Former Marine Gives Chase to Four Armed Robbers

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    A former Marine possibly saved a woman's life after she was robbed Wednesday. News4's Shomari Stone spoke with the man. (Published Thursday, Jan 16, 2014)

    A former Marine possibly saved a woman's life after she was robbed Wednesday.

    According to police, a group of four men robbed a Garda armored truck at a Checkers in the 4800 block of Allentown Road in Suitland. They fled the area with money and two guns carried by the truck's guards.

    "When I saw all that happening, all I wanted to do is stop that woman from being hurt. I did what I had to do to save her life," Brian Cotts told News4's Shomari Stone.

    Cotts, along with a passenger, bravely followed the robbers. He knew exactly what to do.

    "[I was thinking], I got to get that tag number," Cotts said.

    Things took a turn for the dangerous, and quickly. The suspects noticed Cotts was following them, and opened fire.

    The bullets shattered the glass of his pickup truck, but Cotts was not seriously injured. Police eventually caught up with the robbers in Southeast D.C., recovering four guns and the stolen cash.

    After this brave and dangerous feat, Cotts is staying largely modest.

    "Who's to say my life is any better than that lady's life?" he said.