Clerk with gun stops knife-wielding robber

CREATED Jan 9, 2013

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MILWAUKEE - Ernestine Aldana's son urged her to keep a gun under the cash register at their family's corner grocery store.  She took the advice and used that gun to stop an attack.
 
"You have to be ready for anything because this neighborhood is bad," Aldana told TODAY'S TMJ4 reporter Tom Murray.
 
At first, she did not think much of a man who came into the San Ignacio Market and took a soda out of the cooler.  
 
"I rang it up and the tray started to open," Aldana recounted.  "He came out with a knife, swung it at me.  He grabbed the register."
 
On surveillance video, Aldana is seen with the handgun.  The armed robber ducks under the counter and then swats her with the cash drawer.  
 
"I chased him out the door and I shouldn't have done that," Aldana says.
 
The store owner believes she's seen the man in the knit black hat in her neighborhood before, but now police cannot find him and are asking for your help.  
 
As for Aldana, she is thankful she had the gun within arm's reach.
 
"I actually feared for my life that night," she said.  "If I didn't have the gun, I believe I would have been hurt."
 
Police describe the suspect as a white man, 25-35 years old, 165 pounds.  The robbery occurred on December 14, 2012.  The market is located at 2082 S. Muskego Avenue.   Anyone with information about this crime is asked to call Milwaukee Police at 414-935-7360.