Spring breakers who foiled robbery describe tense takedown

'It turned out the best way possible for us,' cousins say of melee with gunman

OAKLAND PARK, Fla. – A group of spring breakers who turned the tables on a would-be robber in Oakland Park early Sunday have quite the story to tell. 

It started as a night of fun on South Beach for the cousins who were visiting from Indiana to celebrate a birthday. Alex Wisbey said he was the designated driver to get everyone back to Broward County when he stopped at a Mobil gas station on Oakland Park Boulevard near Powerline Road about 3:45 a.m.

"I tried to find a gas station that was closest because we were running low on gas," Alex Wisbey, a recent of graduate of Ivy Tech Community College in Lawrenceburg, Indiana, told Local 10 News.

But while they were there, a black car pulled up and a masked man approached them. He demanded money, pointing a gun at one of them.

The cousins grabbed the gunman and tackled him to the ground.

"Then my cousin, Jacob, gets on top of him and I'm in there, trying to wrestle around for the gun," Aric Wisbey, a student at Ivy Tech, said.

Detectives said a shirtless accomplice then ran into the melee. 

But Aric Wisbey said his instinct kicked in. He grabbed the gun and pointed it at both men, who got back into the black car and drove away. The whole struggle was recorded by the gas station's security camera.

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