Two armed robbers entered a store to rob it last month, but ran into a pair of feisty employees who fought back, leaving one suspect to flee without a shirt.
The two employees inside Z Comm Communications had only their bare fists to work with, but they still prevailed.
“It was brave of them,” police spokesman Steven Bartolotta said Tuesday in a telephone interview. “But it’s not what we would recommend employees do.”
Police on Tuesday released a store surveillance video of the July 18 fight in hopes someone will recognize the beaten bandits.
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Z-Comm manager Khurrum Monga said Tuesday the suspect asked about buying a phone. Before last month, Monga said he had never had a robbery at his store.
“When he pulled out the gun, I thought he was playing a game or it was joke,” Monga said. “He jumped over the counter and that’s when we started pushing and grabbing him.”
The video shows two men with backpacks entering the store about 4:30 p.m. July 18 in the 3400 block of South Cooper Street. One suspect pulls a small handgun and jumps over a counter, and the fight is on.
The two employees punch, pull and grab at the armed suspect behind the counter. The second suspect grabs his handgun from his backpack and brandishes it.
The employees manage to push the armed suspect from behind the counter and he heads to the door, but the employees hold on to him. The second suspect punches at the employees in an effort to help his accomplice.
The suspect who is entangled with the employees manages to pull away, but loses his shirt.
“It was all so sudden,” Monga said. “I hope it doesn’t happen again.”
No injuries were reported.
Anyone with information about the incident should call police at 817-459-53011.