Gainesville, GA – A would-be armed robber was thwarted by a patch of ice while trying to flee the scene of a botched heist on Christmas Day, according to police.
The incident occurred at 415 Atlanta Highway at approximately 1 a.m. on Dec. 25, the Gainesville Police Department (GPD) said in a press release on Wednesday.
Officers responded to the scene after receiving a report of an armed robbery and found the suspect, 30-year-old Luis Sajbocho-Ordonez, “lying injured on the icy ground,” according to the police department.
Investigators learned Sajbocho-Ordonez allegedly hid behind the business, then pulled a gun on an employee who was exiting the building.
The employee said the gunman demanded cash and that they got into a physical altercation, according to police.
Another employee walked outside a moment later, “spooking” Sajbocho-Ordonez and “causing him to fire a shot and run off,” the GPD said.
No one was hit by the gunfire.
But as the suspect tried to run away, he slipped on a patch of ice and slammed his head on the ground.
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“Witnesses were able to get two guns away from Sajbocho while he was laying injured on the ground,” the GPD noted.
Police arrived at the scene moments later and took Sajbocho-Ordonez into custody before emergency medical personnel treated his injuries.
The GPD likened the situation to “a scene from Home Alone.”
“Fortunately, no serious injuries occurred and the perp went to jail,” the department said.
Sajbocho-Ordonez was booked into the Hall County Jail on charges of aggravated assault and armed robbery.
Additional charges may be forthcoming, according to the GPD.