Convenience store clerk prayed aggressive robbers wouldn’t kill him


by Drew Karedes / KHOU 11 News

Posted on August 24, 2012 at 9:29 PM

Updated Saturday, Aug 25 at 12:28 AM

HOUSTON --  A clerk who was pistol whipped and stomped on repeatedly during a robbery in Pearland says he wants the criminals to pay for what they did.

The attack happened around 1:15 p.m. inside Raceway Convenience in the 1000 block of north Main.

Two criminals were caught on surveillance video walking into the store and posing as customers. They quickly made it clear, they weren’t there to buy anything. Both suspects were armed with what appeared to be semi-automatic pistols.

“Once he hit, all the blood popped out. It was all over the place,” recalled Anish Dhanani.

Dhanani returned to the scene of the attack after he was released from the hospital.

He remembers telling the suspects that they could have whatever they wanted. Even though he complied, the men chose to use force.

“Before I could say anything, he just knocked me down. He says shut up. If you open your mouth, I shoot you right now. I swear to God I’m going to shoot you,” Dhanani said.

Dhanani’s head was stitched up after the attack. He also had gashes on his back.

A second clerk made it through the deal unharmed. He can be seen in the surveillance footage assisting the suspects with the cash register.

The criminals bolted with an undisclosed amount of cash.

Customers who frequent the store were appalled.

“If it doesn’t disgust you, there’s something wrong with you,” said customer Anthony Woody. “I wish the clerk could’ve had a gun and shot the guy.”

Dhanani chose to fight back with faith.

“I was praying, I said, God help me out here,” Dhanani said.

Dhanani said he was robbed at the same store last December. During that crime, he said he was thrown to the ground after he returned from the bank.

The crooks in that case got away with his money and his van.

Pearland police are asking for the public’s help in tracking down the robbers in the latest crime. They fled in a dark colored mid-size SUV.

The first suspect was approximately 5-feet-9-nine inches tall and 170 pounds with short clean-cut hair and a skinny build. He wore an orange long-sleeve shirt, jeans, white high-top tennis shoes and gold and brown sunglasses.  

The second suspect was in his 30‘s and was approximately 220 pounds. He was last seen wearing a black long-sleeve shirt, blue jeans and a Philadelphia Phillies maroon cap and dark sunglasses.

Anyone with information can call 281-997-4100.