Liquor store owner fights back against robber
LAWRENCE, Mass. (WHDH) -- A Lawrence liquor store owner is no stranger to criminals. He’s been robbed before, and his vow to never be attacked again paid off.
Arturo Taveras, 69, pulled out his gun when a man, seen in the store’s surveillance video, tried to rob him inside the liquor store his family has owned for more than a decade.
“He only said, ‘only I want the money,’” said Taveras.
Pointing a gun at the store owner, the suspect demanded all his money. Taveras wouldn’t have it.
“I took out my gun and I pointed it in his face, so he ran back. He turned around and he ran back,” said Taveras.
In March 2011, Taveras was pistol whipped and tied up inside his liquor store by two armed men in another attempted robbery. Those suspects hid inside the building for hours before being captured by a SWAT team.
“We hate to see civilians put in these situations, but he was being threatened by a man with a gun. He had every right to defend himself,” said Chief John Romero of the Lawrence Police Department.
This time Taveras took matters into his own hands. He said he has no regrets.
“I’m ready to continue to work, so I’ll be here 16 hours a day, every day, seven days a week,” said Taveras.
Police were still looking for the suspect.