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Deputies: Robber armed with toy gun taken down by victims

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Alexander Shugart (Source: Henderson Co. Sheriff's Office) Alexander Shugart (Source: Henderson Co. Sheriff's Office)
HENDERSONVILLE, NC (FOX Carolina) -

Deputies said a man did not think his crime through after the victims turned the tables on him during an attempted armed robbery, tackling him to the ground before deputies could arrive.

Henderson County deputies said Alexander Shugart, 27, was armed with a water gun, but the victims did not know that at the time of the robbery.

"He was beating on the glass real loud, and it got to the point where I thought that man was being disrespectful because this man was beating on the door. What's going on?" said Eddie Riggins, one of the victims.

Riggins said Shugart demanded money and was holding what looked like a gun. He and his brother did not know if it was fake, and they were not going to let him get in their Hendersonville home.

"I grabbed the hand he had the gun in and was trying to subdue him, his gun hand and shoved him back out the door," said Riggins.

Deputies said when they arrived, the victims had control of Shugart, though he was violent the whole time. Deputies said Shugart got out of his shoes, dropped his flashlight at the home while trying to resist, but they were able to get his gun - a spraypainted water gun.

"I don't think the victims in this case did anything wrong," said Sheriff Charles McDonald. "I wouldn't tell everyone to do that, but everyone has to make that determination themselves."

For the Riggins brother, they said they had no choice. Their family was inside the home, and they wanted to make sure nothing happened to them.

Shugart was arrested on a charge of attempted armed robbery.

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