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MORGANTON, N.C. — Restaurant employees thwarted a man who attempted to rob them at gunpoint Monday evening.

According to WSOC, Scottie Hill held several employees at a FATZ restaurant on South Sterling Street at gunpoint and one employee noticed something odd about his gun.

Det. Tim Corriveau said that there was some orange in the barrel of the gun, he also said it appeared to be an airsoft gun.

Once employees realized the gun was not real they wrestled Hill to the ground. When police arrived, they had Hill pinned down and ready to be handcuffed.

Brian Miller, the operating partner of the restaurant, said he was proud of his staff for taking action.

“It was very courageous for my staff,” Miller said. “It took a lot of heart and guts and they did the right thing.”

Hill’s bond was set at $500,000.