The father and son duo hailed as heroes for preventing off a pack of goons robbing an aged girl close to their Queens pizza store mentioned Wednesday town’s crime scourge has compelled them to take public security into their very own palms.
“People have to protect themselves, because the government is not doing it,” Cazim Suljovic, 68, informed The Post from his mattress at Elmhurst Hospital, the place he’s recovering from a punctured lung and 9 stab wounds.
“There is no law. This is why the people do it. You can stand outside your own door, with many people in the street, and you’re still not safe.”
On Saturday night, Cazim and his son Louie, a 38-year-old navy veteran, have been toiling at their Elmhurst pizzeria, Louie’s, when the daddy noticed a 61-year-old girl being robbed exterior of their restaurant.
Robert Whack, 30, his brother-in-law Supreme Gooding, 18, and a 3rd, un-apprehended suspect had allegedly stolen the Korean girl’s purse and stabbed her in the again, prosecutors mentioned.
“I see a lady on the floor and three people around her. I say, ‘What are they doing?’ They’re robbing her,” Cazim recounted, calling the perpetrators “f–kng bastards” and “animals.”
He ran out of the eatery to assist and referred to as his son to comply with.
“My father chased them. He called my name and I chased with him,” Louie, who is additionally recovering from a punctured lung, recalled from his hospital room.
“I caught up to them and we started an altercation, because I wasn’t going to let these guys go.”
Cazim and Louie began preventing with the boys, who took out knives and stabbed them.
“One individual stabbed me in the back with a knife. It went in through the left side right near my spine and it punctured the left lung. It deflated the left lung,” Louie mentioned.
“My father was attacked by the other guy and stabbed multiple times because the other guy’s a coward. He wants to beat up a 61-year-old woman but he can’t take a 68-year-old man on a one-on-one. He’s beating your ass, so now you have to use a knife because you’re a coward.”
The NYPD quickly arrived on scene and took Whack and Gooding into custody and charged them with theft, assault and felony possession of a weapon. Gooding was individually hit with an tried homicide rap and Whack was charged with felony possession of a managed substance after cops discovered suspected heroin on him.
In the 2 weeks previous to Saturday’s assault, Whack and Gooding allegedly beat up two others – together with a 75-year-old girl they stole $2,500 from, cops mentioned. Whack has one prior arrest for fare evasion in 2016 and Gooding has no different prior run-ins with the legislation.
Louie mentioned his father was stabbed in the arms, again and stomach however has pulled by way of and after surgical procedure, is “doing good.”
“He’s a beast,” the son mentioned of his pops, an Albanian immigrant.
“He walked – walked – to the emergency room at Elmhurst Hospital. I went back to the shop and that’s when the ambulance came.”
Cazim, who’ll have to spend just a few extra days in the hospital, mentioned “enough is enough” with town’s crime.
“It’s business as usual for these people – ‘Take her bag and let’s go,’” Cazim mentioned.
“You can’t let it go. I have a mother. I have sisters. Thank God I only had fingers [to fight with]. If I had something else, a different story would have happened.”
Louie mentioned he hopes Mayor Adams is capable of clear up town and do extra to guard crime victims.
“If he turns out to be de Blasio 2.0, he’s going to need to be removed from the area as well, because you need somebody who’s a leader, who needs to make the city right again,” mentioned Louie.
“The police need to be able to do their job, not be vilified. It gives criminals an entitlement, and when they have an entitlement they will do whatever they want. When they know they can’t get in trouble it creates a new type of criminal.”
Despite the accidents he and his dad suffered, Louie mentioned he has no regrets.
“We weren’t going to let these people get away with attacking a poor elderly Asian woman. We don’t allow that to happen. We try to stick up for everybody that we can,” the veteran mentioned.
“Even though this happens to be a consequence of it, we would do it again.”