Armed man driven off

Central Leader - - FRONT PAGE - By EMMA WHIT­TAKER

DON’T mess Ku­mar.

The owner of Spice­max Dairy on Mt Roskill’s Stod­dard Rd fought off a man with a gun who is now be­ing hunted by po­lice.

Mr Ku­mar was sit­ting out­side his shop at about 10.30pm on Jan­uary 18 when he was ap­proached by the would-be rob­ber whose face was cov­ered with a scarf.

‘‘He didn’t say any­thing,’’ he says. ‘‘I just got the im­pres­sion from his eyes that he was think­ing ‘if you run away I’ll kill you’.’’

Mr Ku­mar got up from his seat and was re­peat­edly hit on the head with the gun.

But he still man­aged to knock his at­tacker to the ground where the pair strug­gled.

‘‘I wasn’t wor­ried, I’m a strong man from In­dia,’’ he says.

‘‘How can I wait for the po­lice? By the time they got here I could be dead,’’ he says.

A passerby came to help and a neigh­bour rushed over from another store.

The at­tacker dropped the gun on the shop floor and fled.

Mr Ku­mar be­gan to chase him but was called back by

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Rajeev those who came to his aid.

He spent three hours in hos­pi­tal and was left with dark bruises on his scalp and be­hind his ear.

Mr Ku­mar has been in busi­ness for three years and the in­ci­dent is the first of its kind for him.

He is im­pressed with the po­lice re­sponse and says the at­tack hasn’t put him off stay­ing open at night. But from now on he will make sure he has two staff work­ing.

‘‘I’m not wor­ried. This is my busi­ness. If I’m wor­ried I can’t do my busi­ness.’’

Po­lice ad­vise any­one in a sim­i­lar sit­u­a­tion to com­ply rather than con­front an at­tacker.

‘‘Mr Ku­mar was very lucky, but the out­come could have been very dif­fer­ent,’’ Avon­dale De­tec­tive Se­nior Sergeant Peter Florence says.

Photo: EMMA WHIT­TAKER

Thick skin: It’s busi­ness as usual for Rajeev Ku­mar who was attacked by an armed man.

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