11-Year-Old Foils Knife-Wielding Robber by Throwing Loaf of Bread at Him

A robbery at a convenience store in England was foiled when patrons began pelting the suspect with food and sundries—including an 11-year-old girl who threw a loaf of bread at the suspect before he ran from the store.

The robbery, which took place Monday at 10 p.m., occurred at the Express Supermarket on Newlands Road in Worthing, a seaside town in Sussex, England.

As seen in surveillance footage, an unidentified man burst through the front door of the store brandishing a knife, and taking swipes at the air to show he is armed and dangerous. Wearing a green coat, gloves and a scarf that obscures his face, the assailant advanced toward the register and spoke to the cashier, but was immediately subjected to a hail of items thrown by the girl's father, including bread and bottles of Squash, a fruit-flavored soda.

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A convenience-store robbery in Suxxex was stopped by an 11-year-old girl and her father, who threw loaves of bread and bottles of soda at the perpetrator. CCTV

"I cannot praise enough the bravery of the father and daughter who intervened in this knifepoint attempted robbery," Detective Constable Noel Simmonds told the Guernsey Press. "There are considerable risks any time a knife is used or brandished, and whilst it is tempting to just view the spectacle of an armed robber fleeing in panic from a young girl, if the suspect is not caught he may try again, and next time someone could be seriously hurt."

Simmonds said police are hoping to identify the suspect and are asking locals to view the CCTV footage and contact the department with any information.

While a convenience-store robbery can be terrifying experience, perpetrators have been foiled by quick-thinking patrons and clerks before: In February, a cashier at an Ontario market managed to stop a robbery by hitting the suspect in the face with a banana after he demanded she open the register.

Nobody was injured in the altercation, although police reported that the banana was slightly bruised.

In October 2018, a gang attempting to rob a vape shop in Charleroi, Belgium, were stopped by the owner, who told them he didn't have very much money in the till. He promised them, though, if they returned at the end of the day he would have up to 3,000 Euros for them.

The dimwitted culprits bought the line and, when they returned to collect, police were there to arrest them.