The victims agreed and he got in the backseat of their car.
While the victims were driving Mangual-Ayala home he pointed a gun at the driver's head and threatened to kill them if they did not give him money.
The driver threw his money at Mangual-Ayala while the passenger jumped into the backseat to disarm him.
The struggle spilled out of the car where the victims were able to successfully restrain Mangual-Ayala until police arrived.
Mangual-Ayala was transported to Lee Memorial Hospital for injuries sustained during the struggle with the victims. After Mangual-Ayala was treated and released he was charged with two counts of robbery with a firearm and unlawful possession of a firearm under 18 years of age.
"This was a scary situation and we are glad the victims weren't seriously injured", said Police Spokesman Lieutenant Victor Medico. "We understand the victims were just trying to be good citizens but we'd like to remind everyone of the dangers associated with strangers."
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