Clerk Not Fired After Disarming Would-Be Robber, Store Owner Says

Store owner said clerk violated policy that tells employees do not resist a robbery attempt

The owner of a convenience store where a clerk disarmed a shotgun-wielding man now says the worker is still employed at the store.

7-Eleven store owner Abdul Ayub told The Frederick News-Post on Wednesday that not only was Joseph Layman not fired, but he also got a raise and was promoted to a manager. 

Ayub had initially told the newspaper Tuesday that Layman would be terminated for violating company policy after the clerk confronted the armed suspect July 12. But Ayub said he made a "mistake'' in saying Layman was fired after growing frustrated with the number of phone calls his store received from media outlets. 

Ayub says his 7-Eleven store near Frederick isn't a corporate location, meaning owners make all decisions regarding the hiring or termination of employees.

The suspect, 18-year-old Ryan J. Wages, is charged with attempted armed robbery.

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