A brave shop worker chased a knife-wielding thug and knocked him to the ground before sitting on him until help arrived.
Muja Hid Ali sprang into action after the would-be raider demanded cash and threatened to kill him.
The 28-year-old, who has been hailed a hero by his boss, told yesterday of the ordeal after Dechlan Whyte, 21, admitted attempted robbery.
Muja was working alone late at night at News and Chews in Bridge Street, Aberdeen, when Whyte pulled a knife and demanded cash before he fled after being spooked by a noise outside.
The brave shop assistant ran after Whyte and restrained him with the help of a bouncer from the next-door Underground Klub.
Muja, who had just moved to Aberdeen from London and started working at the store about two weeks earlier, said: “He was just going through to buy something else like a usual customer.
“I observed something suspicious, he was looking at me in an aggressive way.
“He was watching the cameras as well. Then he came round the corner where there was no camera and he asked me with the knife, ‘Give me money otherwise I will kill you’.
I was shocked. People steal things and then they run away but with the knife and threats that they will kill me? That’s the first time in my life.
“I told him, ‘Calm down, nothing to worry about, whatever you want let me know and I will help you.’
“He said, ‘No, give me money otherwise I’ll kill you’ and pointed the knife at me.
“I was in fear for my life, definitely.
“I didn’t have anywhere to run away. I tried to defend myself. I said, ‘Look, I’m a worker here, just calm down and take the money.’”
But Muja took the threats “personally” and chased Whyte after he fled.
He said: “I followed him outside on the road, I pushed him on the floor and then I beat him. He was running and suddenly I pushed him and jumped on him and a few punches. Once you have your life threatened, then you become brave. You have to be brave and defend yourself.
“In the moment, I was brave. I knew if he ran away he would come back, so you have to give them a lesson, no one can mess around here.”
Whyte appeared at Aberdeen Sheriff Court via video link from jail on Monday and pled guilty to charges, including attempting to rob Muja in November last year, demanding money and making threats.
He also admitted possession of a knife and failing to appear at court on a previous occasion.
Muja said Whyte, who was remanded in custody pending sentence later this month, deserves to be in custody.
His boss, shop owner Mohammad Abdullah said: “He did a good job. He’s a hero.”