Transcript for Chicago Teen's Text Helps Thwart Robbery
It was a simple seven word text don't come robbery in -- called 911. That's what Nathan Lane said from his mother's home while they were locked in a back bathroom -- this lake few coffee shop Sunday evening. A man who said he was armed and threatened to shoot them was outside allegedly threatening to rape the -- meantime his father Craig who would walk down the street got the text. It didn't seem like a teenagers -- usual abbreviated text language. And that's when I knew. That this was serious Greg -- called police while inside the coffee shop his wife and children were trying to hide from the suspected gunman. Minutes earlier they had seen him walking in with a hood covering most of his head and they were immediately suspicious inside his jacket who was holding on his hand and -- After getting cash from the register the lane family says the man tried to assault the court then make his get away. But Nathan had alert Lee erase the -- he sent his father immediately after sending it so the gunman never -- -- -- -- with our phones. And that's when -- -- and I. Moments after calling 911 Craig lane ran back to the shop to check on his family police were already ahead of them and within moments had the suspect 43 year old William Castle in custody. Nathan and his mother later identified castle in a lineup to the delight of a proud father. That he would send a text and then -- -- that series. Of that the way one could think through that in that situation I think is pretty amazing.
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