Reno, NV-- (KRNV and mynews4.com)-- Phil Brown doesn't believe in dwelling on the negative side of life. Just hours after his convenience store was robbed at gunpoint, he was planning a fundraiser for a local family in need.
"We need to move on," Brown said. "You have to keep giving."
Early Monday morning, a man armed with a handgun held up the clerk at Brown's store-- Dad's Quik Mart on Sparks Boulevard-- ordered her to kneel down facing away from him, and fled. Police believe he may be the same man who has robbed four other stores at gunpoint since the day after Christmas.
for most people, it would be easy to be cynical after becoming the victim of an armed robber. But Brown, who raised $40,000 for the family of a local child who was seriously ill two years ago, has responded by beginning to plan another fundraiser for a local family who has suffered a terrible loss. Karli Johnson, 26, died just days after giving birth to her first child in December. Her family's insurance is running out, and Brown has decided to work with them to organize a raffle and raise money for the continuing medical care of Johnson's baby boy, Bodie.
"He's an angel," said one of Brown's longtime customers. "He's a great guy, a selfless man," said another.
For more information on how you can help, call Dad's Quik Mart at (775) 354-0333. You can also find them on Facebook at Dads Quik Mart.
The gunman in this robbery-- and four others-- is described as a white male in his twenties, between 5'6" and 6' tall. He usually wears a hooded sweatshirt and mirrored sunglasses, and carries a dark-colored handgun. Anyone with information is urged to call Secret Witness at (775) 322-4900. You will remain anonymous.