In a botched robbery attempt at Smokestrom Smoke Shop, Johnny Nguyen, the proprietor of a vape shop in Las Vegas, stabbed the would-be thief many times out of concern for his life. video of the incident
I recall him pleading with you not to let him pass away.
In a desperate bid to save his life, the proprietor of a vape shop in Las Vegas repeatedly stabbed a thief after the latter jumped over his counter.
The theft, which took place on Wednesday in broad daylight, was captured on video. Johnny Nguyen, the proprietor of Smokestrom Smoke Shop, stabbed the unnamed thief at least seven times until he cried, “I’m dead,” and collapsed to the ground.
Later, the robber was identified as a 17-year-old adolescent. His injuries’ full degree remained unknown.
The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department arrived at the location Wednesday afternoon in response to a complaint of a robbery incident at the vape shop, but they declined to provide any other information.
I politely requested that they leave, but the man seized my tip jar instead, which is OK.’
“I was terrified for my life,” Nguyen told the New York Post. When they entered, one of them carried a bag in front of him that looked like it contained a gun or something like. I didn’t have a lot of time to reflect. In front of the cash counter, I snatched my knife.
Nguyen, 22, said that two males entered his store wearing black ski masks at 3:25 p.m. while another waited by the entrance. Nguyen was seen on tape asking the two suspects why they were wearing the ski masks.
On video, one of the suspects could be seen leaping over the counter and reaching for products on the shelf. In a fit of rage, Nguyen claimed to have stabbed the assailant seven times with a three-inch knife.
“Stop, would you? I’m gone! The would-be thief exclaimed, “I’m dead,” before falling to the ground.
Nguyen recalled the man pleading, “Please don’t let me die. He expressed his regret. At that moment, he had already taken off his mask. I was trying to phone the police as he was trying to talk to me. I just hurried because I wanted to ensure that the ambulance and police officers arrived on time.
When Nguyen told them to go, one of the defendants grabbed the tip jar.
According to Nguyen, who spoke to the nypost, “I initially requested them to leave respectfully, but the man snatched my tip jar, which was alright.” “It escalated when they came back and attempted to steal some more.”
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Retailers fighting violent violence
One day before to Nguyen’s bold attempt to steal his Las Vegas shop, a California business owner shot a robber who broke into his booze store with an AR-15-style gun.
The armed robber raced out of the shop yelling, “My arm has been blasted off,” and fled in a car with other suspects, according to video footage of 80-year-old Craig Cope, the owner of the Norco Market & Liquor in Norco, California. Cope was shortly apprehended.
On Saturday, Nguyen, who will be 23 years old, expressed his appreciation for surviving the ordeal. He said that the incident had left him “shook,” and he plans to think about arming himself with other firearms for protection.
According to Nguyen, “Small company owners like us, this is our lifeline.” We must be cautious because they not only pose a danger to our lives but also to our way of life.
What motivated the would-be robber, who is 17 years old, to turn to crime is not immediately evident.