Brave Ayr chippy boss wrestles gunman in armed robbery

A brave Ayr chip shop owner made a citizen’s arrest against an armed gunman who was attempting to rob his shop.

Ali Cobanoglu and wife Havva, owners of Lucky Star chip shop on Ayr’s George Street, came face-to-face with a gunman last Tuesday night who attempted to rob their takeaway while the couple were closing up.

Quick-thinking Ali, 61, threw the man — who was wearing a cap and face mask and demanding money be put into a bag — to the ground and held him down while a terrified Havva, 41, ran outside shouting for help.

Ali said his split-second decision to apprehend the man was like reacting to an electric shock in his body.

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Brave Ali tackled the armed robber to the ground and held him until the police arrived
Brave Ali tackled the armed robber to the ground and held him until the police arrived

He told Ayrshire Live : “It was a nightmare. The guy came into the shop, had a gun in his hand and said, ‘just empty the till’.

“He had a bag and put it in front of me and said, ‘put money into the bag’.

“I told him: ‘We’ve got cameras, the police are going to catch you’.

“And he said, ‘I don’t f****** care, just put money into the bag’.

“My wife was shaking and wasn’t far away from him and said, ‘Ali, just give him the money’.

“As soon as she said that he looked at her and that’s when I grabbed him down.

“I don’t know how I grabbed him down. It was just one second like I got an electric shock. As soon as I put him down he had no chance to move about.”

Havva then went outside shouting for help and managed to flag down an ice cream shop owner from across the road.

Ali said: “He came to the door, saw the guy was under me on the floor and said, ‘For God’s sake, what’s going on here?’

“So he helped us until the police came. I’ve never had anything like that in my life.

“The police said they’d never see anything like it; holding somebody down on the floor with a gun.”

Ali said moments before the terrifying ordeal, the pair, who have owned the Lucky Star for the last eight years, were busy cleaning the shop to close up and head to their home in Prestwick.

He added: “At the time it was like I was having a dream. When I look back now I think, ‘how has that happened? How did I manage to do that?’

“The guy is in front of me a metre away and he’s got a gun in his hand.

“It was a long gun; it wasn’t a small pistol. I don’t know if it was a real gun or a plastic gun.

“It was absolutely terrible. It was really, really scary.”

A Police Scotland spokesperson said: ”

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