Now-viral leaked footage of Illinois Subway sandwich shop worker who bravely fought back against an armed robber, hitting him with his own gun — just to get suspended.

Despite her heroic efforts to save the Subway shop from being robbed, her employer decided to make her pay for defending her life as well as the shop.

Araceli Sotelo of Rockford, Illinois, thwarted a robbery attempt on Sept. 5, 2021, according to leaked security camera footage that was first shared with the public from — a local news outlet that routinely reports on police blotters.

Eventually, the robber fled, leaving Sotelo with his firearm but stealing her purse and belongings in the process. However, the courageous sandwich artisan now had bigger worries.

Despite Sotelo’s brave defense against the attempted robbery, the Subway employee was suspended from her job several days later.

Sotelo said she was told, ”if every one of these videos is not taken offline you will be suspended,’ and then I texted them and I’m like ‘how long am I suspended for?’ They said till everything is removed online. I have no ability to do that,’ Sotelo said.

Sotelo said she did not leak the video, and says the store owner is now ignoring her.

‘They did not want anyone to know, they wanted to be private that it happened to me and that I fought back, but I think they did that because they do not want corporate to know,’ Sotelo said.

Watch it here: Youtube/TheNYpost

The company should be grateful to Sotelo, it’s really sad that the company she has been protecting with her life is now ignoring her, worst suspended her.

GoFundMe page has been set up by Sotelo’s mother to raise funds to fix Sotelo’s phone that was broken during the fight and to cover the loss of her purse.

Sources: Taphaps, TMZ, WTVO

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