An employee at a Fort Walton Beach Chick-Fil-A served up a side of whoop-ass on Wednesday to an armed carjacker stealing car keys from a woman carrying her baby.
Video of the altercation went viral, showing the fast-food worker — identified as Mykel Gordon — taking the carjacker to the ground and putting him in a headlock as other employees and bystanders came to help.
The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office arrested the suspect, identified as 43-year-old William Branch.
“William Branch of DeFuniak Springs is charged with #carjacking with a weapon & battery after he grabbed car keys from a woman with a baby outside Chick-fil-A on Beal Pkway and got into her car,” the office tweeted. “An employee intervened after hearing the woman screaming. Branch was wielding a stick.”
Investigators said Branch approached the woman and her baby with the stick and demanded she give him her keys, ABC 3 reported. Branch then grabbed the woman’s keys from her waistband, opened her car door and got inside. That appears to be when the Chick-Fil-A employee realized what was going down and stepped in.
ABC 3 reporter shared Gordon’s photo, identifying him as the hero who stopped Branch.
According to police, Branch punched Gordon in the face during the altercation. Branch’s sucker punch clearly wasn’t enough to stop Gordon from taking him down.
“In reference to the FWB Chick-fil-A employee who ran to help a woman with a baby who was being carjacked, we want to say a sincere thank you to Ms. Kelner for providing video of a portion of the encounter. (see prior post),” the sheriff’s office said. “A major shout-out to this young man for his courage!”