In Latino Cellular, a Latino-owned cell phone store in Houston, Texas, John Bell, 22, demanded that an employee open the cash register. The employee refused and told other employees and customers to get out. Once outside, the employee locked the doors of the store, trapping Bell inside.
Basit Mian, the cell phone store owner, says his wife and one employee locked Bell inside. Mian said he and his wife were fed up because Bell had robbed them two weeks earlier, stealing $2,000, along with seven high-end cell phones.
Bell tried to use a gun to shoot the lock, throwing his shoulder into the barred glass of the door and trying to use something he found in the store to jimmy the lock.
Bell eventually realized his efforts to escape were futile and began knocking on the glass, apologizing and begging to be released.
Bell was charged with and pleaded guilty to aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon. He was sentenced to five years in prison.
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