A security camera captured the moment when a man with hatchet started swinging at store owner Narender Puri on Friday, Nov. 15. (Courtesy Narender Puri)

Security camera records hatchet attack on Langley store owner

Target escaped uninjured, but was ‘upset’ by incident

A Langley convenience store owner said he was a little shaken up, but physically unharmed after a man took a swing at him with a hatchet during a confrontation Friday (Nov. 15).

Narender Puri said he was in a back room at Ed’s In Brookswood when he heard someone raising their voice with one of his staff.

“He was saying he wanted smokes,” Puri told the Langley Advance Times.

“The way he was shouting and screaming, he didn’t sound normal. I said, go away, I’m gonna call the police.”

That was when the man pulled a hatchet out and started swinging at Puri, a moment captured by the store security video system.

“He swung at me a couple of time,” Puri recalled.

Puri, a former bodybuilder and nationally-ranked boxer in India, had no trouble avoiding the hatchet.

When another staffer moved to intervene with a baseball bat, the man with the hatchet fled, but not before Puri was able to grab the weapon away from him.

There was no intent to injure the man, Puri said, only to get him to leave.

“We don’t want to be criminals, ourselves.”

Puri said by then, 911 had already been called, and Langley RCMP arrived in time to arrest the suspect outside the store at 207th St. and 42nd Ave.

Puri said the incident left him a little rattled.

“I was upset,” he admitted.

READ ALSO: RCMP mapping shows crime low in Brookswood

READ ALSO: Crime rates higher but declining in Langley City compared to Township

Puri could only recall one other similar incident in the 12 years he has been running Ed’s.

Shortly after Puri took over, a robber with a metal bar hit a staffer, who needed stitches, he related, adding that robber was also arrested and later convicted, and sentenced to three-and-a-half years.

The store has also been a target of after-hours break-in attempts, he added.

Puri said he has been gratified by the community response to the incident, describing how customers have been coming by to express sympathy and show support, as well as online.

Langley RCMP report that 33-year-old Langley resident Rory Welsh was arrested and charged with robbery following a 1 p.m. incident at the store.

According to the police report, a man was demanding a cigar when a confrontation took place.

Welsh is scheduled to have a bail hearing on Tuesday.



dan.ferguson@langleyadvancetimes.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Jack-knifed semi closes Coquihalla northbound

A red liquid is reportedly spilled down the side of Highway 5

Teacher salaries, special needs dominate SD78 budget talks

Fraser Cascade has been dipping into reserves to make up teacher salaries

Slideshow: Hope’s winter weather in photos

Readers submit photos of Hope under a blanket of snow

Borrow $8 billion for Fraser Valley rail link, Abbotsford mayor urges province

Henry Braun urges province to borrow billions to connect Abbotsford & Chilliwack to Metro Vancouver

Vandals destroy sign at Hope Legion

Sign found to have fire damage and missing letters Tuesday morning

WHO says China virus not global health emergency

The decision came after Chinese authorities moved to lock down three cities on Thursday

VIDEO: ‘Porn’ answer was a wrong one for Surrey family on ‘Feud’ game show

Surrey’s Rams competed on the TV show Wednesday night

Uber, Lyft approved for ride-hailing in Lower Mainland

Kater Technologies Inc.’s application was rejected

Abandoned boats left to freeze on Okanagan Lake cause chaos

Over the last week weather conditions have caused three separate incidents

B.C. teacher witnesses coronavirus terror in Shanghai: ‘Everyone is on edge’

Face masks and hand sanitizer ‘sell out’ as 9 SARS-like illness cases confirmed in the city

B.C.-based firefighting plane crashes in Australia, killing three

Three people are confirmed dead in the crash in New South Wales

VIDEO: Man attacked with pipe in apparent SkyTrain fare gate dispute

Transit police looking for suspect after Jan. 14 attack at Main Street-Science World Station

B.C. youth sentenced for selling fatal dose of MDMA to girl, 13

Sale was made at a New Westminster SkyTrain station in 2017

Living near major roads linked to higher risk of dementia, Parkinson’s: UBC study

Green space could mitigate some of the risks, researchers found

Most Read