Hero restaurant owner tackles knifeman threatening teenage girl

Croydon: Restaurant owner tackles a knifeman in his shop

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A restaurant owner captured the moment he tackled a knifeman in his shop to save a teenage girl. The incident comes just a year after Julius Cools’ son Jermain was stabbed to death near West Croydon. At just 14-years-old Jermaine was the youngest person to be stabbed and killed on London’s streets in 2021.

Mr Cools can be seen wrestling the attacked before he yanks the forearm-length blade away and orders him out of the shop.

However, Mr Cools claims the police were uninterested in looking at the CCTV footage and said the knifeman was still at large.

Speaking on the incident he said the attacker came in “angry and arguing” after the girl came in to buy something.

He continued: “I tried to separate them, I pushed the guy away telling him get out of my shop and I realised he had his knife.

“I don’t know where I got the energy from but I just did. He could have stabbed me, I don’t know.”

Asked if he had ever seen the man before, the 47-year-old said: “I think he came in the shop before but I think he was following the girl from around the corner as she came into the shop.

“It is a good job she came in otherwise he could have attacked her in the street.”

He claimed the police came to the shop but “did not do nothing”.

Julius said he tried to help the girl after “nobody ever helped” his son.

He continued: “All I was thinking that day was that the girl could have died in the same way in my shop. I was doing it to protect that girl, she was only 16 or 17, she has her whole life ahead of her.

“We live in a world where if you leave your house you don’t know if you are going back home. This is the life we are living now.

“These young kids don’t care, they will kill you and laugh about it. They do not care, they have no Lord in their heart.

“All I am saying to people now is to be careful, kids and adults, anyone can get killed any time, any day.

“I am not scared of them, I don’t care. Since I lost my son last year I have no fear.”

The Metropolitan Police confirmed officers attended the scene but said the investigation is “closed”. 

In a statement, they said: “Officers attended but the male had left the scene.

“The occupant in the shop was spoken to – he was not injured. He did not wish to engage with police but advised the incident had been captured on CCTV.

“CCTV of the incident was viewed but the male could not be identified.

“At this time the investigation is closed but any further information will be assessed and investigated accordingly.”

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