Robbery victim helps police by following suspects

April 2, 2010 2:34:36 PM PDT
A store owner attacked by armed robbers, fights back in New Jersey after two men with guns burst into his store in West Orange, demanding money. The owner, Freddy Urena is 43-years-old, 5 feet tall and a married father of two. He owns this corner convenience store, and works all day every day and was not about to let the two men rob him and get away with his merchandise.

Police say on Thursday morning, Freddy and his assistant clerk Diego were at the store when the two men in hooded sweatshirts came in and immediately pulled a knife and a gun, which turned out to be a BB gun, but they came after Freddy.

"He put a gun here and pushed me," said Freddy.

The minute they were gone and he realized they were on foot, and Freddy was out the door after them.

The outside camera caught Freddy driving after them in his minivan. He and some sharp neighbors, police say, were calling them giving them the 411, addresses, descriptions, the whole bit.

"We had learned what he was doing, going after them, where he was and we met him there," said De. Chief Timothy Rogers.

Police say they picked up one man at his home, four blocks away and the other soon after.

While police do not suggest anyone ever chase criminals, they say this time, it worked out.