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N.J. Deli Owner Stops Robber With Pot Of Hot Oil

Armed Suspect Leaves Empty-Handed, Report Says
Linden Deli Robbery

A robber was reportedly foiled when a deli owner threw a manager of hot oil on him Monday, a witness said. (Credit: Gary Baumgarten/1010 WINS)

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LINDEN, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — A deli owner in Linden, N.J., sent an armed robber on his way by hurling a pot of hot oil at him.

Around 2 p.m. Monday, the suspect walked into Cos’s Corner Deli on the East Elizabeth Avenue with a jacket pulled up over his face, and showed the owner he had a gun, an eyewitness told 1010 WINS’ Gary Baumgarten.

“He came in, he cocked the gun and told (the owner) Harry to step back so he could come in,” said witness Atalo, who lives upstairs. “As soon as Harry stepped back, he went inside, he looked at the cash register, and he started pressing buttons.”

At that point, the owner took action, the witness said.

“Harry had a pan in the stove, and the French fries – the grease thing that he keeps there – it stays 400 degrees,” Atalo said. “He grabbed the oil, and as soon as the guy was paying attention to the cash register, he threw it at the gentleman.”

The man fled empty-handed and remained on the loose later Monday, the eyewitness said.

Atalo expressed admiration for the owner’s courage, particularly, he said, since this was not the first time the store has been robbed.

“Man, he’s great, man. He’s a great guy, man, you know, and it’s too bad that this had to happen twice to him.”

Police asked the public to be on the lookout for anyone seeking treatment for burns, according to a Star-Ledger report.

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