A robber armed with a long-bladed knife was scared off by a chef and the owner of Chen's Garden restaurant in Brooklyn, New York, on Jan. 4 (video below).
"I wasn’t scared," the restaurant owner, Yan Lin, told the New York Daily News. "Maybe because I own the restaurant and I didn’t want him to take the money."
The restaurant surveillance video, which was released on Jan. 11, shows the suspect wearing an orange hoodie, brandishing a knife and trying to climb over the restaurant counter.
Lin and the chef, Liu Chun, come running to the rescue. Chun waves a soup ladle, and then picks up a stool.
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"I turned around and saw the guy ... and I picked up my knife," Lin recalled. "I didn’t want him to jump over the counter, so I decided to fight back."
Lin said that Chun chased the would-be robber onto the street.
"My chef was yelling and cursing at him, and maybe because the guy saw more people he turned around and left," Lin told the newspaper. "I was very grateful that [Chun] helped."
The robber was not caught, and is a suspect in three other robberies.
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In more bizarre crime news from the Big Apple, a 12-year-old boy allegedly pulled a gun on a female classmate who refused to give him one of her Chicken McNuggets on Jan. 10 in Harlem, reports WPIX.
According to the NYPD, the boy followed the girl from a McDonald's to a train station where he aimed a gun at her head and told her to give up the junk food, but she knocked his gun away from her head and told the armed juvenile to buzz off.
They both got on the train, and the girl reportedly saw the boy showing the gun to another kid.
The girl told school officials what happened on Jan. 11, and the boy was subsequently arrested.