Photo by THE CANADIAN RPESS A robbery takes place at a Calgary convenience store in this undated image taken from a security video. Heart-pounding security footage of a violent robbery at a Calgary convenience store captured a fearless clerk trading blows with a man and women armed with what appears to be a tire iron and pick axe.

Video shows clerk defying would-be thieves

CALGARY — Heart-pounding security footage of a violent robbery at a Calgary convenience store captured a fearless clerk trading blows with a man and women armed with what appears to be a tire iron and pick axe.

The clerk, who is identified by the store’s owner only as Sunny, managed to barricade the pair inside the store before detaining one suspect in the parking lot until police arrived.

A Plus 1 convenience store owner Asif Mohammed told CTV Calgary he chose to allow the harrowing video to be posted online to let criminals know his business is not an easy target.

The video shows a man and women wearing disguises entering the store just before 5 a.m. on Aug. 17.

The man, who was dressed in a blue jump suit with yellow reflective stripes and a black ski mask, points at Sunny and appears to confront him behind the counter while brandishing a weapon.

The woman, who concealed her face with a bandana and sunglasses, appears to start stuffing cigarette packs into a duffel bag.

With his back against the wall, Sunny is seen holding up his hands in what appears to be an attempt to negotiate with the masked man.

Mohammed said the pair told Sunny to lie on the floor, and the situation turned violent when he refused.

Sunny then made a move for the man’s weapon, removing his mask in the struggle.

In the video, the woman produces what appears to be a tire iron from her bag. Sunny grabs that as well, prompting the woman to begin kicking him in the head. He briefly grapples with both the man and the woman at the same time before running out of the store’s front door.

Sunny attempts to lock them inside before dragging a bench, and what appears to be a display of washer fluid, in front of the exit to block their escape.

The pair appears to continue to grab cigarettes, lighters, lotto tickets, and other items from behind the counter. They attempt to leave through the front door, but are briefly kept at bay by Sunny’s hurling of large blue plastic jugs. Then the brawl spills outside.

Mohammad said Sunny happened to be on the phone with staff at another one of his stores at the time of the robbery. The other clerk hung up the phone, locked his store, and raced to the scene to help while multiple calls to 911 were placed by neighbours.

Just Posted

WATCH: Festival of Trees begins

A preview dinner and silent auction was held Wednesday night at Westerner Park

Medicinal marijuana referral clinic to open in Red Deer this month

Local Compass Cannabis Clinic to open by Nov. 30

Proposed trails for Riverside Meadows could provide “natural surveillance”

A proposal to add trails to Riverside Meadows has some residents hoping… Continue reading

Red Deer’s Bower Place aims to demolish Target, redevelop east side of mall

A major design of Bower Place could see the now-vacant Target demolished… Continue reading

Nutrition program continues to fuel students

Red Deer school expands program

Exclusive Video: Joshua Frank explains shooting Gordon, Sandra and Monica Klaus

Frank and Jason Klaus are facing triple murder charges in the deaths Klaus’ parents and sister

Liberals propose billions for affordable housing, including individual benefits

A Liberal government fond of promising help for those working hard to… Continue reading

Alberta Party sees growth in Central Alberta

Greg Clark addressed health care needs addressed in Red Deer

Ponoka council freezes Ponoka Fire Department spending

All discretionary spending frozen until full budget numbers are presented

WATCH: Ponoka’s Festival of Trees sees continued support

Three days of celebration and fundraising held at the Calnash Ag Event Centre

Creationist will speak at home-schooling convention in Red Deer

Ken Ham has debated Bill Nye on the Earth’s origins

Update: Innisfail girl found

A 15-year-old missing Innisfail girl has been located safe and sound. Police… Continue reading

Cost to fix Phoenix pay system to surpass $540 million, auditor general says

The federal government’s chronic salary struggles will take more time and more… Continue reading

Red Deer Christmas Bureau to help 1,300 children this year

Demand is high, but Red Deer always provides

Most Read

Five-day delivery plus unlimited digital access for $185 for 260 issues (must live in delivery area to qualify) Unlimited Digital Access 99 cents for the first four weeks and then only $15 per month Five-day delivery plus unlimited digital access for $15 a month