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Military veteran pizzeria owner and father stabbed after heroically attempting to stop robbery of 61-year-old woman

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John Annese

New York Daily News

A Queens pizzeria owner and his dad are being hailed as heroes after they were stabbed trying to save a woman from being robbed outside their restaurant.

Louie’s Pizzeria owner Louie Suljovic, 38, and his 68-year-old father sprang into action at about 8:45 p.m. Saturday after they saw three men rob a 61-year-old woman outside their restaurant on Baxter Ave. at 82nd St. in Elmhurst, cops said.

One of the suspects pushed the woman and grabbed her purse from behind, cops said.

That’s when Suljovic’s father saw what was happening and rushed outside to help.

The attackers stabbed the woman once, and knifed Suljovic’s father repeatedly. The younger Suljovic was also knifed in the melee.

Responding officers arrested two of the alleged attackers.

In an interview with WABC/ Channel 7, Suljovic said he and his father both suffered a collapsed lung.

“Trying to take a breath, but it’s hard to take a real breath, and you feel like a bubbling inside,” he told the station. “My dad’s a bull, like old-school men. They don’t make them like they used to.”

The NYPD’s 110th Precinct hailed the father and son in a tweet that described Louie Suljovic as a military veteran.

“Without hesitation, they jumped into action to help and were stabbed in the process,” the precinct tweeted.

“During the pandemic, Louie remained open and donated meals to Elmhurst Hospital staff and first responders,” the tweet said. “He and his father are among the very best New York has to offer. We thank them for their bravery and wish them a speedy recovery.”

The two suspects, Robert Whack, 30, and Supreme Gooding, 19, face attempted murder, robbery, felony assault and other charges.

On Tuesday, Whack was held on $450,000 bail, and Gooding was awaiting arraignment in Queens Supreme Court.

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