OMAHA, Neb. -- A 17-year-old boy jumped on an armed robber to save his sister's life. The would-be robber, a female, held the 22-year-old sister up at gunpoint. The victim's brother said he didn't even think twice about stepping in.
The siblings work at PepperJax on 84th and Q streets. That's where the two were Thursday morning.
With the sound of the door chime, a quiet morning where Chelsea Loparco works turned frightening pretty quickly.
"I just thought it was another employee," Loparco said. "When I turned, I was greeted by a gun in my face. Someone in a ski mask, and all you could see was their eyes."
Loparco said she was in the restaurant's office when a would-be robber sneaked in the back entrance. Luckily, her 17-year-old brother was just feet away.
"Points the gun at me. Points it away from me, and then points it at me again. And I just charge at her and knock her down," Cody Loparco said.
Cody Loparco said he knew what he had to do.
"Kinda thinking she's the only one I have left in my family, so I'm pretty much like, 'Yeah, I'd rather go before her,'" Cody Loparco said.
While Cody held the intruder down, Chelsea called police.
"I was wrestling with her around on the ground for a couple minutes until the cops got here," Cody Loparco said.
Police said they took 20-year-old Sondra Newsom into custody.
Chelsea Loparco said her bond with her baby brother saved her life.
"I am so thankful. I could not ask for a better -- I mean, we fight and we argue, but it really shows," Chelsea Loparco said.
The siblings both said it wasn't smart for Cody to grab the gun.
Police said anytime someone is armed, it's important to comply with demands.
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