Lawmakers recognize People's Choice Kitchen owner, good Samaritan who fought off attempted robber

Updated: January 14, 2020 11:19 PM
Created: January 14, 2020 10:32 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — The People’s Choice Kitchen was recognized during Tuesday night’s county legislature meeting.

Last month, a man pulled a gun out inside of the restaurant on Thurston Road and Brooks Avenue.


It appeared he was trying to rob the business, when Darnell Wilson, a friend of the owner who was dropping by to visit, fought the man off.

During the struggle, the suspect fired a couple of shots but didn’t hit anyone.

Wilson suffered several cuts after the two went through a window.

At Tuesday night’s meeting, the county legislature recognized Wilson for protecting the people inside the People’s Choice Kitchen and owner Evangela Stanley for her pay-what-you-can program.

"I'm sorry I'm really at a loss for words, especially doing something I felt was the right thing to do. I don't know what to say honestly but thank you, I appreciate it," Wilson said.

"As far as the pay what you can afford program that's a promotion I decided to do for Christmas because December a lot of people are living with low income, they live on a budget and I wanted to give back," Stanley said.

The People’s Choice Kitchen opened the day after the attempted robbery so that it could continue to be there for the community.

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