Cracker Barrel manager shot trying to save co-workers from muggers
A granny who worked as a cracker barrel manager is reportedly being hailed as a hero after she was fatally shot in the chest while trying to protect a co-worker from a mugger.
Robin Baucom, 59, who worked for 34 years at a Cracker Barrel near Houston, Texas, was at the restaurant early Saturday when two men in a Dodge Charger pulled up near the front door, the Star-Telegram reported .
Another employee was trying to get in when one of the men got out of the car and tried to steal her purse, according to Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez.
Seeing the attempted robbery, Baucom rushed to unlock the door for the worker to get in and pushed the man who was trying to force entry.
During the fight, the man shot Baucom in the chest. She underwent surgery at a local hospital but later died, according to the newspaper, which quoted Harris County Police Officer Mark Herman.
“Our condolences go to her family. Sad to think these victims just started their day with work,” Gonzalez said.
Baucom’s family wants her to be remembered as a heroine who lost her life trying to protect her colleague.
“She would have done anything in the world to protect her staff or any of us,” her daughter Tina told KTRK.
“When I started kindergarten, she started working part-time at Cracker Barrel. She would buy me school clothes,” Tina said. “It should take a few months. Thirty-four years later, a heartbreak and here we are.”
Baucom’s sister Gail said, “She is our hero and we hope she will be remembered as a hero because she lost her life trying to protect her employees and Cracker Barrel,” KPRC reported.
Cracker Barrel said in a statement that the company’s “sole focus is to support our manager’s family, her colleagues and local law enforcement as we deal with this tragedy and grief.”
Billy Crumpton, Baucom’s brother, said, “The greatest love a person can have is to give their life for another person — and that’s exactly what she did,” Fox 26 Houston reported.
“She was a protector. Not only with her family, but also with those she worked with. She protected the workers and gave her life for them,” Crumpton added.
Baucom left behind her husband, three children and three grandchildren.
Angelia Richmond, a longtime Cracker Barrel regular, told KTRK, “It didn’t matter who you were, she made sure you were taken care of.”
She added: “She stood out. Not only that, she remembered your name.”
Gonzalez released surveillance footage of the possible suspect, who was seen wearing a black hoodie, black pants and black shoes.
The two men fled in the metallic gray Charger model 2018 or later.