911 Dispatcher Robbed; Her Training Helps Police Catch Suspect

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BRIDGETON, MO (KTVI)-- A 911 dispatcher was robbed at gunpoint in the parking lot of a Bridgeton Schnucks Wednesday.

She said her training helped her foil the crime.

"I knew when I called 911 to give them what she took, whether she was armed, what she looked like and the license plate," Sarah Yates said.

The female suspect was arrested moments after the robbery at a nearby home.

"She did not even have time to open the purse she stole," Yates said.

Yates told Fox 2 it happened in the middle of the afternoon.

"She just walked up and said I am going to need you to give me your purse and then she turned around and showed me a firearm in her pants," Yates said.

Yates has worked as a 911 dispatcher for six years in Overland.

"I think I know what I want my callers to give me, so I think that helped me," Yates said.

The suspect is facing robbery charges and is in the St. Louis County Jail.