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Woman charged in Dairy Queen sword hold-up

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Investigators examine the sword used in the robbery attempt Sunday afternoon. (Arron Healy/FOX5) Investigators examine the sword used in the robbery attempt Sunday afternoon. (Arron Healy/FOX5)
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A woman was charged Monday as the alleged getaway driver for a sword-wielding man who attempted to rob a Las Vegas Dairy Queen before being shot to death.

Las Vegas Metro police said 47-year-old Carol Matteo was charged on counts of robbery with a deadly weapon, conspiracy to commit robbery and burglary.

According to police, Matteo was identified as the person who had dropped off a man who used a sword to threaten employees of a Dairy Queen location in the 2500 block of S. Maryland Parkway on Sunday.

Detectives said one of the workers at the restaurant retrieved a handgun and shot the male suspect multiple times. The would-be robber collapsed in front of the store, police said.

The man was transported to Sunrise Hospital Trauma Center, where he later died, Metro said.

Meanwhile, detectives were able to identify Matteo as a getaway driver during an investigation of the scene, police said. She was arrested shortly after.

Kimberly Phillips-Atkinson was shopping in the same strip mall at the time. She didn't hear any gunshots, but did see the suspect badly injured.

"When I came out [of Radio Shack], I saw a guy laying on a gurney with a white shirt. I mean he was gone - I mean he was dead," she said.

"I couldn't think of anything more pathetic than someone trying to rob a Dairy Queen," said Craig Gaff who lives nearby.

Police said none of the workers inside the Dairy Queen were injured, and at least one resident who lives in the area applauds the worker's actions.

"It's a basic human right of self-defense," said Michael Murray, who is a firearms instructor. He was carrying a gun when FOX5 spoke with him.

"If more people would [carry guns], I think some of the criminals would realize there's some easier ways to make a living than taking their lives in their hands doing it," Murray said.

FOX5 spoke with another worker off-camera Sunday afternoon who said the employee who shot the man is doing OK. He added that the robber came into the store with his face covered, and was very violent.

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