IHOP Employee Puts his Martial Arts Experience to Use


According to a report by ABC – 13, an altercation involving a waiter from a San Antonio IHOP restaurant and a man wh0’s intent to steal from the register happened on Saturday, October 14th. Elijah Arnold, a 22-year-old with a third-degree black belt said that three suspicious people entered the IHOP and this cause him some alarm. Not long after the three people entered, he heard a loud pop on the cash register. This was when Arnold decided to put his martial art skill to the test.

“I like, ran up. He like, swung the crowbar at me. I blocked with my left arm, I hit him with my right hand, and I pulled him to the ground,” Arnold said.

Afterward, as he held the would-be robber on the ground, Arnold says that the man was begging him the entire time to let him go.

“Even on the ground when I was holding him, he was begging me, ‘Please let me go, just give me the money, you should understand this,'” Arnold said.

Elijah was hit in the face by the crowbar but says that the appreciation from his managers more than makes up for the injury. In the end, the suspect who was held to the ground was arrested, but the other two are still at large.


Workplace Incidents

This story may be a pretty extreme case for a work-related injury. Most of the time, injuries in the workplace are not going to gather such impressive headlines. While some places of business may have a policy about engaging in a confrontation with robbers, this group of managers appeared to be pleased with Elijah’s actions.

While a robbery may always be a potential hazard in some businesses like restaurants, you are probably much more likely to be injured in a slip and fall accident than in a robbery. The simple mistakes and careless behaviors of workers can lead to accidents that cause others a great deal of pain and frustration. If you are severely injured while working, you might lose the ability to work for a long time or even permanently. There can be several legal factors when it comes to an on-the-job injury. For instance, the State of Texas does not require a business to subscribe to workers compensation insurances. For this reason, you may want to discuss your accident with an attorney who has experience in these types of situations.


2015 Work Injury Statistics

According to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports:

  • The annual total of 4,836 fatal workplace injuries in 2015, was the highest number since 5,214 fatal injuries happened in 2008.
  • A total of 4,836 fatal work injuries were recorded in the United States in 2015, a slight increase from the 4,821 fatal injuries reported in 2014.
  • Workers age 65 years and older incurred 650 fatal injuries, the second-largest number for the group since the national census began in 1992 but decreased from the 2014 figure of 684.
  • Fatal injuries in the private oil and gas extraction industries were 38 percent lower in 2015 than 2014.
  • Seventeen percent of decedents were contracted by and performing work for another business or government entity in 2015 rather than for their direct employer at the time of the incident.
  • Heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers recorded 745 fatal injuries, the most of any occupation.
  • The 937 fatal work injuries in the private construction industry in 2015 represented the highest total since 975 cases in 2008.


San Antonio Work Injury Lawyers

If you have been injured while working, you may want to contact us. We can discuss the details of your accident and your injuries in a free preliminary consultation. This consultation requires no obligation on your part and is completely risk-free. Talk to us and let us see how we may be able to help your situation.