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Woman uses 9 mm pistol to scare off robber at pizza joint in Hazel Dell

A woman who emerged from Izzy's Pizza in Hazel Dell with her 5-year-old son, and was confronted by a would-be robber, displayed her 9 mm pistol, scared the man off and then helped sheriff's deputies find him, police say.

Deputies rushed to the restaurant at 1503 N.E. 78th St. shortly before 8 p.m. Friday, after the woman called 911, said Sgt. John Horch with the Clark County Sheriff's Office.

The woman, a 30-year-old Clark County resident, told dispatchers she'd walked out of the restaurant to her car when a man approached and asked her to lend him money for gas.

When she declined, the man asked for $20, then came closer and demanded money in a threatening tone, Horch said.

Horch said the woman reached in the driver's door of her car, grabbed her semiautomatic pistol and put it in her waistband.

When the man approached again, "She lifted up her shirt and, after he saw the gun, he took off," Horch said.

Deputies arrived in only a couple of minutes and found a suspect nearby, Horch said.

The woman said, "There he is," and deputies quickly took him into custody, Horch said.

Wilbur Haisley, 48, of Vancouver was jailed on suspicion of attempted second-degree robbery, Horch said.

The woman's young son "told us he was very scared," Horch said.

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