DETROIT - A group of men terrorized food truck operators and bar owners in Detroit.
Police busted the two of three suspects after one victim finally decided to take matters into his own hands. The Mexican Town crime spree was stopped thanks to a sharp security guard, a brave victim and good old fashioned police work.
They would eventually be stopped when they tried to hold up Happy Bar on Green Street, thanks to the owner.
Felipe Orozco walked into the bathroom, slipped a red mask on, came out and demanded money from the owner. They argued, then Orozco shot him in the leg..
The bad guy messed with the wrong victim. The owner of the bar, a CPL holder himself, pulled out his weapon and fired back multiple times.
Orozco's partners in crime saw how badly he was wounded, picked him up and dumped him at Detroit Receiving Hospital.
Employee Maria Lopita came back from break to see the aftermath.
"When I came back I was like what happened?" said Lopita.
They took off, but a security guard happened to catch the license plate on their silver Buick Lacrosse.
With one suspect in custody, police were able to track the second man down where the vehicle was registered in Clinton Township.
The third suspect is still on the loose.
Three times last week, the thieves targeted El Parian food trucks off Dix on Detroit's southwest side.
With the help of a translator, Alfredo Fuentes said the heist happened so fast that Orozco, didn't even have time to pull his mask on.
"He just wanted the money," said Alejandro Fuentes. "The guy came with a gun and told him to go inside. He asked for the money (they) gave him the box, he grabbed money and left."
The trio hit three different trucks getting away with more than $2,000 in cash. But their crime spree wasn't over.
Sources say early Saturday morning they stormed Giovanna's Lounge on Vernor, robbed the bartender and took off.
Just like her boss carries a gun, so does Lopita, claiming desperate times calls for desperate measures.
"This is Detroit, we live in Detroit," she said.
The bar owner was back at work, even with a wounded leg from the shooting.