In a span of a week and a half, a father and son were held at gunpoint during robberies in their respective stores. Both of them fought back and grabbed the handguns from the suspects.
“I’ve been working all my life," said Charley Muntaser, owner of Suleyman’s Market on West 32nd
Street and Marvin Avenue in Cleveland. “For just a few dollars, they want to take your life away. Imagine that.”
Two armed suspects demanded money from Muntaser as he closed Suleyman’s Market Wednesday night. Last week, a suspect held Muntaser’s son, Ahmad Muntaser, at gunpoint at his workplace, Metro PCS at East 110th Street and Superior Avenue.
“Imagine two guns in my face,” said Charley Muntaser.
Charley quickly turned his situation around, pulling out his own gun and holding the suspects at gunpoint, demanding that they get on the ground.
“And they was ‘oh let us go, we never come back again, and I say police are already here,’” recalled Charley.
In his son’s case, Ahmad grabbed a handgun from a suspect who demanded money at Metro PCS. He then told the suspect to leave.
In Charley’s case, a nearby resident noticed the masked, armed men.
“They had the guns, and it freaked me out, so I waved down the cop,” said Leon Palmer.
Officers were nearby. So as the situation unfolded inside, police surrounded the store outside.
“We took the masks off of their faces, and their faces looked familiar like I had seen them before,” said Charley.
Charley and his clerk ordered the suspects to crawl out the back door of the store to police. They were arrested and identified as 19-year-old Deante Pascal of Parma and 18-year-old Coreauntae Nicholson.
According to the police report of the incident, Nicholson lived a few blocks from Suleyman’s Market. He was convicted of aggravated rioting as a juvenile.