Video: Las Vegas Smokestrom Smoke Shop owner Johnny Nguyen defends himself by using a knife to stab would-be robber

According to surveillance footage and the employee’s description of the incident, the owner Johnny Nguyen of Smokestrom Smoke Shop in Las Vegas repeatedly stabbed a thief who startled him by jumping over his counter during a botched heist.

Video evidence from the theft on Wednesday, which was carried out in broad daylight, shows Johnny Nguyen, owner of Smokestrom Smoke Shop, stabbing the would-be thief at least seven times before he cried, “I’m dead,” and collapsed to the ground.

Officials from the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department informed The Post that officers responded to a robbery incident at the vape shop on Wednesday afternoon but would not provide any other information.

Nguyen admitted to The Post on Friday that she was “fearing for my life.” One of them appeared to be carrying a gun or something as they entered since he had a bag in front of him. I didn’t have a lot of time to reflect. Near the cash register, I snatched my knife.

Nguyen, 22, claimed that on Wednesday at approximately 3:25 p.m., two males wearing black ski masks entered his store as a third stood at the entrance. Nguyen was captured on camera enquiring as to the two suspects’ justification for donning the ski masks.

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One of the suspects took the tip jar from Nguyen when he requested them to leave.

“I politely asked them to go, but the gentleman took my tip jar, which was OK,” Nguyen explained. When they returned and attempted to take more, the situation worsened.

One of the suspects was captured on surveillance tape leaping over the counter and attempting to steal merchandise from the shelves. Fearing for his life, Nguyen stated that he grabbed his three-inch-bladed knife and stabbed the attacker seven times.

“Would you just stop! I’m dead! the would-be thief uttered the words “I’m dead.”

“I remember him saying, ‘Please don’t let me die,'” Nguyen recounted. “He expressed his regret. At that point, he removed his mask on his own. I was attempting to call the police when he attempted to speak with me. I just ran to ensure that the police and ambulance would arrive on time.”

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Police informed Nguyen that the thief was 17 years old. His condition was uncertain.

The audacious attempted robbery at Nguyen’s store in Las Vegas occurred a day after another business owner in California made global headlines when he shot an armed burglar who entered his booze store with an AR-15-style gun.


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