A Bronx 7-Eleven clerk, identifying himself only as Jonathan, saved four customers on Monday when two gunmen entered the store. Jonathan moved the customers to a back room, and then barricaded the door with his body.
“The situation could have ended with everyone dead,’’ Jonathan said. “I didn’t care about myself, I just didn’t want anyone to get hurt.”
The attempted armed robbery occurred just after 7:30 a.m. at the University and West Tremont avenues in Morris Heights 7-Eleven store, authorities said. Two men carrying guns followed a 22-year-old inside the store. According to witnesses one of the perpetrators held up his gun and telling the man, “Give me your money!”
Jonathan at the front desk immediately hit the button on the silent alarm and then directed customers into a storage room.
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The 22-year-old ran from his assailants, perhaps also heading for the back room, when the gunmen opened fire.
Jonathan barricaded and held the door, with the help of several customers. He says the gunmen “fired at the door four to six times.”
His coworker Jay Fontannez who was not working that morning said, “[Jonathan] put his back against the door to stop it, basically to mantle it, lock it, keep it closed.” Fontannez spoke with the customers who witness the event.
“They said he was a hero. They said that was a heroic situation.”
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Jonathan explained he just followed his “instinct” at the time of the incident. “I’m just a guy who thought to do the right thing. I guess it was adrenaline,’’ he said.
Police are still looking for the gunmen who fled the scene. Surveillance video did capture the assailants. Jonathan refused to give any identifying information to reporters for fear of retaliation.
“It was my first time in that situation. I didn’t have time to think. We went to the back room. It was a spur-of-the-moment thing,” he said.
“I was trying to keep everyone safe — that’s what counts.”
Source: NY Post