A Washington mini-mart owner who has survived robberies in the past turned the tables on a would-be bandit last week.
Tan Ho, the owner of Spokane’s Hai’s Mini Mart, told KXLY he stays ready to defend himself, keeping both a handgun and a machete at close reach under the counter.
Ho, who told reporters he had previous experience scaring off an armed robber about a year ago, refused to be a victim when confronted last Tuesday at the shop when facing off with a man holding a knife and demanding money.
“I pulled out my gun — like this — and I pointed it right at him, and he ran,” said Ho. When prompted, he showed off his handgun, which looks to be an IWI Jericho 941 that he keeps in a leather thumb break holster attached to the counter.
Police are reportedly still searching for the suspect, who was only inside the store for a few seconds before he broke for the door.
#BREAKING: The owner of Hai’s Mini Mart on N Market sent an armed robbery flying for the door after he pulled out his own gun. The robber got away, but not with any cash. It’s a story you’ll only see on #kxly at 11. pic.twitter.com/3Nwbe90tyx
— Kyle Simchuk (@KyleKXLY) November 14, 2018