How would you react to an armed robber?

A York store owner and his brother made a quick decision earlier this week to fight off an armed gunman who demanded cash.

Staff writer Mike Argento wrote: Young C. Kwon was behind the counter of his family’s corner grocery store – Penny’s Food Market at the corner of East King and South Pine streets in York – talking to his brother, Young K. Kwon, standing on the other side of the counter, when a man walked through the door with a gun.

It was about 5:30 p.m. Thursday. There were no customers in the small grocery. That’s how it happens, Young C. Kwon said, after dark, when the store is empty.

Young C. Kwon had been robbed before – about six times in the 23 years he has owned the store – often enough to know the routine, but still rare enough for it to be a frightening experience. On a couple of those occasions, he’d been robbed at gunpoint.

According to the NYPD’s Crime Prevention Division, you should never resist a robbery, especially if they display a weapon. The potential for someone to get hurt increases when someone fights back or tries to resist the wishes of the robber, the website says.

What do you think you would do if you were in that situation?

About Rebecca LeFever

Rebecca LeFever is the health reporter with a religion sub beat at the York Daily Record/Sunday News. Follow her on Twitter @ralefever or on Facebook at facebook.com/ralefever.
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