Pizza Man Thwarts Robbers

By Doug Greene
|  Friday, Mar 15, 2013  |  Updated 7:08 PM EDT
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Fatih Burhan describes his ordeal as two would-be robbers shot at him in West Haven.

Fatih Burhan describes his ordeal as two would-be robbers shot at him in West Haven.

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Fatih Burhan may have passed his last pizza to a delivery customer.  It was on his return to his car in West Haven just before 9:45 p.m. Thursday  that a man ran at him from across Elm Street.

"He came fast and he just said, Stop!  Just give me everything!'" said Burhan, a student from Turkey. "He showed a gun, he put the gun to my head."

Burhan heard a sound that made him think the gun was plastic, so he decided to give the robber nothing, figuring someone would drive by on busy Elm Street.

"He was saying, 'I'm not kidding, I'm gonna kill you if you don't give,'" said Burhan.

The only person to appear was a second robber, who punched Burhan in the head.  Burhan decided to run down Elm Street.

"I heard the gunshots five times," he said.  He's not still not sure the gun was real, though the sound was convincing enough for neighbors to come out of their homes.  The robbers took off running, and three West Haven police officers arrived.

Even though Burhan lost no money, his head ached the day after.  He's only been delivering pizzas for six weeks for USA Empire Pizza.  He said if he does decide to continue delivering pizzas, "I'll be careful".

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