Guy stops armed robber at Arby’s; ‘I went out to my truck and got my gun’

A concealed carry permit holder saved a Utah Arby’s from armed robbery.

The permit carrier who wishes to remain anonymous, said he was in the drive-thru of the restaurant in Vernal, Utah, before parking his car to enter the restaurant after the employee he was trying to order from had stopped talking to him.

Upon entering Arby’s, he made eye contact with an employee, and she mouthed the words, “We’re being robbed,” reported

“I went out to my truck and got my gun,” the man said.

A woman with a knife turned toward him, as he reentered the restaurant with his handgun. The man showed her his gun, and told her not to move.

“She picked up a bag and came at me,” the man said. “That’s when I pointed my gun at her.”

When police arrived, he told KSL, he made sure to put his weapon down so they knew he was no threat.

The local woman turned out to be a Stephanie Lee Lente, with an extensive rap sheet, including assault, theft, criminal mischief, and abuse of psychotoxic chemicals. She was arrested by police and booked for investigation of aggravated robbery and possession of a controlled substance, according to

Assistant Vernal Police Chief Keith Campbell thanked the concealed permit holder and also offered his advice, “citizens must recognize that any person holding a firearm upon (the officers’) arrival is apparently involved until proven different,” he said.

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