“An upstate convenience-store owner with nerves of steel fought off a masked, shotgun-toting thief by throwing a shoe at his face and then chasing the punk out the door, cops and the victim told The Post.” Here’s how it went down . . .
“I see this guy. I’m all alone, no other customers, and he comes through the door with a mask on. And he’s got a gun pointed at me and comes right over to the counter and says, ‘Put the money in the bag! Put the money in the bag or I’ll shoot you!’ and he gives me a plastic CVS bag,” said the plucky Singh.
“I put up both hands, I say, ‘OK, OK!’ ” the married father of two said. “I think I have one 50 [dollar bill]. I got 10s and 20s, I put them in the bag. But he yells ‘I want 100s, give me the 100s! I lift up the tray with the coins and say, ‘I no have 100s.’ ”
The robber didn’t buy it.
“He comes very close then, and he tries to grab the tray himself. The quarters fell to the floor, and then the tray falls,” said Singh, a native of India who came to the United States 35 years ago.
“He’s very close, so something inside me, and maybe I’m crazy, maybe it was God, but something says ‘Grab him!’ And I grab him and he gets away. I bend down and take off my shoe, like a slipper, and I throw it at his face,” he said.
“I go for him, and he runs out the door, and I follow him outside the door. I go around the building, and he is young, in his 20s, and I am old, 59, but I hold him, but he breaks away and fires the shotgun into the ground,” said Singh, who has owned the store for 19 years.
State Police Investigator Robert Torre said by the time cops arrived, the brave businessman realized the risk he took. “He reacted in the moment. After the adrenaline wears off, you’re second-guessing it. He was visibly shaken, afraid for his life,” Torre said.
Sorry, but if I were Mr. Singh, I’d want a gun with which to shoot the shotgun-toting robber – several times – should it come to that. You?