Texas Garden Store Employees Hold Shotgun-Wielding Robber at Gunpoint Until Police Arrive

Robbery suspects: Brandon Staggs (left); Toni Works (right)

Employees at Ellis Home & Garden in Texarkana did the state of Texas proud Sunday night when their store was targeted by an armed criminal. It was a little after 8:00 p.m. and the employees were closing up when 25-year-old Brandon Staggs slipped in through an unlocked door holding a shotgun.

Two employees, both in the store’s back office, saw Staggs on the store’s surveillance camera. Armed with a shotgun, Staggs approached the employees and attempted to rob them.

The two employees fought back and wrestled the shotgun away from Staggs. One of the employees had a concealed handgun license and fired two shots during the struggle. Although neither of the rounds hit anyone, the employees succeeded in subduing Staggs and restraining him long enough to call 9-1-1 and hand him over to police.

courtesy txktoday.com

Upon arrival, officers also found 34-year-old Toni Works waiting for Staggs in a getaway car in the parking lot. Both were charged with aggravated robbery and taken to the Bi-State Jail. The bail was set at $100,000.

For our part, we congratulate the employees on a job well done and celebrate Ellis’ sensible gun policies for their employees, which may have saved two lives.


  1. avatar Leighton Cavendish says:

    A couple of white dindus…
    difference is…most whites are happy to see them go to jail…

    1. avatar Michael Buley says:

      Yes, we don’t make excuses when someone — who cares the color — goes to jail for a crime. No whining, complaining, finger pointing, blaming.

  2. avatar Chris T in KY says:

    It’s too bad government workers called School teachers are not allowed to carry if they choose to. Like they can for certain civilian employers.

    Two snaps up, and a big circle for the performance of these hardware store employees!

  3. avatar Hannibal says:

    That woman is supposedly 34. Crack or meth? You decide.

    1. avatar The Rookie says:

      I’m going to go with both. That is one hard-looking 30-something.

    2. avatar Southern Cross says:

      The mugshots look like users of something. My guess is meth.

  4. avatar Michael Buley says:

    Why is bail even given to someone who used a shotgun to steal money? It seems obvious the dude won’t come up with the $ for bail. But if he did, he seems a very good candidate to do it again, and this time guns blazing.

    1. avatar Nanashi says:

      Something something Eighth Amendment something something

      1. avatar LarryinTX says:

        Don’t think you’ve been listening. Amendments are unimportant these days.

  5. avatar Texan Trapped in FL says:

    Gotta love when your hometown makes TTAG

  6. avatar Ranger Rick says:

    10 years in the Texas Department of Corrections should do them well and also prevent them from polluting the gene pool further.

    1. avatar jwm says:

      Way back in the 70s I was motoring across Texas when I passed a prison farm with work gang in the fields. It was hot as hell and there was no shade. Around the outside of the field were guards mounted on horses and rocking shotguns. Looked like some ‘cool hand luke’ shit.

      I was impressed.

      1. avatar Southern Cross says:

        I remember seeing a documentary about US prisons and one episode was the Angola prison. It did not look pleasant. And the armed guards on horseback were actually trustees.

        1. avatar Ed Schrade says:

          Saw an old episode of Gunsmoke the other day. Marshall Dillon had thrown a bad guy in jail and the bad guy was complaining that the cot was uncomfortable. The reply was of course it’s uncomfortable, this is a jail.

  7. avatar Steve Eisenberg says:

    How would you fence stolen rose bushes?

    1. avatar CTstooge says:

      Mulch on the brown market is very valuable.

    2. avatar MyName says:

      Well, if they are climbing roses I suggest fencing them with a nice redwood lattice so they have a place to climb. Otherwise, just about any kind of fencing, provided it is tall enough, will keep them protected from dogs and some other small critters. Deer will still be a problem, though, they can jump just about any fence small enough that you would use it around a rose garden.

  8. avatar Mark N. says:

    Texas is a Bi State? And they have a special jail for Bi s? I never would have guessed…

  9. avatar possum says:

    That woman looks like my x wife on a good day.

    1. avatar possum says:

      Well not quite, she’s lacking the mustache and bad attitude.

      1. avatar Geoff "Mess with the bull, get the horns" PR says:


        Every ‘possum I’ve run across has had a bad attitude, rearing up on their hind legs, baring their teeth at me and making that ‘chattering’ ‘possum sound…

        1. avatar jwm says:

          I’ve ran across my fair share of possums. Amazing how a 2 ton truck knocks all that tude out of them.

        2. avatar possum says:

          Evil human. Evil assault truck.

        3. avatar MyName says:

          @ jwm

          So does a 12 gauge.

  10. avatar Aaron says:

    the store employees were racist profiling a brother and refusing them service! wait, what? white meth heads? nevermind.

  11. avatar A O says:

    Nice that we finally can put a statistic to the hit percentage of a CCer that is not the police.

  12. avatar Jonathan-Houston says:

    That’s pretty scary wrestling someone over a shotgun. Sounds like it was near or after closing time? I probably would have just barricaded myself in that backroom with my self-defense side arm trained on the door while my coworker handled the 911 call.

    1. avatar Curtis in IL says:

      I’m thinking the same thing.
      #1: Don’t bring a pistol to a shotgun fight.
      #2: Just avoid shotgun fights if at all possible.

    2. avatar KG Maiden says:

      Was it one of those “FULLY SEMI AUTOMATIC ASSAULT SHOTGUNS” with fully automatic clipazine?

  13. avatar KG Maiden says:

    Wait, what? Texas has NO laws to prevent/stop armed robberies? Surly they do. So how can such crime happen? I just don’t get it.
    Is it that criminals and nut jobs don’t care? LOL LOL LOL

  14. avatar LarryinTX says:

    Who ever heard of robbing a garden store?

    1. avatar Curtis in IL says:

      They advertised hoses and weed killer.
      Dude thought they said whores and weed.
      Honest mistake!

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