CCTV footage shows estate agent Asif Ali landing a flurry of punches on the balaclava-clad gang before chasing them into the garden with a pair of kitchen knives
A businessman fought off four armed robbers with his bare hands during a terrifying raid on his home.
Asif Ali landed a flurry of punches on the balaclava-clad gang before chasing them into the garden with a pair of kitchen knives.
The estate agent has told how ‘instinct kicked in’ when he was confronted by a man dressed head-to-toe in black standing in the hallway of his Rochdale home last night.
CCTV footage shows Mr Ali, 35, landing several punches on the man, before also taking on his two accomplices who follow him into the house.
Chillingly, after being forced into the garden, one of the men threatened to kill Mr Ali before going back inside armed with what is thought to be a screwdriver.
But Mr Ali ran to the kitchen, grabbed two knives and chased them outside once more.
The attempted robbery took place at Mr Ali’s home in Bamford at about 9.15pm yesterday.
Today Mr Ali, who runs an estate agents and a clothes shop in Rochdale town centre, told how his first thought was to protect his wife Charlotte, 30, who was upstairs in bed when the raid took place.
He said: “I was on a business call when I heard the dogs barking really aggresively.
“I went to see what was going on and there was someone standing there dressed head-to-toe in black.
“He threw a punch at me and we started to fight.
“I didn’t know what I was doing. Instinct just kicked in – I just trying to get him out of the house.
“A second man came in and I thought he was trying to get upstairs where my wife was. I didn’t want them anywhere near my wife.
“I got them outside, but they were pulling at the door, then one of them pulled out what looked like a knife, but the police think it might have been a screwdriver.
“He said ‘I’m going to kill you’. He started to walk back towards me. I ran back inside and grabbed a couple of kitchen knives and chased them back out.”