Fac­ing a gun­man, his ‘heart jumped’

New York Daily News - - NEWS - BY EL­IZ­A­BETH EL­IZALDE AND ESHA RAY

On video, Ahmed Ab­del­hakim seems fear­less as he fights off an armed rob­ber and his ac­com­plice af­ter they stole cash from his Bronx food cart.

But in re­al­ity, the ha­lal cart worker was scared out of his wits when he looked up that fate­ful night to find a masked man point­ing a gun at his head.

“My heart jumped,” Ab­del­hakim, 32, told the Daily News.

Ab­del­hakim, who moved to New York from Egypt about a year and a half ago, was sit­ting in­side his cart and lis­ten­ing to mu­sic on Jan. 23 when a gun­man and his friend snuck up and en­tered the rear of his stall on White Plains Road near E. 225th St. in Wil­liams­bridge.

“He goes, ‘Give me (all the) money,’ ” Ab­del­hakim re­called.

Rather than give in, Ab­del­hakim stood up and tried to grab the gun away from the rob­ber, sur­veil­lance video shows. The two men then scurry away.

They man­aged to es­cape with the gun — and more than $1,000 of Ab­del­hakim’s hard-earned cash. While he was not in­jured in the fra­cas, the ex­pe­ri­ence took a men­tal toll. He has since moved his stall to a lo­ca­tion about 3 miles away and works dur­ing the day­time out of fear of be­ing robbed again.

“No more night­time af­ter these two guys (come),” Ab­del­hakim said, adding that he’s also had trou­ble sleep­ing.

He is also des­per­ate to get his money back so he can sup­port his fam­ily back home in Egypt.

Po­lice are still search­ing for the two rob­bers, who cov­ered their faces with scarves and wore sweat­pants and hood­ies.

“I need po­lice to (find) the two guys,” Ab­del­hakim said. “They took my money!”

/NYPD

Ter­ri­fied Bronx food cart worker Ahmed Ab­del­hakim fought off two rob­bers and now has trou­ble sleep­ing.

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