Massachusetts Man Uses Fake Leg to Take Down Armed Robber

A row of prosthetic legs and feet, standing on a counter at Hanger Prosthetics & Orthotics in Cedar Rapids (Dave Rasdal/The Gazette)

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By Kelli Sutterman

MIDDLETON, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts man who used his prosthetic leg to take down a robber says he didn't have time to think, he just reacted.

Stephen Cornell peered through the window of his neighborhood convenience store in Middleton on Wednesday and saw a man pointing a gun at the owner.

He tells The Salem News he intended to tackle the thief when he left JC Grill & Pizza, but instead stuck out his artificial leg and tripped him.

Cornell and owner Edson Andrade disarmed the thief and dragged him back into the store in a chokehold before calling police. The weapon was a pellet gun.

The 55-year-old Cornell lost his leg at age 12.

The suspect, 23-year-old Eric Homen, pleaded not guilty to charges including armed robbery.

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