Owner prevents man dressed as ninja from robbing store
A store owner in Fall River fought back when a man dressed as a ninja tried to rob him as customers, including a child, were trying to leave.
The attempted robbery happened Monday night at The Farm Market on Cherry Street.
When officers arrived at the scene, the owner said the suspect attacked him with a metal baton.
Store surveillance video shows the owner warding off the would-be thief, who was dressed in all black and wearing a mask, with a two-by-four stashed next to the register. He then chased the crook before out of the store and down the block.
“The first thing he said was, ‘give me the money,’ in a tough way,” Ahmad Abdulrahman, who owns the Farm Market, told NBC 10 News. “After I hit him, (he said,) ‘Oh please, just give me the money.’ OK. Take this then.”
Abdulrahman, who said he wasn’t scared. He survived the Syrian Civil War and is prepared to defend himself, as he said the neighborhood the store is in tends to get “wild and crazy” at times.
“At the beginning, I was afraid to hurt him -- then I would be liable,” Abdulrahman said. “Then they told me, ‘No, he’s in your house. You can kill him. Now I know it.’”
Abdulrahman said he hopes other criminals heed the warning on the front door, which asks customers not to wear, hoods, scarves, hats or sunglasses in the store. He also has a message for potential thieves.
"If you want to start something, be sure you’re going to accomplish it or don’t start it at all," he said.
While suspect left empty-handed, police are following leads based on the surveillance footage. No arrests have been made.