Aug 22 2007
Shop owner Gurmukh Singh, 26, decided to take matters into his own hands when two armed robbers entered his Gagiís Market, at 401 S. Warman Ave. on the Westside, shop this week.
Swinging a baseball bat, Singh, chased two armed robbers from his store.
He then followed them into the parking lot and swung his bat against a Ford pickup truck the robbers were using so they could not escape.
"I'm not letting you go," Singh yelled. "Go ahead and shoot me."
The incident began about 9:50 a.m. Wednesday when two men entered Gagi's Market, 401 S. Warman Ave.
Singh, who hails from India and has been in Indianapolis for the past 17 months, noticed them acting strangely and became leery.
One man wore a hooded sweatshirt, which was not appropriate for the hot summer weather, Singh's wife said Thursday.
Singh put his hand on the bat he keeps under the counter and told his wife, Niki Phagura, 23, to take their 2-year-old daughter, Gagi, into a back room until the men left.
"They kept asking for stuff, and he kept putting it on the counter," Phagura said. "When he told them how much it was, one guy went into his pockets and said, 'I don't have any money; why don't you give me yours.' "
Singh brought his bat down hard on top of the man's gun-wielding hand, according to police reports and witness accounts.
The robbers fled; Singh chased them behind his store and watched them climb into a 1999 Ford Ranger pickup.
Singh refused to allow the men to leave.
"He took the same bat and busted out their windows," Phagura said. "They got out of the truck and started running."
The passenger fled; the driver stopped and threatened Singh with a knife before running.
Singh's friends and neighbors joined the chase and helped corner one of the suspects until police arrived.
"By the time the cops got here, we had quite a few people outside," Phagura said.
Landrum Dunning, 18, was arrested at the scene. Joshua Cody, 18, surrendered later to police. Both men were held Wednesday in the Marion County Jail on a preliminary charge of robbery, records show.
Police recovered a BB gun they say the suspects used to try to rob the store.
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