An attempted robbery turned into a bloody battle between a Queens bodega owner and his alleged attacker yesterday afternoon in Woodhaven.
According to police, 27-year-old Omar Rodriguez pulled a gun and demanded money from the owner of a bodega on 77th street in Woodhaven a little before 5 p.m. yesterday. But instead of handing over cash, the store owner – 50-year-old Johan Marten – pulled out a machete.
Police say he cut Rodriguez's finger off and sliced him on his head and arm. Officers say Rodriguez fired two shots during the struggle but missed.
"He was telling him, ‘give up the money, give up the money.’ You could see him with his hand just trying to tell him, ‘give up the money,’” said witness Shamir Martinez. “And the guy just protected himself."
“He's so sweet, so nice. He says hi to you every day in the morning,” said neighbor Lynda Valez. “Even if he sees you ten times over, he'll still say hi with a big smile on his face, so I was really surprised [that he defended himself]."
Police say Marten won't face any charges because he was acting in self-defense. Rodriguez was taken to Jamaica Hospital. He has been charged with attempted murder, robbery and criminal possession of a weapon.