'Ordinary Heroes' Stop Robbery, Save a Life

, Written by Lyle Ahrens, Posted: Wed, August 14 2013 at 4:30 PM, Updated: Wed, August 14 2013 at 4:41 PM

Some 'ordinary heroes' helped to save a woman's life during an attempted armed robbery in Klamath Falls Tuesday...

Susan Kirk says the two people who came into her shop wielding a knife fully intended to kill her...

"They said they wanted to buy something.  I went to the back to get the item for them, and when I came back out they grabbed me."

Cory Bramwell heard her screams for help...

"She was on the ground being attacked, and they both had weapons, and it just wasn't a good thing."

Police say a young man and a woman were attacking kid with a knife when Bramwell came to her rescue.

"He hit me from behind with a piece of china."  Recalled Bramwell.  "And I turned around...I hit him a couple times, once with his own fist, then once with mine, and he stumbled back and it gave us the time that we needed."

Off-duty EMT Ed Freitag provided first aid until an ambulance arrived.

Susan Kirk adds that a retired fireman helped to catch the suspects...

"John Eli Black held them until the police got here, they weren't running loose to hurt somebody else."

19 year old Dylan Bolte and 18 year old Megan Stewart are both charged with attempted murder, assault, and robbery. 

Bramwell took 11 stitches, and Kirk says she's just happy to be alive...

"I cannot say enough thank-you's to them.  Because I would not be here if it weren't for every single one of them."

"I've never been one to leave if someone needs help."  Says Bramwell.  "And I'd rather go and help someone, than hear that something bad happened."

Tuesday's armed robbery attempt may not be so much of a crime story, as it is a story of ordinary heroes - people doing what they simply felt was right.

Suspects Dylan Bolte and Megan Stewart were both arraigned this afternoon, bail for each is set at one million dollars.

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About the Author

Lyle Ahrens

KOTI-TV NBC2 reporter Lyle Ahrens moved from Nebraska to Klamath Falls in the late 1970's.  He instantly fell in love with the mountains, the trees and the rivers, and never once regretted the move.

Lyle's job history is quite colorful.  He’s managed a pizza parlor; he’s been a bartender, and a “kiwifruit grader” at an organic orchard in New Zealand.  A Klamath Falls radio station hired Lyle in the mid 90's as a news writer and commercial producer.  In 2004, Lyle joined the KOTI/KOBI news operation.

Lyle notes with pride that he has a big responsibility presenting the Klamath Basin to a wide and varied audience.  "The on-going water crisis has underscored the fact that the people and the issues in the Klamath Basin are every bit as diverse as the terrain.  Winning and keeping the trust of the viewers, as well as the newsmakers, is something I strive for with each story".

When he's not busy reporting the news, Lyle enjoys astronomy, playing guitar, fixing old radios and listening to anything by Sheryl Crow.

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