A would-be thief tangled with the wrong man. 25-year-old Mostafa Hendi walked into the the We Buy Gold shop in North Carolina yesterday and demanded money from the clerk. The clerk, Derek Mothershead, wasn’t taking any gruff.
After reaching to give the armed robber the cash, Mr Mothershead gave him something else – an unexpected punch, knocking him to the floor. Surveillance camera footage caught the moment.
“When he came through the door, he told me had a gun and he even flashed it,” Mr. Mothershead said. I stood up and threw my hands up and said, “Take the money.”
The thief came behind the counter and Mothershead went to pass him cash from a drawer.
“When he reached out, I took a step in, I cocked back and preloaded and I hit him hard,” Mothershead said.
When the thief came to, the clerk forced him to mop up his own blood from the shop floor with paper towels and cleaner.
Mothershead also grabbed the man’s weapon, but said he laughed when he realized it was just a pellet gun.
Paramedics took the man away on a stretcher and Mr. Mothershead’s handywork can be seen in Hendi’s police mugshot, where his face looks bruised and swollen.
He remains behind bars on a charge of attempted robbery with a dangerous weapon.
Store manager Juaz Cruz added: “Merry Christmas Mostafa Hendi.”
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