New Bedford store owners speak out after attempted armed robbery

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (WPRI) — Surveillance video from last Thursday night shows a masked man approach the counter of a New Bedford convenience store on Acushnet Avenue — threatening the store owners with a knife.

Store owner Wessam Mohamed was moments away from closing when a man, wearing a ski mask and holding a knife, entered.

“Give me all the money. Fill the bag now with all the money. I will kill you. I will kill you,” Mohamed recalled the suspect saying.

As the suspect attempted to take the cash register, Mohamed said adrenaline set in.

“I got my bat and I start to hit him,” he said.

Mohamed said he hit the suspect with the bat, he fell, and then proceeded to run out of the store. The store owner chased the suspect down nearby Shaw Street, but lost track of him when he got into a car.

Safaa Mohamed is the owner’s wife. “When I see that video again, I know we were stronger than him [the suspect] and we made him scared,” she recalled.

The family said opening the market on Friday morning was difficult, but the situation has taught them about perseverance.

“You have to forget that [the situation],” Mohamed said. “You have to take action.”

Police have not made any arrests and continue to investigate.

If you have any information, you’re asked to call New Bedford Police.