NBC 4 New York
The owner of a northern New Jersey deli foiled an attempted armed robbery by throwing hot oil on the suspect. Lori Bordonaro reports.
Police say a masked man wearing a blue winter coat entered Cos's Corner Deli in Linden and pointed a handgun at owner Harry Bains' face on Monday.
Bains, who has owned the deli for five years, said he couldn't stand there and watch the suspect take his money.
Two female employees were in the store with Bains when the armed suspect came in, but they weren't hurt.
Police will review surveillance video to try to identify the suspect. They also planned to alert area hospitals in the event the suspect was burned by the hot oil Bains threw at him as he ran out of the store.
No money was taken.
Bains is thankful no one was hurt.
"I pray it never happens to me again," he said.