Earlier this week, a Chick-fil-A employee in Okaloosa County, Florida became a hero after tackling a would-be carjacker to the ground.

Outside of a Chick-fil-A in Fort Walton Beach, Florida, a woman was getting her infant out of her car when a man wielding a stick as a weapon demanded that she hand over the keys to her car. The man proceeded to grab the keys from her waistband and got inside her vehicle.

The woman began screaming for help and a quick-acting Chick-fil-a employee, later identified as Mykel Gordon, jumped into action. Gordon ran over, punched the carjacker in the face, and tackled him to the ground of the parking lot, diffusing the situation and preventing the car theft.

Fort Walton Beach’s local hero, Mykel Gordon

The latter part of the incident was captured on video.


The operator of the Fort Walton Beach Chick-fil-A location, Matthew Sexton, gave a statement about the incident, commending the employee for his bravery and quick action.

“We’re so relieved that our Guests and Team Members are safe following this alarming incident. I’m grateful for my amazing Team Member, Mykel Gordon, who so selflessly jumped in to intervene and help our Guests. I couldn’t be prouder of his incredible act of care,” said Sexton.

The Okaloosa Sherriff’s Office praised the brave employee for his courage, and identified the carjacker as a 43-year-old man named William Branch.

Branch faces charges of carjacking with a weapon and battery.

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