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A heroic pizza owner and his father are fighting for their lives after they were repeatedly stabbed as they intervened to save a 61-year-old woman from being assaulted outside their restaurant in Queens, family and police told the Post.
Louie Suljovic, a 38-year-old veteran, was working behind the counter at his Louie pizzeria in Elmhurst when he and his father Cazim Suljovic saw the elderly woman being robbed by two men on Saturday night.
Queens pizzeria owner, stabbed Louie’s, and his father, Cazim Suljovic, saw the elderly ASIAN woman being robbed by two men Saturday night…. https://t.co/ID0mibCJc0
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Without hesitation, Suljovic and his 68-year-old father stepped in to help but were eventually stabbed and struck with an unidentified object, police said.
Both father and son suffered punctured lungs in the attack, a relative told the Post.
“Cazim is in a serious situation… Louie is better, she is holding up and I think everything will be fine,” said Cazim’s cousin Remzija.
“They are heroes,” he added. “You came to save a stranger.”
The elderly victim told police the suspects approached her from behind, pushed her and snatched her purse in anticipation of the stabbing.
Officers managed to arrest two suspects when they arrived around 9:00 p.m. m., while other responsive police officers provided medical assistance to the two victims.
Robert Whack, 30, and Supreme Gooding, 18, were arrested for the attack. Both have been charged with robbery, assault and criminal possession of weapons.
Whack was also found with a large amount of what police believe to be heroin and was shot for felony possession of a controlled substance, police said.
Both father and son are being treated at Elmhurst Hospital, the same facility where the pizzeria provided meals to staff and first responders during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“He and his father are some of the best New York has to offer. We thank you for your courage and wish you a speedy recovery,” the 110th Precinct Police Department tweeted.
A GoFundMe set up to help the two victims with their medical bills had raised more than $48,000 as of Tuesday.
The pizzeria is closed while Suljovic and his father recover, the donations page says.
Whack was sued Monday in Queens Criminal Court, but did not post his $250,000 bail, records show. Gooding was due to be charged on Tuesday.