Former Special Forces Store Owner Gives Would-Be Robber a Thumping

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Maen Mdanat has become something of a neighborhood hero since taking ownership of the Axis Food Mart in Tuscon, Arizona, about five years ago.

“He really cares about his community and giving back,” Peter Norback, creator of the nearby One Can A Week food donation program, told KVOA-TV in Tuscon. “People come up, don’t always have the change (to pay for an item), he just lets them slide. No convenience store does that.”

But more than that, Norbeck writes on his blog, Mdanat quickly jumped in to help Norbeck “clean up our neighborhood” and even do some crime prevention to the point where “peace and civility is the norm.”

And when a would-be thief entered the Axis Food Mart about 1:30 a.m. Saturday, demanding cash from the store clerk on duty, Mdanat went into action, emerging from his office, telling the thug to get lost, and leading him out the door.

But instead of accepting the easy way out, the trouble-seeker sucker-punched Mdanat:

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