A man who tried to rob a cell phone store in Texas began to pray once he realized his plan was foiled by a quick-thinking employee.
The suspect, John Bell, entered the Houston store and instructed an employee to open the cash register on April 17, according to the Houston Police Department. The employee refused to cooperate and instead hustled customers out of the store, locking the suspect inside.
In surveillance video released by the police department last week, Bell is seen shooting at the locked door as well as running and crashing into it in attempt to escape as police were en route to the scene.
Once he realized his plan was ruined, the suspect begins to plead to the employee to let him out. He then gets on his knees and prays.
“I’m sorry, please,” he can be heard saying on the video. “I have nothing.”
When police arrived, they ordered Bell to get on his knees and arrested him.
This was the second time a robbery attempt by Bell was foiled, KOAT reported. In July 2015, after he and two other men robbed a store of its cash register, they were unable to get away when their car wouldn’t start.
Bell pleaded guilty to aggravated robbery and was sentenced to five years in prison, according to court records. But, the Dec. 18 conviction for the April 2017 robbery, he was instead sentenced to 12 years in prison for the 2015 robbery when his deferred adjudication was revoked.