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Heroic Chick-Fil-A Worker Tackles Carjacker Attempting To Steal Woman's Car With Baby Inside

Heroic Chick-Fil-A Worker Tackles Carjacker Attempting To Steal Woman's Car With Baby Inside
Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office/Facebook; Chick-fil-A of FORT WALTON BEACH (743 Beal Pkwy NW, Fort Walton Beach, FL)/Facebook

A Florida Chick-Fil-A employee is being called a hero after he tackled a carjacker in the parking lot. The thief was attempting to steal a vehicle with a woman and her baby inside.

The incident happened at a Chick-Fil-A location in Fort Walton Beach, Florida, in the state's panhandle.

The employee, Mykel Gordon, tackled the carjacker to the ground in the restaurant's parking lot. He and other employees restrained the man until authorities could arrive.

You can watch part of the incident in the video below.

Gordon was working his shift in the restaurant's parking lot Wednesday afternoon when he heard a woman screaming for help from a nearby car.

The woman told deputies she was approached by the carjacker, William Branch, while getting her baby nephew out of the car. He came at her with a stick she says he appeared to intend to use as a weapon.

When she recoiled from him, he grabbed her car keys and got into the car while her nephew was still inside.

After hearing her screams, Gordon ran over and engaged Branch, tackling him to the ground and wrestling him while other employees ran to help. Branch punched Gordon in the face during the altercation, but he was otherwise uninjured.

Gordon told law enforcement that Branch had attempted another carjacking just 10 minutes earlier at the same Chick-Fil-A, when he reached into a woman's car, unlocked her passenger door, and got inside. He then got on top of her and commanded her to get out of the car.

Gordon intervened in that carjacking after hearing the woman shout for help, confronting Branch and chasing him off.

In a Facebook post, the Chick-Fil-A location praised Gordon for going above and beyond the call of duty, writing:

"At Chick-fil-A our mission is to 'Serve' and today Mykel took it further……to 'Save'."

The Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office also applauded Gordon in posts on Facebook and Twitter, in which they wrote:

"A major shout-out to this young man for his courage!"

On Twitter, people were similarly awed by Gordon's heroics.

Branch has been charged with battery and carjacking with a weapon.