Customer tackles armed woman at PHX McDonald's

Posted at 12:24 PM, Feb 25, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-25 21:48:07-05

Love was on display Valentine's Day night, when a brave customer tackled a Phoenix woman who attacked employees and threatened customers at a Valley McDonald's. 

Court records show all the drama started on Feb 14, around 7:30 p.m., when 19-year-old Arayah Helen Gordon went into a McDonald's restaurant near 24th and Van Buren Streets and started berating employees.

Police say she threw money at the cashier and attempted to attack the worker. The woman climbed on top of the counter, but was stopped by a customer before she could get to the other side.

Gordon wasn't giving up. Witnesses say she removed a black handgun from her purse and began waving the gun around, causing employees and customers to duck and cover for fear of being shot.

Witnesses say she used the gun to shatter a glass partition. That's when another customer tackled Gordon and forced her outside of the restaurant.

But the woman didn't run very far. Police arrived and found Gordon in the parking lot of a nearby gas station. She still had the gun in her purse, but it turned out to be a pellet gun.

No one was hurt in the melee, but Gordon did cause damage to some restaurant equipment. She now faces charges of criminal damage and aggravated assault.