Plunger attack victim says cell phone saved his life - FOX Carolina 21

Plunger attack victim says cell phone saved his life

Posted: Updated: April 18, 2012 01:32 PM
AMVET Post 75 on Southport Road in Roebuck where deputies say the attack occurred. (April 18, 2012/FOX Carolina) AMVET Post 75 on Southport Road in Roebuck where deputies say the attack occurred. (April 18, 2012/FOX Carolina)
Marvin Sanders (Spartanburg Co. Detention Center) Marvin Sanders (Spartanburg Co. Detention Center)
The photo Robbs took on his phone when he says Sanders came at him with a gun. (Courtesy Timothy Robbs) The photo Robbs took on his phone when he says Sanders came at him with a gun. (Courtesy Timothy Robbs)
SPARTANBURG, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Spartanburg County deputies said a local business owner attacked an employee with a plunger and threatened to kill him while he was firing him.

Deputies said the victim, Timothy Robbs, had called them about an unruly customer about 4:35 p.m. Tuesday, who in turn called Marvin Sanders Jr., the owner of the American Veteran's Association Post 75 on Southport Road where the customer was reported.

Sanders, 69, of Spartanburg came to the bar in a rage and called Robbs outside, according to the report. While outside, Robbs said Sanders fired him and told him to leave, so Robbs said he wasn't leaving until he was paid.

Deputies said Sanders made threats of harm against Robbs, then took a silver revolver out of his pocket and pointed it at Robbs. According to the report, Robbs asked Sanders if he was going to murder him, and Sanders said he would.

Then Sanders went inside and came back out with a toilet plunger, hitting Robbs on the head and back, then threw a chair at him, according to the report. Deputies said Sanders left before they arrived.

Robbs took a photo of Sanders with a gun walking towards him, according to deputies. Robbs told FOX Carolina that his phone saved his life because when Sanders saw him take photos and recording him with the gun, he put it away and went to get the plunger.

Robbs was a bartender at the bar for about five months before the attack, and said he had a good relationship with Sanders. He said he tried to get Sanders to apologize and would not have filed charges if he had.

There were more than 15 people at the Post who said they did not have any idea what happened, according to deputies.

According to Robbs and the AMVET website, Sanders is the post commander and president, not the bar owner.

Sanders was arrested and charged with third-degree assault and battery and pointing and presenting a firearm. He was released from the Spartanburg County Detention Center on a $20,000 bond.

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