California: Armed store owner foils robbery

San Diego, California

From the San Diego Union Tribune of December 13, 2007

Armed store owner foils robbery

Two masked gunmen held a North Park liquor store owner’s daughter at gunpoint Thursday night but ran off when the owner pointed a gun at them.

The robbery try occurred at United Market and Liquor on University Avenue near Hamilton Street shortly before 10 p.m.

San Diego police said one of the men walked from the front door to the counter, while the other came in the back door and stepped behind the counter. He raised a handgun to the woman’s head and demanded cash.

The store owner, sitting by the front door, pulled out his own pistol and aimed it at the robbers, police Sgt. Rich Nemetz said. The masked men ran away without getting any money.

Police did not release a detailed description of the robbers.

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