A Chicago business owner is sharing his story after fighting back against an armed robber in Portage Park earlier this month.
The confrontation occurred at Car Care Auto Spa near Cicero and Patterson Avenues.
It’s been more than two weeks since James Suh came face to face with the armed robber inside his business, with the two minute-long confrontation caught on surveillance camera.
“It was just so sudden and alarming, no preparations,” he said. “I didn’t even see him walking in and all of a sudden he’s just there in front of me.”
The business owner told NBC 5 he was on a conference call for his daughter’s school around closing time when a masked man walked in, held him at a gunpoint, and demanded money from the register.
“My mind was in complete shock,” he said. “I didn’t know how to react, how to respond at all-- my hands just went immediately.”
Suh told the robber he couldn’t open the register. The robber is seen on camera having issues with the gun. The married father of two said he saw this as an opportunity to try to grab the gun away from him.
Another camera angle shows the two struggling near the front of the store. Both individuals are seen grappling over the weapon, with Suh trying to disarm the suspect.
In the end, Suh was able to snatch the gun away from the suspect, who ran out of the store empty handed.