Two New York City men were indicted in the stabbing of father-and-son pizza shop owners who were attempting to stop an elderly woman from being robbed.
Stabbing suspects Supreme Gooding, 18, and Robert Whack, 30 both face charges of attempted murder, assault, and robbery in the attack on Louie’s Pizzeria’s owners, according to Fox News.
In March, the owner of Louie’s Pizza & Restaurant in Queens, New York, and his father were hailed as heroes after getting stabbed while attempting to halt a robbery outside their business.
A Queens County grand jury indicted and arraigned two men in connection with the stabbing on Tuesday, bringing owner Louie Suljovic, 38, and his 68-year-old father, Cazim Suljovic, one step closer to justice.
According to Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz, Supreme Gooding, 18, and Robert Whack, 30, now face charges of attempted murder, assault, and robbery, among other things.
“As alleged, the defendants targeted two women to steal their handbags and stabbed two good Samaritans who selflessly intervened during one of the incidents,” Katz said in a Tuesday statement.
“Thankfully, no lives were lost but we will not allow senseless violence to become the norm in our communities. Both defendants now face serious charges for their alleged actions.”
According to a police complaint, Louie and his father were inside the pizza on March 26 when they saw two guys assault a 61-year-old woman from behind and seize her purse.
Gooding and Whack allegedly produced knives and stabbed both father and son as the Suljovics went outside to interfere. The decision to rush to the woman’s help was “simply part of our nature,” Louie previously told Fox News host Ashley Strohmier.
“My father’s character – he taught us to do the best thing for everybody and always try to protect people,” he said. “We have to do something for other people who are weaker, who can’t do for themselves.”