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A 56-year-old woman who trained for decades in martial arts took matters into her own hands when a masked gunman tried to rob the store she was working at.

The woman grabbed the suspect and dragged him out.

The incident happened at about 7 p.m. Thursday at Citgo, 3401 Milwaukee St., Madison police said.

The gunman entered the store and demanded money, and the clerk turned him down.

“That’s when he went to the register and grabbed some cash,” said police spokesman Joel DeSpain. “The clerk kicked into action and put her martial arts skills to work.”

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Police said the clerk got behind the robber, grabbed him across his chest and forehead, and dragged him out of the store.

“Although summarily dismissed from the store, the robber still got away with some bills,” DeSpain said. “He fled on foot, while the clerk returned to her post and immediately called 911.”

The robber, who was described as in his late teens to early 20s and 5-foot-8 to 5-foot-10, was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt under a brown Carhartt-style jacket, dark pants and black boots, and a black ski mask.

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