1 arrested for robbery after armed citizen detains knife-wielding woman

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VERNAL, Utah – A woman was taken into custody after her alleged attempt at an armed robbery at an Arby’s restaurant in Vernal was foiled by a concerned citizen who had a gun in his vehicle.

According to a press release from the Vernal Police Department, officers were dispatched to an Arby’s restaurant at 1141 West Highway 40 to respond to reports of a robbery in progress. Dispatch personnel informed officers that a female had a knife and had demanded money. They later added that there was a male subject inside the restaurant with a handgun.

When police arrived, they took both the male and female into custody. But they, “immediately determined that the male subject had detained the female suspect.” Police later learned that man had entered the store and interrupted the robbery.

After interrupting the robbery, the man exited the store and obtained a handgun from his vehicle and confronted the woman. That woman, later identified as 37-year-old Vernal resident Stephanie Lente, was taken into custody and booked into the Uintah County Jail for aggravated robbery as a first-degree felony and possession of a controlled substance.

Police thanked the concerned citizen for his actions, but they cautioned people about staying safe, stating that “citizens must recognize that any person holding a firearm upon their arrival is apparently involved until proven different.”


  • bob

    Don’t bring a knife to a gunfight.

    If you’re the guy with the gun make sure you have bystanders inform the 911 dispatcher that the guy with the gun is holding the suspect. You might get yourself shot by trigger-happy cops otherwise. Fortunately, these cops were not trigger-happy.

    You WILL be cuffed and detained until they figure out what’s what. That is to be expected.

  • Scott Thompson

    Glad the man had time to go into his vehicle to recover his handgun. He was able to keep everyone safe until the police arrive. Get training, Get Prepared, Practice what you have been trained.

  • Sir David

    This a Disgrace that this woman even be detained! She should get a good Samaritan award from the Mayor of this town and Police Chief..WHAT HAPPENED TO OUR SECOND AMENDMENT? RIGHT TO OWN AND BEAR ARMS,

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