INDIANAPOLIS – A bat-wielding shop owner chased would-be robbers out of his convenience store and kept them from escaping until police officers arrived.
When the men climbed into a pickup truck outside, 26-year-old Gurmukh Singh used the bat to break out its windows and continued to chase them on foot, according to police and witness accounts.
Singh told police he became suspicious when two men wearing hooded sweatshirts entered his store shortly before 10 a.m. Wednesday when temperatures had already reached the 80s.
A store security video shows that when one of the men pulled a gun, Singh grabbed a baseball bat from behind the counter and swung it at him. When the men fled, Singh pursued them with the bat.
Police reports said that Singh shouted at the men: "I'm not letting you go. Go ahead and shoot me." The gun was later found to be a BB gun.
The men ran to the back of the store and got into a truck, but Singh kept swinging.
"He took the same bat and busted out their windows," said his wife, Niki Phagura. "They got out of the truck and started running."
One of the men threatened Singh with a knife before running, police said.
Friends and neighbors joined the chase and helped corner one of the men until police arrived and arrested him. The other man later surrendered to officers. The two 18-year-old men were booked into Marion County Jail on preliminary charges of robbery.