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Apr 30, 2014 12:31 PM by Rebecca Taylor

'Convenience Store Man' shows crooks who's boss

TUCSON - Maen Mdanat doesn't put up with any shenanigans.

As the owner of Axis Food Mart on Broadway near Campbell, he shows would-be thieves who's boss. Check out this video that was caught on camera:

So you know when trouble is walking in your door? "Oh yes, you sense it right away," says Mdanat.

Judging by a surveillance tape clip, the nickname fits.

Around 1:30 Saturday morning Maen says a would-be thief entered his store, asking his clerk for cash.

"I could hear him talking, saying money, and my clerk was here," says Maen pointing to his TV monitor.

Recognizing trouble, Maen says he came out of his office, showed the suspect the door and was sucker punched.

Little did the man know, Maen trained with an Army Special Forces Unit.

"He was comfortable walking in, showing his muscle, like I can do whatever I want," says Maen, "that's basically the message he gave me when he walked in. But I changed his idea when he walked out."

Peter Norback is an advocate for the less fortunate in the Miles Neighborhood. He created One Can A Week, a food service donation program. Norback says in the five years Maen has owned the Axis Food Mart, crime has dropped and a sense of community has bloomed.

"He really cares about his community and giving back," says Norback, "people come up, don't always have the change (to pay for an item), he just lets them slide. No convenience store does that."

In the end, the suspect in the two minute video picks himself up. But before he walks away Maen says, "I made sure he's okay. I asked him, you okay? I'm still human; I have kids and a wife."

When asked if he's worried about retaliation Maen says no. He hopes the suspect, and others like him learned a lesson.

To learn more about The Convenience Store Man, the neighborhood has started a blog about him.

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