FARGO – Chance Morman carries a concealed gun everywhere but has never looked forward to the day he might have to use it.
That day came Saturday, when the manager at Meineke Car Care Center in south Fargo drew his handgun to chase away a robber who pretended to have a gun and demanded cash, police said.
“It’s just one of those things you prepare for,” said Morman, 22, a self-professed “gun nut.”
Morman and his fellow employees were in the back of the shop when the man entered the front lobby early Saturday afternoon and started acting suspiciously, police and Meineke employees said.
“So I walked up and I was like, ‘How can I help you, man?’ ” Morman recalled.
The man, who police believes is 32-year-old Eugene Fredrick Quinnett, responded by putting his hand under his shirt and pointing as if he had a weapon, Morman said.
“That’s when he said, ‘Give me all the money before I blow your [expletive] head off,’ ” Morman said.
Unlike Quinnett, Morman was actually packing heat.
When Morman drew his Smith & Wesson M&P40, Quinnet got “a blank look on his face,” Morman said,
“He kind of like hesitated for a second,” Morman said. “He looked at me strangely and just kind of turned around slow and took off out the door.”
Morman’s coworker, 21-year-old mechanic Andrew Salsman, 21, said he followed Quinnett to the nearby Motel 6.
Police were called at about 2 p.m. and caught Quinnett as he exited a motel side door, Fargo police Sgt. Mark Lykken said.
Quinnett was booked at Cass County Jail on suspicion of criminal trespass and robbery with threat of a weapon.