Maen Mdanat has become something of a neighborhood hero since taking ownership of the Axis Food Mart in Tuscon, Arizona, about five years ago.
“He really cares about his community and giving back,” Peter Norback, creator of the nearby One Can A Week food donation program, told KVOA-TV in Tuscon. “People come up, don’t always have the change (to pay for an item), he just lets them slide. No convenience store does that.”
But more than that, Norbeck writes on his blog, Mdanat quickly jumped in to help Norbeck “clean up our neighborhood” and even do some crime prevention to the point where “peace and civility is the norm.”
And when a would-be thief entered the Axis Food Mart about 1:30 a.m. Saturday, demanding cash from the store clerk on duty, Mdanat went into action, emerging from his office, telling the thug to get lost, and leading him out the door.
But instead of accepting the easy way out, the trouble-seeker sucker-punched Mdanat:
“He was comfortable walking in, showing his muscle, like ‘I can do whatever I want,’” Mdanat told KVOA. “That’s basically the message he gave me when he walked in. But I changed his idea when he walked out.”
What the thug couldn’t have known is that Mdanat has Army special-forces training in his background — and wasn’t about to let the guy get off lightly.
With a quick kick to the gut and just one punch, Mdanat has the crook’s face up close and personal with the pavement.
Here’s a clip containing most of the security-camera footage (Content warning: Some rough language):
Circling the guy, Mdanat gets in a few more blows to make sure he’s reached the “uncle” stage — then Mdanat actually asks him if he’s OK before shooing him off.
“I’m still human,” he told KVOA. “I have kids and a wife.”
Norbeck actually posted the complete security-cam footage on his YouTube page. And what does he title the clip?
“Adventures of Convenience Store Man” (Again, content warning: Some rough language):
Featured image: KVOA-TV via YouTube