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A Man Stopped A Robbery At The Restaurant Where He Was Proposing To His Girlfriend

She said yes, because obviously.

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Nicholas Anderson told WCNC that when he decided to propose to his girlfriend, Deanna Deal, he asked her young son Brighton to help him plan. Brighton said he thought the perfect spot would be Salsarita's, a restaurant in Hickory.

Anderson quickly realized the man was trying to rob the restaurant, and he sprung into action.

He leaped up and put the man in a chokehold, WCNC reported. The suspect was knocked out cold.

An off-duty police officer who saw the scene also helped to wrestle the suspect to the ground, the Charlotte Observer reported.

The two were able to restrain the suspect until authorities arrived to arrest him.

Calls from BuzzFeed News to the Hickory Police Department on Saturday were not immediately returned.

The suspect, Graham Kiziah, is suspected of trying to rob the restaurant with a weapon on two other occasions, according to the Charlotte Observer.


Kiziah has been charged with one count of common law robbery for this incident, and two counts of robbery with a dangerous weapon for his alleged previous attempts.

"We are just thankful it turned out the way it did," Hickory Police Chief Tom Adkins told the Charlotte Observer.

After saving the day, Anderson still had to propose. He decided to head to his backup proposal spot, a local park, where Deal happily accepted.

"After all that happened, asking her to marry me wasn't near as bad," Anderson told WCNC.

Stephanie McNeal is a social news editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.

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