A would-be store robber tangled with the wrong Axis Food Mart owner after he demanded cash and instead received a beat-down from the ex-special forces soldier.
On Saturday at 1 am, a would-be robber entered the Axis Food Mart in Tucson and demanded cash from a store clerk. Maen Mdanat, the store owner, emerged from his office hearing the commotion and led the man to the door, telling him to get out.
“I could hear him talking, saying money, and my clerk was here,” Mdanat says.
Rather than comply, he sucker-punched Mdanat whose Army special forces training kicked in quickly. Mdanat let off a quick kick to the stomach and floored the assailant with just one punch, sending him sprawling to the pavement.
“He was comfortable walking in, showing his muscle, like ‘I can do whatever I want,’” Mdanat says. “That’s basically the message he gave me when he walked in. But I changed his idea when he walked out.”
Mdanat wasn’t going to let him off that easy, getting a few more shots in while the man was on the ground. Then, he actually asked him if he was okay and told him to leave without calling the cops.
“I made sure he’s okay,” Mdanat says. “I asked him you okay? I’m still human. I have kids and a wife.”
Mdanat is a well-respected, well-liked member of the community. Peter Norback, who runs a local charity organization, says “he really cares about his community and giving back. People come up, don’t always have the change, he just lets them slide. No convenience store does that.”