Something is always better than nothing when one’s in a fight for their life.
But a Las Vegas smoke shop owner is now recognizing the value of having a firearm for self-defense after fending off one of at three masked robbers with a knife last Wednesday.
Johnny Nguyen, the owner of Smokestrom Smoke Shop near Orville, spoke to FOX5 about his harrowing encounter that happened in broad daylight.
“The whole time I was a little bit nervous because obviously I was getting robbed,” said Nguyen.
“I was really scared for my life because they were wearing baggy clothes… one of them came in with a bag as if he had a firearm,” Nguyen added.
Footage shows two of the suspects entering the store. One steals a tip jar while the other jumps the counter to grab some items off the shelves.
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Nguyen immediately confronted the robber behind the counter, stabbing him multiple times with a knife.
“I was in a fight or flight mode… a lot of adrenaline going through my body,” Nguyen said.
The robber with the tip jar fled the scene. Nguyen dragged the other to the front of the store. He then called the police.
It’s unclear how serious that suspect was wounded.
Las Vegas Metropolitan Police said that in total three juvenile suspects were arrested in connection with the robbery.
While many in the community have voice support for Nguyen, a GoFundMe page has been set up to help cover potential legal fees, there are questions surrounding his use of force.
Attorney Thomas Boley told News3 that Nevada’s Stand Your Ground Law creates a gray area for businesses, especially when it’s unclear if the suspects were armed.
“What’s key in this case is the distance between the two people. You’ve got this clerk, and this guy is coming at him, you know he could, depending on the rest of the facts, theoretically fear for his safety,” said Boley.
Authorities say the investigation is ongoing. So far, no charges have been filed against Nguyen.
While he waits for the shoe to drop on the legal front, Nguyen indicated that out of fear of potential retaliation he is going to step up his self-defense posture by purchasing a gun.
“I don’t know who their friends with, maybe they want to come back and do something else, so I just must stay vigilant,” Nguyen said.
Stay tuned for updates.