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IDs Wanted for Two Armed Men Chased Off by Store Employees in Arlington

Video recorded inside an Arlington business shows the store's owner and his son fighting off a pair of armed robbers. They tried to wrestle one of the robbers while the other pointed a gun at them. The father and son managed to scare the men off, but the pair is still on the run.

Police do not encourage anyone to fight back against someone with a gun. But in this case, store owner Khurrum Monga has a lot to fight for.

Monga came to the United States from Pakistan 14 years ago and started a cell phone business, Z-Comm, on the 3400 block of South Cooper Street. It's the only way to support his family, including two sons with special needs. That all went through his head when the armed robbers came in and threatened to take it all away.

"That's a nice guy," said Z-Comm customer Richard Robinson. "I don't know of anybody that would want to try to rob him."

But someone did try.

Two armed men who pointed guns at Monga and his 23-year-old son and told them, "Give me everything, whatever you have!"

When one of the robbers jumped over the counter, Monga's son fought back.

"When my son jumped in, I just followed him," Monga said. "If something is going to happen, it's going to happen to both of us."

Monga says his family was in his mind the whole time. He has two younger sons with special needs, and the cell phone business is their only income.

"In the beginning, it was zero," Monga said. "It took me a long time to work hard to get the business established."

He moved the family here from Pakistan, looking for a safer life. Now, despite the risks, he says he'll fight for what's his.

"We don't want anybody to just easily take away from us," Monga said.

Monga hopes someone will recognize the men and catch them. But he has another hope, too, that this moment could shock them onto the right path.

"If I can help to make them a good person, I will be OK. I'm OK for that," Monga said.

Arlington police said the men in the video are both black and roughly the same size with a slender build and standing between 5 feet 10 inches and 6 feet tall. They weigh between 150 and 170 pounds.

It does not appear that any shots were fired during the altercation.

Police, who said they would never advise people to confront an armed person, said the men did not get away with anything from the store.

Anyone with information on the identities of the men is asked to call Detective Houchin with the Arlington Police Department at 817-459-5301.

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