Machete Wielding Clerk Fights Back

Thursday, December 2, 2010 - 10:33am

Deli employee uses machete to chase away three armed robbers.

A trio of armed robbers who stormed into a Bridgeton, New Jersey deli and pistol-whipped a clerk were scared off by a weapon of a different kind: a machete.

Three robbers stormed into the deli at about 7 p.m. on Saturday, two of them carrying guns.

They pistol-whipped and kicked employee Diego Zuniga until co-worker Ipolito Rodriguez reached behind the counter and pulled out a machete.

"That's a good thing...because they run away," store employee Johan Diaz said.

The attack and robbery, all caught on surveillance video, shows one of the robbers go behind the counter, forcing Rodriguez to open the register.

After the robber cleaned out the cash drawer, and as Zuniga was being attacked, Rodriguez flashed the machete and swung it at one of the men.

All three robbers ran away.

"If they come again, I don't know what we're going to do, but we're going to have something," Diaz said.

Zuniga was treated and released from a local hospital for his injuries.

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