This gas station clerk at Mobil Station on Route One in Norwood fights back robber with martial arts techniques. The robbing and fighting scene caught on a CCTV camera.
The Tables Have Turned
Ebrahim Gawargi, who works as a cashier at a Mobil gas station on Route 1 in Norwood, showed his martial arts skills on a Tuesday night when a robber showed up in front of his cashier. Uh-oh, the robber didn’t know who he bumped into.
Gawargi told Boston 25 News he trains three to four hours a day at Connor’s Martial Arts Academy in Norwood, a hobby he is well invested in. His training has paid off when a robber came out of nowhere and tried to swipe the money from his hands.
He was only counting cash and that’s when the unexpected fightback happened.
Video footage showed the two brawling inside the store for at least five minutes before Gawargi gets the upper hand and pins down the suspect onto the floor. He was quick enough to respond, hitting the man on repeat.
The two men continued fighting before Gawargi pinned the suspect on the floor. After throwing more punches, Gawargi put the man in a sleeper hold and knocked him out.
“I just tried to do what I had to do,” Gawargi told Boston 25. “He grabbed my hand, I had over six hundred dollars in my hand.”
A customer outside the store witnessed the scene and alerted the police. Police identified the suspect as a 46-year-old John Benedict of Dorchester.
“If I had my way when people got robbed they would just turn over some cash and separate and then call police when it’s safe to do so,” said Norwood Police Chief Bill Brooks. “This was a little bit unusual because of the skills of the clerk.”
“I didn’t want to kill him…”
Gawargi said he never expected to use those skills outside of a gym, but that he wasn’t about to stand by idly as the man attacked him.
“I didn’t want to kill him, I needed to let him breathe, [but] when he kept moving I gave it more pressure to let him sleep again. When he attacked me I had to do something,” said Gawargi.
John Connors, a teacher at the martial arts academy Gawargi trains at, has described him as a great student who takes training very seriously.
“He’s an excellent student, he’s very respectful, he takes his training very seriously,” said Connors. “He’s a very determined guy, a very very scrappy guy, so I’m not surprised he got the best of the guy.”
Watch the video below. Video courtesy of Ted Daniel, TV reporter on Boston 25.
— Ted Daniel (@tvnewzted) July 26, 2018