CALGARY, Canada — They picked the wrong clerk to mess with.
A pair of masked thieves armed with an axe and a tire iron ended up in the fight of their lives when a convenience store clerk started swinging back and barricaded them inside until cops arrived.
Surveillance footage revealed a wild scene when the ski-mask clad thieves — a boyfriend and girlfriend team — barged into a Calgary at 5 a.m. on Aug. 17, where Nisar “Sonny” Ahmed was manning the counter.
As he was talking to a friend on the phone, the robbers shouted “Get Down! Get Down!” he told the Calgary Herald. But he say the man then grabbed him and tried to force him to the ground and that’s when Ahmed starting fighting back.
“I said to him, anything he wants, he can take it,” Ahmed said. “But he pushed me, and then he started fighting me.”
First Ahmed spun the man around and tore off his mask. As the two struggled for control of an axe, the other thief was snatching packs of cigarettes. But when she noticed that things had taken a bad turn for her partner, she started wailing at Ahmed with a tire iron, but he managed to grab the weapon away from her as well.
She then took two big kicks at him, and Ahmed fled from behind the counter and out the door. Once outside, he grabbed a bench and a display rack for big bottles of windshield wiper fluid and used them to block the door.
After trying to push their way through, one of the thieves used the axe to smash the glass door, but as the pair tried to beat a hasty retreat, Ahmed and the friend he had been speaking on the the phone with when the robbery began, started pelting the couple with wiper fluid bottles.
The couple eventually forced their way out, but Ahmed wrestled the man, Arthur Gordon Bennie, 35, to the ground and held him until police arrived. Cops later caught up with the woman, Natalie Cory-Lyn Elaschuk, 24, and arrested her.