05/06/2011 01:51 pm ET | Updated Jul 06, 2011

Mr. Submarine Workers Fight off Attackers, Saving Couple (VIDEO)

Employees of a Mr. Submarine sandwich store in Chicago's Beverly neighborhood intervened in an attack on their customers last weekend, dramatic new security camera footage shows.

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Brothers Ernesto and Agustin Romero were manning the restaurant's drive-thru window as Mark Ziolek and his girlfriend, Tina Coconate, came through and ordered a sandwich, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. The two were on their way home from a benefit for nearby Mother McAuley High School.

Then, out of nowhere, three men approached the car, jumped on the roof, and attacked Ziolek, the Sun-Times reports. They demanded his money and his sandwich; when Coconate tried to get out of the car and intervene, she was drawn into the attack as well.

The Romero brothers jumped into action. As this video shows in the top-right corner, Ernesto reached out of the drive-thru window and held one of the men against the wall of the restaurant, restraining him and allowing the couple to get to safety:

Then, the brothers came out of the restaurant and dispatched the three men:


According to the Chicago Tribune, the three crossed the street, laughing about the attack, when a passing police car was flagged down and arrested them.

The alleged attackers are William Butler and Conor and Robert Heffernan; each was charged with misdemeanor battery and criminal damage to property.