Skip to comments.Caught on Video: Couple Fights Off Would-be Robber (Elderly couple
Posted on 08/18/2009 12:48:39 PM PDT by swarthyguy
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related stories: Store Robbed at Gunpoint Danville, VA - In Danville Tuesday evening, a convenience employee was held at gunpoint, but before the would-be robber could make a move, her husband tackled him to the ground.
The incident happened at the Super Test Joy Food Mart on West Main Street around 8:00 Tuesday.
When police got to the store, they found 27-year-old Floyd Haizlip wrestling with the store owner on the sidewalk. It was all caught on surveillance video (click the video link to see). Talkback: Click Here to Comment on this Story
It took a lot of courage, but the owner fought for nearly 10 minutes until police got there. The owner's wife, Saleem Akhtar, said it was a night she nearly lost her life- a man came into the store with a gun and pointed it right at her. Saleem said the robber told her, give me the money give me the money! Right where you are!
She said at first she didn't know what was going on. "I was looking at him- confused. This is an everyday customer. Why is he doing this? Is he joking? This is how I was thinking."
In a split-second, she realized this was real. Saleem hid behind the counter, and her husband, Nazir Ahmad, surprised the would-be robber from behind. Ahmad wrestled him out the door and onto the street.
"The man hurt him [Ahmad] bad. The man sometimes hit him like this and this... here and here hitting like this," Saleem demonstrated, making fists and shoving them toward her face.
But her husband was winning the fight. He got the gun out of the man's hands and threw it far. Saleem said she hid the gun in a trashcan and called police. Then, she called her son Farhan Nazir.
"I was real scared I was thinking maybe something bad happened. My mother called at home and she was saying someone came in the store and he tried to kill them," Nazir said.
"When the police came, I quickly said let me get the gun, but the gun wasnt there," Saleem said.
Saleem thinks there must've been someone with him. "Who ever was with him must've picked up the gun from the trashcan and ran off with it."
"They just want to get easy money. They don't want to work you know," Farhan said.
Police say they don't think anyone else was with him, but they also can't explain the missing gun, at least not yet.
The family says they already have 12 security cameras at the store, now they're going to add three or four more
This was not a young or particularly fit looking couple, but they took the scumbag down....man, is he going to be embarrassed when his companions find out how he was taken down.
Let’s hear it for love and adrenalin. Too bad the perp wasn’t shot with his own gun, though.
You can be damn sure that they owned the place.No $7/hr employee would have been that “determined” (stupid,actually).
Wel1, a couple stand up for their property built on their hard work and you call ‘em stupid.
Seems to me that’s the kind of stupid that’s admirable.
Have to admire people like this.
That's a good way to put it.What they did was stupid (a real high mortality rate in such situations) but their likely motive ("damn it,we work hard here and *you're* not gonna steal it from us") is admirable.I should have made that clear.
That boy Floyd! I done warned him bout makin’ crystal meth back at his single-wide. Hope the dawg dint git inta hit while he was out a’shoppin’...
The vid’s great, guy wrestles him from behind and his begum (hindi urdu for wife) comes and takes the gun.
I’m sure they got a word of caution from the cops for future situations.
Reckless, no doubt.
That kid got a real whomping.
I agree. This was a little dangerous on the part of the older couple. A 10 minute fight will leave you GASSED.
Much safer for the hubby to have shot the robber from behind. I hope they will consider this method in the future.
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