Merchant foils robbery with help of gun, guard Man, 27, is arrested in shoe store incident

April 19, 1996|By Joe Mathews | Joe Mathews,SUN STAFF

In the 23 years it has been in business, Alec and Brian Satisky's shoe store in the 2100 block of W. Patapsco Ave. had never been robbed.

Then on Wednesday evening, a man with a gun walked into Hollinswood Shoe Center and Check Cashing in Lakeland, asked an employee for help finding his shoe size and began to empty a cash register from which Lottery tickets are sold.

But the would-be thief didn't get far. For businessmen who never had been held up, the Satisky brothers are unusually wary about crime.

They employ a store security guard, who noticed the weapon and began to struggle with the gunman. Alec Satisky, in the back and out of sight, heard the commotion, grabbed his 9-millimeter Glock and ran to help.

He pointed the gun at the attacker, ordered him to freeze and held him at gunpoint until police arrived, police and witnesses said.

"It was an automatic response," Alec Satisky, 46, said yesterday. "You never know what you're going to do until it happens."

Nathaniel Jackson, 27, of the 3800 block of Reisterstown Road was arrested and faces robbery, assault and weapons charges.

Inspired by their grandparents, who ran a shoe store on Baltimore Street for 50 years, the Satisky brothers borrowed money to open their shoe store when Alec was 23 and Brian only 20. After numerous requests from customers, they added a check-cashing service at the store and have since opened three other check-cashing operations in the area.

Their grandparents always had a safe, pleasant environment in their shoe shop, and Alec Satisky, who carries the gun, says he's willing to spend money for a security guard and video cameras even though "we're in a very good neighborhood."

"Prevention is easier than having to find a cure," he said.

Pub Date: 4/19/96

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