- A 34-year-old man began swinging a knife at shoppers in a London supermarket
- The shopkeeper’s son said he used Krav Maga skills to fight him off
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A teenager has revealed that he used Krav Maga skills to defeat a knife-wielding thug who threatened shoppers at a Jewish grocery store in Golders Green and shouted anti-Semitic slurs.
Officers were called to Kay’s Supermarket on Hamilton Road following reports that an alleged knifeman was making threats to customers and shop assistants and shouting anti-Jewish slurs.
Yosef Chaim Reitman, 18, the son of the shopkeeper whose store was targeted by the attacker, said that he was forced to intervene after the 34-year-old attacker demanded that staff answer his questions about events ‘in Palestine‘.
He told the Jewish Chronicle: ‘He told me I live here, let’s go around the corner and speak. I didn’t want to do that, I said let’s stay here.
‘That’s when he got very angry and he grabbed my neck. I learned Krav Maga at school and other martial arts, from years five to seven.
‘I tried to tackle him and restrain him. I wanted to stop him.
Police apprehended a knifeman outside a Jewish supermarket in Golders Green, Northwest London
The 34-year-old man allegedly shouted antisemitic slurs and threatened staff and shoppers with a large knife
‘That’s when people shouted ‘knife’ and I quickly let go, even before I tried to trip him over he had the knife out.
‘He went towards my father with the knife. Then he went towards me. Hashem gave me the idea to take out one of the trollies and then I pushed it against his stomach to try and repel him.
‘He kept coming at me. As he started coming towards me I quickly through the trolley towards him.’
The man is seen in one piece of footage wearing a grey hoodie and threatening members of the public an staff with the weapon, whilst they protect themselves using supermarket trolleys to ram into him.
The suspected knifeman crossed the road and entered a house where he changed clothes.
When he left the building he was tackled to the ground by members of Shomrim, a community patrol group, and arrested by police on suspicion of an offensive weapon, criminal damage and racially-aggravated affray. He has since been taken into custody.
In a video taken of the arrest, a man could be seen in a black hoodie lying face down on the floor while officers attempted to put handcuffs on him.
Police say a knife was recovered from the scene there were no reports of any injuries. The incident is not being treated as terror related.
A spokesperson for The Community Security Trust praised the ‘brave staff’ who kept the attacker at bay and called the police who arrived within ten minutes.
The man allegedly entered the kosher supermarket demanding to speak to staff about events ‘in Palestine ‘ and when staff refused to talk, he pulled out a knife
Police were called and arrested the man. No one was injured and the incident is not being treated as a terror related
They said: ‘We thank the Metropolitan Police Service and Shomrim NW London for their brave and urgent response to this alleged antisemitic attack. We are following the matter closely and will give further updates when we can.’
Inspector Scott Barden-Marshall, from the local policing team in north-west London, said: ‘I know this incident will cause concern in the community.
‘An investigation is now under way.’