Car Salesman-Commissioner Foils Robber

Knoxville, Tenn. (AP) -- Knox County Commission member and car dealer Greg "Lumpy" Lambert says he grew suspicious Saturday when a customer didn't price haggle over a 2005 Ford Focus.

The young man didn't ask for a mechanical inspection, either.

Lambert says the man pulled a .25 caliber handgun from his pocket, apparently to rob him.

Lambert pulled his own .380 caliber and the two were pointing weapons at each other for a tense moment.

The commissioner says he told the man to put down his gun and the man said he didn't want any trouble.

The suspect fled on foot and police later arrested 19-year-old Kane Stackhouse on an attempted robbery charge.

At the time of the robbery, Lambert was wearing a baseball cap that read, "friends of the NRA."

He says the would-be robber never asked for money or made demands, but then, he didn't get much of a chance to.

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