Morrisons cashier sees off knifeman in Exeter supermarket
A TEENAGER has been hailed a hero after seeing off an armed robber at an Exeter supermarket.
James Hosgood was serving on the till at Morrisons in Prince Charles Road on Tuesday when a man brandished a large kitchen knife and demanded money.
But instead of handing over cash, James stepped back, raised the alarm and the robber left empty handed.
Still shocked and shaken, the 19-year-old of Silverton said he acted on instinct after fearing he would be stabbed and would do the same again.
Recalling the incident, he said: “A customer came up to the till with a box of cereal. I looked up and he was pointing a knife at me demanding money.
“I said no and jumped back to put a bit of distance between us. He asked again raising his voice and became more aggressive.
“I tried ringing my alarm bell but it was not working. I then shouted out for my supervisor and the man then legged it.”
Preparing to undertake a university course at the Exeter academy of music and sound, James had been working for Morrisons part time for nearly a year. Since the incident at around 6pm on Tuesday, he has not been back to work and unsure how he will feel getting back behind the till. But the modest youngster is shrugging off any talk of bravery.
“I thought I was going to get stabbed and was just doing what I could to prevent that,” he said. “After he left I just stood there in shock at what happened. I just looked at another customer and they were gobsmacked.
“I went upstairs to go through the CCTV with my manager and then had to give a statement.
“What happened is still going over my head. It is not nice to think about.
“My bosses said I did the right thing and told me I was brave. One manager said she had been there 25 years and never seen anything like it. It is typical this would happen to me.
“Instinct just took over. I did not do anything to try and come across as brave. I just did what felt normal to me I guess.
“My family and friends can’t believe what has happened but have been very supportive.”
His proud mum Kim Goodier said: “I am very proud of my son for seeing off an armed robber. He is very shaken up by it but I want him to feel like he has done something special.”
Police confirmed they attended the store following reports of an attempted armed robbery at around 6pm on Tuesday. A man was arrested later that evening in connection with the incident.
@James Miles, 25, of Monks Road, Exeter, has been charged with attempted robbery and possession of a bladed article. He was remanded in custody at Exeter Magistrates Court and will next appear in court on 19 September.