Reporting Lauren Leamanczyk
MANCHESTER, N.H. (CBS) – Cuts and bruises aside, Ayad Aldulaimi is feeling OK after taking on two much larger thieves at his store in Manchester, New Hampshire early Monday morning.
“It’s two on one and one of them… he’s like three of me,” said Aldulaimi.
Aldulaimi was working behind the counter at the convenience store when a man came in looking for beer after a time Aldulaimi could legally sell it. But, the man was not going to take no for an answer.
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“He tried to grab it. I tried to stop it,” said Aldulaimi.
Aldulaimi tried to stop the thief at the door. The suspect then punched him several times.
Then, the suspect’s friend came into the store, covering his face with a shirt. Aldulaimi thought he might have a weapon, but he kept fighting.
“I’m not going to do this, let them take the beer,” said Aldulaimi. “I’m going to fight.”
Aldulaimi just moved to the U.S. from Iraq. He spent the last five years working as an interpreter for U.S. troops. He said these two crooks weren’t going to push him around.
“That’s me. I’m not going to let anyone step on me,” said Aldulaimi.
Police haven’t arrested either of the suspects.
“The clerk was able to provide a good description of the suspects, as well as a vehicle that was possibly involved. So, between that and the video surveillance being put out to the public, we’re hopeful that someone will be identified soon,” said Lt. Maureen Tessier of the Manchester Police Department.
The car the suspects were driving is a newer model, dark maroon Pontiac G6.