A GARAGE owner chased a knife-wielding robber out of his shop after being slashed in the head, hand and thigh.
Daud Malik narrowly avoided serious injury when a masked raider attempted to stab him in the stomach only to spear his leg during the foiled robbery on the Murco Garage in Blackburn, West Lothian.
After fending him off for several minutes, the 47-year-old then chased his attacker out of the shop. It was the fourth time he has defended the store in six months.
A stand-off ensued on Friday night after the thief burst into the West Main Street store brandishing a six-inch blade demanding access to the safe.
Mr Malik refused to open it and instead swerved to avoid the knifeman’s lunges before giving chase to the robber who fled and escaped in a getaway car.
“He jumped for the counter and I just flew away when I saw him holding something,” said the father-of-two, from Livingston.
“‘Open the safe’ he shouted, but I just pushed him and ran to the storeroom where my employee was doing the store diary.
“He caught me on the outside of the store room at the door and I just shouted for help but [the employee] was just in shock.”
The shop owner was slashed in the hand as he defended himself before sustaining a blow to the head and deep wound to the thigh which needed five stitches at St John’s Hospital, Livingston.
It is thought the attacker fled after two cars pulled up to refuel at the forecourt.
“He ran away and I followed him,” said Mr Malik who has run the garage since 2009. It is the fourth time robbers have attempted to hold up the shop since December and Mr Malik believes a “look-out” came in just minutes before the attempted robbery.
“I’m worried about this happening again. This is the fourth time and the police don’t seem to be able to do anything,” he said.
“I have requested measures for the police and CID to put on a police van.”
Police have asked for footage from dashboard cams and cyclist helmets to be handed into to help with investigations.
The robber is described as white, of medium build and wearing a dark blue or black shiny shell or waterproof-style hooded top.
He was also wearing dark blue tracksuit trousers with single white piping down the outside of each leg, and with a white logo on the upper left thigh of the trouser leg.
He had white trainers, a black tammy-style hat, with a black snood or scarf covering the lower part of his face and was wearing light blue surgical disposable gloves.
He is believed to have arrived at the scene in a silver car – which could be an Astra or similar model – and parked on the westbound carriageway between the garage and Mosshall Caravan Park.
Detective Inspector Dave Pinkney, who is leading the investigation, branded the incident as a “violent act” and said it was “vital” the attacker is “brought to justice”.