Chick-fil-A worker in Florida praised for helping woman with baby who was being stolen from car, deputies say

FORT WALTON BEACH, Fla. — The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office is praising a Chick-fil-A employee in Florida who they say rushed to the aid of a woman who was the victim of a carjacking.

The woman was pulling a baby out of her vehicle outside the Fort Walton Beach restaurant when a man wielding a baton approached and asked for her keys, the sheriff’s office said in a news release Wednesday.

The man then grabbed the keys from the waistband of the woman’s pants, opened the vehicle door and walked inside, the statement said.

Hearing the woman’s calls for help, an employee rushed to intervene, deputies said.

The employee, identified by the Chick-fil-A operator as Mykel Gordon, got into a physical fight with the suspect, who punched Gordon in the face, the statement said.

As the two tangled in the parking lot, others came to help subdue the suspect, as seen in a video shared on Twitter by the sheriff’s office.

The sheriff’s office credits the employee for being a good Smartian who stopped the suspect from getting away.

“A big shout out to this young man for his courage,” the department said in the post.

Matthew Sexton, the Chick-fil-A branch operator, told CNN he was relieved everyone was safe.

“I am grateful to my incredible team member, Mykel Gordon, who has so selflessly involved himself in stepping up and helping our guests. I couldn’t be more proud of his incredible act of care,” Sexton said. .

The suspect, a 43-year-old man, was arrested and charged with carjacking with a weapon and battery, the sheriff’s office said.

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