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Fundraiser for Elmhurst Pizzeria Owners Who Were Stabbed While Stopping Robbery Raises More Than $140K

The owner of Louie’s Pizzeria and his father were stabbed outside their 81-34 Baxter Ave. storefront on Saturday night coming to the aid of an Asian woman who was being attacked (Photo: twitter)

March 30, 2022 By Christian Murray

Nearly $150,000 has been raised via a GoFundMe page for the owners of Louie’s Pizzeria in Elmhurst who were stabbed coming to the aid of an Asian woman outside their Baxter Avenue business Saturday night.

More than 2,900 people have donated funds that aim to help cover the medical expenses of Louie Suljovic, 37, and his 68-year-old father who were stabbed multiple times while trying to stop a group of men from robbing a woman outside their 81-34 Baxter Ave. pizzeria.

According to police, three men approached a 61-year-old Korean woman outside the pizzeria at around 9 p.m. The perpetrators then allegedly pushed her to the ground, took her bag and stabbed her.

Suljovic’s father saw what was going on and the father-and-son duo then ran out to help.

They were able to able to hold down two of the suspects who were later arrested. However, they both sustained stab wounds to the lungs.

The men were praised for their heroics by the Commanding Officer of the 110th NYPD Precinct in a tweet.

“Local Military veteran and pizzeria owner Louie was working behind the counter at Louie’s pizza when he and his father witnessed an elderly woman being robbed outside. Without hesitation, they jumped into action to help and were stabbed in the process,” the tweet read.

“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.”

Louie Suljovic, pictured, who came to the aid of a woman being robbed outside his pizzeria Saturday (Photo: instagram)

Security cameras caught footage of the three men who were following the victim that night.

The woman, who only speaks Korean, told ABC 7 that she remembers being pushed from behind and being stabbed while on the ground.

The organizers of the GoFundMe wrote on the fundraising page that the owners and staff of Louie’s were worthy of support.

“Louie’s stayed open throughout the pandemic, providing much-needed energy and sustenance to the heroic workers of nearby Elmhurst hospital, not to mention delivering countless meals to those of us sheltering at home. We knew the owners were heroes, but the bravery and heroism they showed last night was truly off the charts,”

They noted that Louie and his father are both recovering at Elmhurst hospital, the very place they helped support during the worst days of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The organizers of the GoFundMe page are also looking to track down the woman who was attacked in order to help her. “I haven’t been able to find out her name, or any details about her condition. If anyone knows her, could you please send me a message?” wrote Melanie Brussat who put the page together.

Police have arrested Robert Whack, 30, and Supreme Gooding, 18, on charges of robbery, assault, gang assault and criminal possession of a weapon.

A third man remains at large.

 

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Lucky number 7 train

Again, why such weak charges. They stabbed two people punctured their lungs. why are they not charged with attempted murder. The post reported that one of the thugs also had a large amount of heroin on him. The judicial system has a duty to keep the public safe from punks like these who try to rob old ladies and stab people and mess with smack. They are failing in their duties and must be replace. I pray for a speedy recover for the victims.

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Michelle

I hope 1/2 of the money goes to the Asian woman. And i pray that the suspects get the help that they are crying out for through their acts of desperation. City needs to do much more to help people in need.

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Gabby

She wasn’t harmed because of their actions. She wasn’t stabbed multiple times these guys were. They took the heat without hesitating.I notice it’s the white guys who will jump in to help people.
Why don’t you give the woman money before you demand others do?

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Republicans believe in myths fairytales and conspiracy theories

It says right in the article she was stabbed. Readings hard 😆

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Smh

Acts of desperation? I bet all the money in the world these thugs have designer clothes, shoes, gold chains etc. There only act of desperation they have was they needed more money to get more material goods. And no one else is to blame for their actions but themselves. Two grown men who made the decision to rob and stab people. Stop making excuses for the criminals in the city. Your thinking, along with Caban and Ramos is dangerous. Not all criminals have “mental health issues.” Some are just evil and need to be put in prison so they don’t endanger innocent people.

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Jess

No one is arguing about dangerous criminals being off the streets. Its about ending systematic racism that are in place and lack of opportunities and resources that lead some to commit these acts and turn into the oppressor after yrs of oppression by society. Fix the system. End police brutality. Begin Reparations. End mass incarceration for blk and brown people. The list goes on…

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Gullible Republicans believe in Myths Fairytales and Conspiracy Theories

What reparations are these criminals going to pay to their victims? Life long and altering injuries?

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Jim

Stop making excuses Jess. The Black community has to take responsibility for the crime and violence in their community. There is a culture of crime that is accepted. Stop blaming non existent racism or police violence. There are plenty of opportunities. There are other groups that are poor that have succeeded and they don’t make excuses. I am white and my family was poor but we were honest and succeeded. You are living in a fantasy land.

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JimmyBags

More people behaving like Louie and his Dad will put a nice dent in the lawlessness. It also has a preventative effect.

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Beth

Or more people will end up in the hospital. The suspects were not hurt in this case the victim and the two that tried to intervene were. People should let the police handle suspects. Many politicians will portray suspects as victims if police or by standers hurt them.

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SooHee

Hopefully people go to their pizzeria to support their business and support Asian restaurants also for the victim. Your picture will get many likes on the internet.

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Rebecca

This is just so horrible, tired of ppl blaming the pandemic for high crime rate. These criminals are stealing from ppl who are struggling, stealing the little that ppl have in their pockets even having a job we are all trying to survive because it’s not enough! THE LAW NEEDS TO COME DOWN HARD ON THESE CRIMINALS!!!!! We went from trying to survive a pandemic now trying to survive getting home this is not right we need cops on our streets!!!!

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Hakim

The third robber remains on the loose as police continue to investigate the incident.

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Kayla

Brave men. Sadly, crime in New York City gets worse by the day while the mayor Eric Adams parties with Cara Delevingne and A$AP Rocky at One Vanderbilt.

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Jess

Local Politicians owe him, his dad and his family an apology! So tired of listening to Caban on tv with scripted speeches and replies on live tv while being interviewed and questioned from her home. She should try memorizing her thoughts and responses instead of reading them off her laptop.

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Jing

We salute these men!!! Real life heroes risked their own lives to save a another!!! God Bless them!!! The young men around me just stood there and took pics when i was robbed.

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Rachel

The law doesn’t protect law-abiding citizens.
God bless this man, I wish speedy recovery!

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Ethan

How savage do you have to be to stab an elderly woman who you never met multiple times for literally no reason. The pizza guys are heroes and deserve the world. Glad to see the gofundme amount is steadily increasing.

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Boondy enough with the conceal and carry.

S: it solves nothing.

B: no one wants to share a cell with another thug.
C: no one wants to share a cell with YOU!!!

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New York State Rifle & Pistol Association Inc. v. Bruen

Issue: Whether the state of New York’s denial of petitioners’ applications for concealed-carry licenses for self-defense violated the Second Amendment…hopefully SCOTUS will rule in favor of the american people and the constitution…these lowlives are gonna see the business end of smith & wesson more often and will think twice….god bless america

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Weren't you afraid to watch a video of someone getting hit by a car?

Tough talk, but real NYers don’t need to act tough. You don’t live here, so I guess it’s different

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Gia

This heroism would of made national headlines if those who came to the rescue were POC. But instead we have to listen to Will Smiths feelings being hurt and how his actions were somewhat justified. Meanwhile people are being randomly attacked. Give this dad and son the keys to the city. If this son was a rapper maybe Adams would of showed up all teary eyed.

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Mac

God bless these good decent men!!! Thank you Louie Suljovic and Mr. Suljovic New York needs more men like you.

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