Video: 7-Eleven clerk unfazed by attack
After fighting off two thieves who hit him with a hammer, coffee and a cash drawer, 7-Eleven clerk Bill DeBoe says he did the only sensible thing: he finished his shift.
“I sat down and talked to the police for a while, then I got back up and started waiting on the customers, all the people that I see every Sunday morning,” said DeBoe, 60, of Abington.
DeBoe said he was unfazed by the attack, which took place after midnight Sunday morning at the 7-Eleven on Brockton Avenue.
The dramatic struggle, which was captured on surveillance video, began when one attacker ran behind the counter and tried to hit DeBoe in the head with a hammer.
DeBoe dodged it, and the hammer ended up grazing his head and striking him in the shoulder. DeBoe then got the man into a head lock.
“The adrenaline started pumping, and I just turned on them,” DeBoe said.
Seeing things weren’t going well, the second thief ran to the counter and splashed DeBoe in the face with coffee, which had “a lot of cream” and wasn’t very hot, DeBoe says.
As DeBoe continued to struggle with the first man, the second hit him on the side of the head with the cash drawer.
The attack lasted about 10 seconds and ended with the two thieves running scared, DeBoe said.
“They were a little shaken because they didn’t expect anybody to retaliate against them,” he said. “I think he figured he was going to get me with the hammer.”
In their haste, the thieves left behind a number of items that may yield fingerprints or other evidence, said store manager Tourad Fadel.
The items include a baseball hat one of the attackers had been wearing; the coffee cup that was used in the attack; and the cash drawer, which the thieves discarded down the street with some of the money still in it, Fadel said.
“They were nervous,” Fadel said. “They didn’t wait for the customers to leave the store. They didn’t know what they were doing.”
DeBoe said he didn’t need medical treatment after the attack and wasn’t shaken by it at all, so he saw no reason to head home early.
“I just carried on like nothing happened,” he said. “What else can you do?”
On Tuesday, Abington Police Chief David Majenski said investigators were following a number of promising leads in the case and were hopeful they would be able to identify the suspects.
Kyle Alspach can be reached email@example.com. Staff writer Maureen Boyle contributed to this report.