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Rockford, Illinois: Subway worker Araceli Sotelo says she was suspended after viral video shows her beating up armed robber

An employee at a Subway sandwich shop in Illinois bravely fought and hunted a robber, only to be suspended by store administration after leaked footage of the incident went viral on social networks.

Araceli Sotelo, who worked at a Subway store in Rockford, Ill., Was seen disarming and hitting the thief with his own gun, in a September 5 video that went viral on social media, this which has won praise from hundreds of users.

Ms. Sotelo, who was alone in the store at the time, was first severely beaten by the robber. However, as the brawl continued, she snatched the masked thief’s pistol and beat him repeatedly.

“He kind of showed me his gun, and I felt like I was panicking,” she told local news station WTVO. “[He said] ‘give me all the money… give me everything before I hurt you.

“He was shorter than me, so I have that advantage… I could at least put my weight on him, push him or something,” Ms. Sotelo told the channel.

When the leaked images of the attack went viral, Ms Sotelo reposted them on TikTok. Soon after, however, she posted an update saying she had been suspended from work following the incident.

She claimed that the store administration wanted her to remove traces of all videos of the incident posted online and that her suspension would remain as long as the videos were there.

“I got a call yesterday it was like ‘if each of these videos isn’t taken offline you will be suspended’ and then I texted them and I was like ‘how long am I – I suspended? They said until everything was deleted online. I don’t have the capacity to do it, ”Ms. Sotelo told WTVO.

She denied any role in the leaked footage and told local media that the store wanted to keep the incident private.

“They didn’t want anyone to know, they wanted to be deprived of what happened to me and that I fought, but I think they did because they don’t want the companies to know about it.” , said Ms Sotelo.

The branch or company has not released an official response as to why it suspended Ms Sotelo. WTVO said the branch owner declined repeated requests for comment.

However, in a statement to New York Post, a Subway representative declined to address the suspension and said, “We are in contact with the franchisee to better understand the situation and assist as needed.”

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