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Knifeman threatens to stab teenage girl in Manzil's shop in Bevois Valley in Southampton
“I’M going to stab you.”
Those were the chilling words of a knifeman as he threatened a terrified teenager in her parents’ Southampton shop last night.
Alyssa Khan, 17, was getting a bottle of cola from the Manzils Food and Wine shop in Onslow Road, St Mary’s, when the man entered and pulled a kitchen knife out of his pocket shortly before 5pm.
The teenager said: “I got the Coke and I was about to leave and then he was right there next to me and got the knife out.”
“I said ‘I will get the police’ and he said ‘I’m going to stab you.’”
“I was crying and screaming.
“It was just so mad and I didn’t know what to do.”
Her screams alerted her mother who came face to face with the knifeman as he left the shop with five bottles of vodka in his arms.
Alyssa’s mother Salina, 36, said: “He told me to ‘go away before I hurt you’.”
“I thought he was going to attack me and my staff and I was on the phone calling the police as soon as he left.”
Riot police arrived at the scene and the man was arrested near the shop soon after.
It is the third time the shop has been targeted in four days.
In one incident a robber attacked a shop assistant before making off with bottles of vodka on Thursday and two days later two bottles were stolen when a man in a hoodie entered.
She said: “My staff are petrified.
“We’ve got CCTV but they are still really scared.
“We are trying to live our life and serve the public and the customers but you can’t when things like this happen.”
Husband Tariq, 42, who owns a restaurant in Bevois Valley, said: “It’s terrifying for my family who are so scared they don’t want to work there.
“We are supposed to be living in one of the top countries in the world and this happens. This shop is my heart and I love it. But how can I make a living when this happens?”
Police took statements at the scene and a knife dropped in the shop was collected. A second person was also arrested.
Neighbour Paul Crittell, 38, who heard the commotion from his home across the road, said: “There was all this shouting and screaming and I saw the girl and her mum on the other side of the road.
“I go to the shop every day and this bothers me, but it’s how it is in this area.”
Neighbour Jacqueline Smith, 40, from Onslow Road, said: “I feel very sorry for them.
“They are lovely in the shop and I don’t think the police give them enough protection.”
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