Escambia County, Florida. – A man casually carrying a shotgun and claiming to be from Chicago walked into a Florida convenience store during an attempted robbery, but walked out when a clerk showed his own gun, authorities said.
Rakim Stephen Tate, 32, made a bad decision that “became a worse decision” when he walked into a convenience store on Sept. 9 with a shotgun visible by his side, the county sheriff’s office said Monday. of Escambia.
He is accused of openly carrying a prohibited weapon and attempting to steal with a firearm.
Tate circled the store for a few seconds before an employee out of view of a camera in the store was heard talking to him, according to security footage. The clerk apparently noticed Tate arming himself before entering the store and going to a back room to arm himself with his personal weapon, authorities said.
“I mean no harm, I’m just not from here,” Tate is heard saying as he holds up his gun. “I got a big (expletive) (expletive) gun, but I’m not from here, that’s what I say. I’m from Chicago, bro.”
Tate is heard asking the employee what kind of weapon he is carrying. The clerk responds before Tate slowly exits the store.
“He then fumbles for words, resorting to meaningless chatter about being from Chicago,” the sheriff’s office said in a statement. “Words seem to fail you when your attempted crime is thwarted by lawful and virtuous force.”
Tate was arrested Sept. 15 in Santa Rose County, authorities said, adding “You’re not in Chicago anymore, you’re under arrest.”
The Benelli shotgun he allegedly used was also recovered, authorities said.