VIDEO: Heroic shop worker Asif Patel fought off armed raiders with his shoe
THIS dramatic footage shows the heroic actions of the shop worker who fought off armed robbers — with his shoe.
In the 46-second CCTV video, the two masked robbers can be clearly seen rushing into the Mercury Service Station in Manchester Road, Westhoughton, in the early hours of Sunday morning, behind a female customer.
The pair, dressed in dark clothing and hooded jumpers, turn towards shop worker Asif Patel when he approaches them.
One of the would-be raiders is then seen brandishing a knife, which he jabs into the assistant’s arm as he tries to fight them off.
But the undeterred victim, dressed in a green work T-shirt and jeans, takes off his own shoe to defend himself against his attackers.
The 24-year-old also grabbed a glass jar from the shelves to fight the robbers off, but they quickly fled empty handed.
The brave shop worker was taken to hospital and had to have 12 stitches to two puncture wounds to his arm, but was later discharged.
Operations manager at Mercury, who asked not to be named, said: “We are thankful for his courage but we don’t encourage our staff to tackle issues like this.
“He said it was a spur of the moment thing and didn’t know why he did it, but at the end of the day we can replace stock and we can replace money — but we can’t replace lives.
“We are very grateful to the police for attending so quickly and to The Bolton News for highlighting the story. We just hope that these men are caught.”
Both of the suspects were black. The man with the knife was about 6ft tall, of medium build and in his early to mid 20s. His accomplice was about 5ft 9ins tall and of medium build.
Detectives are also looking to trace a woman who walked into the store seconds before the incident and is thought to have witnessed the attempted robbery.
Det Cons Malcolm Cheetham said: "This man's heroic actions meant that these thieves were able to get away empty handed, but for his trouble he was wounded.
"We will do all we can to find the men responsible.
"We are appealing for witnesses but in particular we need to hear from the woman who walked in only moments before but didn’t stick around to give the police her account — probably because she was so shaken up.
"We need to find out everything that she may have heard or seen, including before the robbery. We urge her to get in touch as soon as possible."
Anyone with any information should call the police on 111 or call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
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