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VIDEO: Cooks With Ladles Fend Off Knife-Wielding Robber, NYPD Says

By Aidan Gardiner | January 11, 2017 12:11pm
 He tried to hop the counter but they beat him away with cookware, video shows.
He tried to hop the counter but they beat him away with cookware, video shows.
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BROOKLYN — He ordered some cold hard cash, but they ladled out some pain instead.

Two Chinese food restaurant workers used kitchen utensils to fend off a knife-wielding robber who was trying to stick up their establishment, NYPD officials said.

In a video released by police Wednesday, the robber hops onto the counter with knife in hand, but then retreats when the cooks rush him about 9:30 p.m. on Jan. 4 inside Chen's Garden at 11046 Flatlands Ave., police said.

The robber left the restaurant empty-handed, but he's successfully stuck up three other eateries since Dec. 19, police said.

He first robbed a Dunkin' Donuts at 11010 Flatlands Ave. by handing a note to a 20-year-old clerk who forked over $320 in cash, police said.

Ten days later, he pulled a knife on a 26-year-old woman behind the counter of a combination KFC and Taco Bell who then gave him $876 from the register, police said.

Then, about 9 p.m. on Jan. 4, he demanded cash from a 24-year-old clerk in a Baskin-Robbins at 11112 Flatlands Ave. and got $533, police said.

Thirty minutes later, he bungled the robbery of Chen's Garden, police said.

He was last seen wearing a black mask, orange hoodie, light jeans and orange work boots, police said.

Anyone with information should contact Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS (8477).