Raider in Friday 13th mask targets shop

A SHOP owner has spoken of his terror after a masked raider stormed his shop brandishing an 18-inch machete.

Quan Duong, 29, said the robber wore a mask similar to that worn by the Jason Vorhees character in the Friday 13th films, when he robbed Craven Stores, on Woodside Place, Boothtown on Tuesday night.

Mr Duong feared for his life and that of his heavily-pregnant wife – who was upstairs at the time – when the raider waved the blade just inches from his face, demanding cash.

He said: “I was scared. It was the biggest knife I had ever seen and he was wearing a white skull mask, like from the Friday 13 films. He was shouting and swearing, asking for £20 notes.

“I tried to keep a distance between me and the knife. It was pointing at me all the time. Then I heard footsteps upstairs and at that point I was just thinking about my wife and my baby. I was worried she was coming downstairs.

“I really wanted to get him to leave. I said: ‘Don’t hurt me, don’t hurt me’. I tried to give up to him, just to get him out.”

The robber grabbed some cash from the till and stashed packs of cigarettes into a Puma sports bag before fleeing in the direction of Woodside Road.

Luckily no customers were in the shop at the time and Mr Duong was left unhurt but shaken. He is now contemplating whether to continue running the shop, which he has owned for the past year.

“I’m very confused. About 60 per cent of me wants to leave, but I’m still thinking about it,” he said.

His wife Tran Duong, 29, who is seven-and-a-half months pregnant with their first child, said: “It’s stressful. We’re having a family and when something like this happens, you just think that the baby might not have seen his father. You just think about everything – is it worth it? At the end of the day, we’re just trying to make a living.”

The robber is described as white, 6ft 2ins, slim to medium build, aged 23-24, wearing a skull face mask, black shiny jacket, a grey hooded top underneath, faded blue jeans, white belt, black gloves, with a local accent.

Anyone with information should contact DS Terry O’Keeffe, at Calderdale CID, via 0845 6060606 or Crimestoppers.