Police say a masked man terrorized a deli owner in Jersey City by not only robbing him once, but returning four more times in 11 days.
Authorities say the suspect made three successful attempts in six days, before being arrested on his fourth attempt on Day 11.
“I was so surprised! I’ve never seen anything like it!” said Augie Lopez, the owner of Augie’s Deli.
In his 32 years running the business on Old Bergen Road, this was a first.
Surveillance from January 10 shows the masked man coming behind the counter and charging at Lopez, 77.
“He came on top of me and he’s fucking me. And I’m like, ‘What’s going on?'” Lopez recalled.
Suspect also stole a few cigars, but that wasn’t enough.
He returned five days later, knocked Lopez to the ground, and fled with the cash. Then he came back the next day.
“This time he jumped over the counter. This time he came after my wife. My wife was there, I was standing in the back,” Lopez said. “My wife was trying to spray him with pepper spray. But he didn’t stop. He kept pushing.”
The suspect took even more money.
Then, for the fourth time in 11 days, he came back.
“This time he jumped over the counter, but this time he got a surprise,” Lopez said. “We had a policeman here, and the policeman identified him, and he left. The policeman chased him. And my son who is a policeman too, he was outside, and they caught him.”
Lopez says he doesn’t recognize the suspect and doesn’t know why he kept aiming for the deli.
“It’s very traumatic. Now I see all the guys with black masks coming and I think they’re all coming for the same thing, you know?” said Lopez.
Lopez says he still has bruises all over his body and commends the Jersey City Police Department for continuing to watch him.