Video: Las Vegas vape store owner defends himself by using a knife to stab would-be robber

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According to the video and the worker’s account of the incident, a Las Vegas vape store owner repeatedly stabbed a crook who had scared him by jumping on his counter during the robbery.

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Video footage showed a brazen robbery in broad daylight on Wednesday, in which Smokestrom smoke shop owner Johnny Nguyen stabbed the unidentified assailant at least seven times, before the robber shouted, “I’m dead” and hit the ground. fell down.

Officials from the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department told The Post that police responded to a robbery at the rape business on Wednesday afternoon, but did not release further details.


“I was scared for my life,” Nguyen told The Post on Friday. “When they came in, one of them had a bag in front of him, as if he had a shotgun or something. I didn’t have much time to think. I grabbed my knife right next to the register.”

Nguyen, 22, said it was around 3:25 p.m. Wednesday when two men wearing black ski masks entered his shop, while the other was standing near the door. In the video footage, Nguyen asked the two suspects why they were wearing ski masks.

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When Nguyen asked them to leave, one of the suspects grabbed the tip jar.

Johnny Nguyen, owner of Smokestrom Smoke Shop in Las Vegas, stopped a robbery attempt at his store by stabbing a suspect.
Johnny Nguyen

“I told them to go well first, but the guy took my tip jar, which was fine,” Nguyen said. “It only escalated when they came back and tried to get some more.”

Surveillance footage showed a suspect jumping over the counter and trying to grab some products off the shelf. Fearing for his life, Nguyen said he grabbed his knife with a three-inch blade and stabbed the attacker seven times.

“Please stop! I’m inactive! I’m dead,” said the would-be robber as he fell to the ground.

Nguyen said he feared for his life when a suspect walked past his counter.
Nguyen said he feared for his life when a suspect walked past his counter.
Johnny Nguyen

“I remember him saying, ‘Please don’t let me die,'” Nguyen said. “He said he was sorry. By then he himself took off the mask. I was trying to call the police when he was trying to talk to me. I just ran over and wanted to make sure that Police and ambulance reach here on time.”

Nguyen said police told him the robber was 17 years old. His condition was unclear.

The attempted robbery at Nguyen’s Las Vegas shop came a day after another business owner in California made national headlines when he shot a robber, who was armed with an AR-15 style rifle, at his liquor store. had entered.

Nguyen stabbed the 17-year-old suspect at least seven times during the robbery.
Nguyen stabbed the 17-year-old suspect at least seven times during the robbery.
johnny nguyen

Video footage also captured Craig Cope, owner of Norco Market & Liquor in Norco, Calif., firing at the armed robber, who ran out of the store screaming and running into a vehicle with other suspects.

Nguyen, who turned 23 on Saturday, said he was thankful he survived the ordeal. He said the incident left him “shaken” and plans to arm himself with other weapons to protect him.

“Small business owners like us, this is our livelihood,” Nguyen told The Post. “They are not only putting our lives at risk, but our livelihoods as well, so we have to be vigilant.”

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