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Mass. man with fake leg takes down alleged thief

Mass. man with fake leg takes down alleged thief
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(CBS/AP) MIDDLETON, Mass. - A Massachusetts man who used his prosthetic leg to take down an alleged robber says he didn't have time to think, he just reacted.

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Stephen Cornell peered through the window of his neighborhood convenience store on Wednesday and saw a man pointing a gun at the owner.

He tells The Salem News he intended to tackle the thief when he left JC Grill & Pizza, but instead stuck out his artificial leg and tripped him.

The 55-year-old Cornell, who lost his leg at age 12, and store owner Edson Andrade, disarmed (dislegged?) the thief and dragged him back into the store in a choke hold before calling police.

The weapon was a pellet gun.

The suspect, 23-year-old Eric Homen, was ordered held without bail after pleading not guilty to charges including armed robbery.