Grandfather risks life defending family store
A Melbourne grandfather has risked his life, fighting off armed robbers at his family bottle shop while police took almost half an hour to arrive.
Eddy Sawan's brother was behind the counter of their Doveton store yesterday when five men stormed in demanding cash.
As his brother pressed the panic alarm, Mr Sawan came running to his defence.
The 64-year-old grandfather managed to grab one of the men in a headlock as the others ran from the store.
He tried to hold the man until the police arrived, but the others returned, this time armed with wooden stakes.
"We need to be able to protect ourselves," Eddy's brother Jason told 9News.
"This is life and death behind the registers."
Mr Sawan's brother said it was like a war going on in the store as bottles were thrown in both directions with glass smashing everywhere.
One worker was caught in the crossfire, requiring medical attention to their injuries.
Mr Sawan tried to hold the fifth man until police arrived but was forced to let him go as the group continued to smash up his shop.
"We just had to let them go – as a result they have smashed up the shop," Jason Sawan said.
Last night was the third time this year the Sawan's shop has been targeted.
Earlier this year, a knife-wielding man came in and threatened them, then in May a ram raid resulted in them being $20,000 out of pocket.
Last night's thieves managed to escape in a black Holden Commodore that was waiting in a nearby side street. All they managed to grab was six bottles of alcohol.
Mr Sawan said if they try to return, his family will be ready for them.
"We are here, we are strong – We are waiting for them."