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Alleged holdup at KFC interrupted by pistol-packing customer

June 27, 2010 |  8:25 am

An alleged robber wielding a chain may have thought the Kentucky Fried Chicken outlet in mid-city San Diego was easy pickings.

According to witnesses, he barged in Saturday afternoon, smashed his heavy chain on the counter and loudly ordered all the employees into the kitchen before heading to the cash register.

What he perhaps had not figured on was a customer who was also an off-duty, plainclothes San Diego police sergeant. The sergeant pointed his gun at the man and ordered him to the ground. The alleged robber demanded to see the officer's badge. Done.

Matthew Vough, 46, was arrested for attempted armed robbery.

If the sergeant got his food --  the police report is unclear on this -- he paid for it. Gratitude of the KFC employees aside, the police department has rules against freebies.

-- Tony Perry in San Diego