An armed man entered Amrik Singh’s Citgo gas station in Hyde Park, New York, but things didn’t work out well for the would-be robber.
Singh, 58, fought back by throwing his shoes, then chased the armed suspect out of the store.
“I had (not) planned to do something,” said Singh, a married father-of-two and a longtime Hyde Park resident who has owned the Mini Mart for 19 years, according to the Poughkeepsie Journal. “Something can tell me inside … what to do.” But at first, “I tried to give him money. I don’t know really, what happened.”
On Tuesday, a white male, described as 5-foot-10 with a thin build, entered the store in with a shotgun around 8:00 p.m.
The suspect was wearing dark clothing, two masks and gloves.
“I don’t see him when he walks in,” Singh said of the suspect, “just when he comes in the door. He (has) got a shotgun.”
“He got a plastic bag,” Singh added. “He gives it to me and says, ‘Put the money in the bag or I’ll shoot you.’ ” Singh complied but said the suspect was “very close to the counter and told him to ‘Put a $100 bill (in the bag), put a $100 bill.’
“Then he tried to grab the change, he comes really close to me, close to my belly and I try to grab him,” Singh said.
Singh then removed one of his shoes and threw it at the suspect, striking him near the face or around his shoulders. The armed suspect then tried to raise his rifle up to aim it at the shoppowner.
Singh charged the gun toting man and forced him out of the store.
Singh continued to chase him outside and said, “I go try to grab him,” and “he shoots the gun at my feet” but the bullet hit the ground instead.
“I fell down in the parking lot” and the suspect fled in his vehicle, Singh said.
“With God with me, I’m not scared of nothing,” Singh said. “I’m not a hero … I don’t want to be a hero.”
Singh said he has been robbed once before at the Mini Mart.
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