GLEN BURNIE, Md. (WMAR) - About an hour before it was to open for business, the would-be robber entered the restaurant on Crain Highway surprising a pair of cooks.
Mikie's may be billed as the place ‘Where You Eat Everything', but there's no way the criminal could have known he was about to be force fed the shotgun he was toting.
"Our cook, not exactly liking a gun in his face, somehow found a way not only to get the gun out of his hands, but had a knife in his pocket and they were fighting for the gun, and it was a choice---'You either let go of the gun or I'm going to take this knife to you,'" said the restaurant's owner, Scott Wagner, "The assailant decided to let go of the gun and then more struggle ensued and the assailant didn't make out so well."
That could be a bit of an understatement.
You see, the cook actually aimed the gun at the robber and pulled the trigger, but it was a pump-action shotgun and didn't have a shell pushed into the firing chamber.
Fearing for his life, the cook took the butt of the gun's wooden stock and began striking the robber in the face… repeatedly.
"It was a big gun and it was loaded," said Wagner, "I don't know what instincts would be. I hope I never have to find that out, but I know Michael... we had another girl here and both in jeopardy and he made the decision, 'You're not going to shoot me and if you're going to shoot me, I'm going to try to shoot you back."
While police don't encourage victims to fight back…
"We never urge folks to resist or confront an armed adversary, but rather to comply with those demands, but fortunately it this particular case, it did work out," said Justin Mulcahy of the Anne Arundel County Police Department.
And at least on this day, the same restaurant that serves up the ‘Best Breakfast in Town' may have served notice that it's one of the safest ones as well.
The robber was able to escape on foot, but police say he left plenty of blood behind to run his DNA.
They also suspect he may have to seek medical attention for his injuries.