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Witness stops robbery, holds suspected robber at gunpoint for police

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Marion police say a man trying to rob two people was held up at gunpoint by a witness.

The robbery happened during the overnight hours Tuesday in the 1400 block of Grand Avenue in Marion, when that armed citizen broke it all up.

Police arrested 66-year-old John Barnett after he allegedly tried robbing two people right outside the Grandview Apartments, but he got stopped dead in his tracks.

“The gun stopped it so things didn't get a lot worse,” said Al, who lives in the apartments.

Al says for whoever stepped in, he's glad they did. He tells us he knows a few people living in the apartment complex who have a permit to carry and he thinks it came in handy.

During the robbery, a witness who was packing heat, saw what was going on and intervened, holding Barnett at gunpoint until police arrived, according to investigators. 

“Nice that the neighbors would help out someone in need,” said Al. “Things might have gotten more out of control.”

Investigators say the two victims were hurt and transported to the hospital, but they are OK.

Barnett is charged with two counts of second degree robbery.

Marion investigators say Barnett did not act alone, he had someone with him, however his accomplice was able to get away with one of the victim's wallet.

Police knows who the other person is and is seeking warrants for his arrest. 

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