• Broom-wielding convenience store owner fends off attempted robber


    BROCKTON (FOX 25 / MyFoxBoston.com) – A female owner of a Brockton convenience store managed to fend off an attempted robber armed with a box cutter using only a broom.

    The attempted robbery occurred around 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at Ecuamerica convenience store located at 57 Legion Parkway.

    According to police, Maria Pinguil, the owner, was clutching her 5-month-old daughter, Guadalupe, when the attempted robber entered the store. The suspect reportedly threated the child if Pinguil did not hand over money from the register and the safe.

    However, Pinguil acted fast when the suspect lunged at the counter. She put the baby under a table and went on the attack not stopping until the suspect had left the store.

    Pinguil did not even realize that the suspect had managed to slash her with the box cutter on her side and hand. She required 11 staples for her injuries.

    The suspect carjacked the cab that had taken him to the store causing injuries to the driver; however, FOX 25 was told that the cab driver is expected to recover.

    The suspect, 30-year-old Michael Vargas, was arrested by Brockton police and will face various charges, including assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and armed robbery.

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