Belmont Bodega Hero Whups Armed Robber
NEW YORK– A slick thinking robber met his match when an Arthur Avenue deli worker fought off the gunman trying to rob his store.
Cops say the suspect placed a food order at the Habibi Deli on 187th Street at around 11 am on September 17. When the clerk went to cook up a bacon, egg and cheese sandwich, the suspect went behind the counter and displayed a handgun.
The gunman went on to pistol whip Mina Farag, a 38-year-old Egyptian immigrant, demanding cash.
According to the NY Post, Farag then thought of his pregnant wife and that gave him the strength to act. He ripped the gun from the robber’s hands.
Farag is seen on surveillance video restraining the gunman with an arm bar to the throat.
The attacker then fled on foot empty handed.
Farag was treated for his injuries but downplayed them to his wife. The Post reports that the deli hero told her he was in a car accident so she would not worry.
The gunman is described as a black male in his 20s. He was last seen wearing a blue sweatband, a black hooded sweater, dark colored jeans, black sneakers and he had on a black backpack.
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