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Father, son fight off suspect during armed robbery at SLC business

Posted at 9:52 PM, Jan 12, 2015

SALT LAKE CITY -- A father and son teamed up to fight off an armed suspect attempting to rob their Salt Lake City business Monday afternoon.

The attempted robbery occurred at Quetzal Imports on 580 West 500 North around 12:30 p.m. The business is both a convenience store and a restaurant.

According to police and witnesses, a suspect walked in and fired a gun into the air.

"I can't remember if he said this is a stick up, this is a robbery, but whatever, he walked in looked over at me, kind of grinned and just shot the gun up in the air," said Gaston Galo.

Galo's father, 62-year-old Juan Arqueta, pushed the suspect, who was half his age.

The two men began to wrestle throughout the store.

They went down the aisle, as they threw each other off shelves, eventually both ending up on the floor. That's when Galo came to his father’s rescue and grabbed the gun.

"I walked over to him and said, ‘OK let him go I got the gun you know I got the gun,’ so I put it up to him and he kind of just looked at me wide-eyed and turned around and grabbed another gun," Galo said.

The wrestling continued, until the suspect eventually ran out of the store and fled in a vehicle that was parked outside.

Arqueta lost a tooth in the scuffle while the suspect left his identification lying on the floor.

That ID led police directly to the man's condo on 3800 South and 300 East. A short time later 36-year-old David Busbee was arrested and booked on aggravated robbery and fleeing.

Busbee also has a criminal history. He was in court six times between 2004 and 2007 for drug and property crimes.

As for the family business, it was right back to work, as if it were any other day.

"He's got his wife that works here and he's got to protect his home front, which is great," Galo said of his father.