Fight the Power: Brooklyn Store Owner Fends Off Robber -- With Trash Can

He used a trash can to defend himself from a knife-wielding robber.

By Diana Lehnert and DeMarco Morgan
|  Monday, Nov 8, 2010  |  Updated 11:25 PM EDT
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A courageous worker used a trash can to defend himself against a robber armed with a knife.

A courageous worker used a trash can to defend himself against a robber armed with a knife.

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Police need the public's help to identify a man who held up a Brooklyn shop owner and robbed him.

But the store owner didn't let his money go easily -- he used a trash bin to try to can the robber's plan.

The man police are looking for walked into the store at 65 5th Avenue in Prospect Heights last Wednesday afternoon and showed a knife and demanded money.

Instead of complying with the demands, the smoke shop owner fought back with the plastic trash container, hitting the robber on the head and body.

Nevertheless, the robber got away with an unknown amount of cash -- and luckily the shopkeeper was not hurt.

News 4 spoke with the owner by phone.

"I don't know what I was thinking, " he said.  "When the police came and they asked me what happened, I didn't know what to tell them until I saw the video and started recalling a lot of things."

He said his store is always packed in the afternoon with school kids and he's grateful none of them were inside his shop when the robbery happened.

Asked if he would do it all over again, the owner quickly responded.

"Yes! Nobody has the right to take what's yours."

Police say the bandit sped away in a late model, green Ford F-250. Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS.

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