Foiled Robber Leaves Store With $40, Bread
Shopkeeper pulls gun on would-be perp, who begs for mercy, food
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Jun 3, 2009 10:19 AM CDT

(Newser) – A man approached a Long Island convenience store counter with a baseball bat, demanding cash; the shop owner whipped out his shotgun, prompting the man’s tearful pleas for mercy. The impassioned display worked, Newsday reports: Mohammad Sohail took pity on the robber and gave him $40 and a loaf of bread. “He was saying: 'I have no money. I have no food. I have no job. I have to take care of my family,’” Sohail said.

Sohail told the man never to make another robbery attempt. Seeing the shopkeeper’s compassion, the man said he “wanted to be a Muslim just like me,” Sohail said. They prayed together, then Sohail said “'Congratulations. You are now a Muslim and your name is Nawaz Sharif Zardari,’” he told CNN. Police are looking for the man, but Sohail isn’t pressing charges. He says he understands the man’s plight.