SHOP workers today thanked a mystery customer who helped foil a suspected armed raid at their Sunderland newsagents.
It happened at News 2000, in Roker Avenue, when Rasaratnam Rahulan was working behind the counter, at about 8.50pm on Friday.
The 33-year-old wrestled the weapon off the raider before a customer helped to apprehend him.
“I wasn’t really scared,” said Rasaratnam, who has a chemical engineering degree from Newcastle University.
“I was for the first couple of seconds but then logic just took over and I knew I had to get the gun off him.
“I’m really thankful to the customer who helped out because if it wasn’t for him, when I’d grabbed the gun he would have run out of the shop and got away. Not everyone would do that. A lot of people would have run out of the shop straight away, but he stayed and helped, so I’m really grateful.
“The next time he comes in I’ll be asking him what he drinks and giving him something to say thank you.”
The incident happened at about 8.50pm on Friday.
It was the first robbery at the store since Rasaratnam’s friend Mahendran Thushyanth took over News 2000 five years ago.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Northumbria Police on 03456 043 043.
* A 31-year-old man was due to appear at Sunderland Magistrates’ Court this morning charged with attempted robbery and possession of an imitation firearm while committing an offence.