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Florida man beaten up by trained fighter in failed robbery

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

Thursday, February 18, 2016, 7:44 PM

A Florida man had his heart — and possibly his nose— broken on Valentine’s Day when he tried robbing a pharmacist in front of her trained fighter boyfriend.

Robert Nemeth, the alleged robber, walked into the Walgreens on Valentine’s Day, leaped onto the counter, told the pharmacist he had a gun and then demanded Oxycodone pills, the Brandenton Police Department said.

Unfortunately for him, the pharmacist’s beau, David West, was visiting his girlfriend for the romantic holiday just as the thief showed up.

Anthony Nemeth, the alleged Walgreens robber, after he was beaten up by the pharmacist's boyfriend — a trained fighter.Bradenton Police Department

Anthony Nemeth, the alleged Walgreens robber, after he was beaten up by the pharmacist’s boyfriend — a trained fighter.

“When he started reaching into his pants like he had a weapon, that’s when I did something just to protect my girlfriend,” West told WFSB.

Surveillance footage showed West casually walking over to the thief, pulling him off the counter, yanking his white towel mask and sweater off, and landing a series of hard punches to his face, knocking out the wannabe robber.

Robert Nemeth came into the Walgreen with a white towel covering his face, demanding Oxycodone pills, police said. Bradenton Police Department via WFSB

Robert Nemeth came into the Walgreen with a white towel covering his face, demanding Oxycodone pills, police said.

Enlarge David West, a trained fighter visiting his girlfriend at Walgreens knocks out Robert Nemeth after the attempted robbery. Bradenton Police Department via WFSB

David West, a trained fighter visiting his girlfriend at Walgreens knocks out Robert Nemeth after the attempted robbery.

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West held Nemeth down as his girlfriend watched until police arrived. The 26-year-old was brought to Blake Hospital for treatment after the embarrassing beatdown, and then brought to Manatee County Jail. He is charged with armed robbery.

West, the trained brawler, felt bad for Nemeth, but did not regret defending his girlfriend.

Trained fighter David West was visiting his girlfriend for Valentine's Day at Walgreens when the thief came into the store.WFSB

Trained fighter David West was visiting his girlfriend for Valentine’s Day at Walgreens when the thief came into the store.

“I did what I had to do to protect the person I love. I hope he gets the help he needs, and I hope it helps his loved ones too,” the fighter said.

ang@nydailynews.com

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