A pizza owner and his father were stabbed ten times after rushing to save a 61-year-old woman who was being robbed outside their Queens eatery.
Louie Suljovic, 38, the owner of Louie’s Pizzeria in Elmhurst and a U.S. Military veteran, stated he was standing behind the counter on Saturday night when he heard his dad, Cazim, 68, call for help.
According to Suljovic, his father witnessed 3 men stab and assault the elderly woman outside the restaurant.
‘So he went after them and yelled my name,’ Sulgovic said. ‘Once I heard my name, we both chased them down the block.’
After being stabbed in the back and his father being stabbed 9 times, both sustaining punctured lungs, the courageous men held two of the three perpetrators until police showed up, with the other fleeing the scene.
They then went over to the neighboring Elmhurst Hospital, where they and the victim, a woman who has not been identified, are being treated.
Suljovic and his father were dubbed “local heroes” by the NYPD, who noted that the restaurant had also provided meals to Elmhurst Hospital personnel and emergency crews throughout the pandemic.
The three males who were following the victim that night are shown on surveillance cameras near the scene of the crime.
Supreme Gooding, 18, and Robert What, 30, were arrested and accused with robbery, assault, and criminal possession of a weapon. In addition, she was charged with criminal possession of a controlled narcotic.
The third robber is still on the run as police investigate the crime.