By Mona Rivera

NEW YORK (CBS 2/1010 WINS) — Prosecutors in Brooklyn probably would like to throw the book at a suspect who’s already had trash thrown at him.

1010 WINS’ Mona Rivera reports

Mohammed Esa said the suspect, who was armed with a knife, came into his Park Slope smoke shop pretending to be a customer.

Investigators released surveillance video of the robber pushing Esa behind the counter and grabbing fistfuls of cash from the register.

“A lot of things were going through my head,” Esa told 1010 WINS’ Mona Rivera. “Worried, scared, ‘How dare he?'”

Using a trash can filled with shredded paper, Esa pounded the robber as he tried to take money.

“I just started fighting back to protect what’s mine,” Esa told Rivera. “It was an instant reaction.”

Esa believes reaching for the trash can was the best weapon of choice.

“It kept a partition between me and him where he couldn’t stab me,” Esa said.

The suspect did manage to flee with $20.

Comments (7)
  1. JOE SMOKES says:

    He should not go back… He’s a looser, robber that should be thrown behind bars forever. I bet that owner will get a shot gun and leave it behind the counter from now on… It is what grocers should have for protection since it;s happening alot now adays ..

  2. CEREBRUM USER says:

    Hey “ACE of SPADE” think outside the empty space between your two ears.
    If he was lucky enough, he would use a very sharp SPADE.

  3. jtorres says:

    He’s no reocket scientist but he can’t possibly be stupid enough to “come back for revenge” An it won’t be long before they catch him. He is so clear on the tape that you couldn’t get a better picture of him if he posed for it

  4. Aceof Spades says:

    now how was he suppose to decapitate his head with a trash can.


    Terrifying, what he should’ve done was put his decapitated head in that trash can. Now this idiot is out there somewhere to either come back for revenge or perhaps attack/rob someone else. This storeowner will forever walk on eggshells until this idiot is caught.

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