[Video below. See initial report here.] The NY Post reports: He grappled with a gunwielding thug to save his partner and paid with his life. Dramatic surveillance photos show the valiant attempt by a Brooklyn liquor- store worker to fend off a gunman trying to steal cash and jewels.
After the masked robber strode into MB Vineyards in Midwood and trained his pistol on Lahavah Wallace, Yoseph Robinson – a Jamaicanborn convert to Orthodox Judaism – lunged over the counter to grab the weapon.
“I froze. I’ve never had a gun pointed at me before,” said Wallace, 37, who had been visiting Robinson, 34, at the store. “Yoseph grabbed the guy’s wrist. The guy pulled back and pointed the gun back at me. Yoseph reached for the gun again.”
Robinson, a former hiphop record executive, grabbed the thug, buying Wallace time to flee.
“He jumped over the counter and wrestled with the guy with the gun and told me to go,” Wallace said.
She ran into a backroom and hid with Yoseph’s cousin, Shamar.
She heard three shots. “We were scared,” Wallace recalled. “I didn’t know if the guy was still out there.”
She called 911. When it seemed safe, they came out and saw Robinson bleeding on the floor.
“He was struggling to breathe,” she recalled.
Robinson – whose 6-year-old daughter, Chana, lives in California – was pronounced dead at Kings County Hospital.
“I’m numb. It’s a nightmare,” Wallace said.
“I didn’t see that [the gunman] took anything. He took the most precious thing in the store.”
Robinson had immigrated to New York at age 12 and eventually dropped out of school and headed to Los Angeles, where he staked a claim in the record industry. At age 23, he left the glitz of the hip-hop life and converted to Judaism.
Wallace said it came as no surprise that Robinson stuck up for her.
“That’s who he was,” she said. “He was the type of person that, whoever would have been there, he would have done that.”
Cops are offering a $12,000 for information leading to the killer.
Click below for video footage:
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