A SHOPKEEPER has spoken of his terror at being held up by a gunman.
The robbery took place at the Premier Stores in Victoria Road, Brynteg, at about 7.15pm on Sunday.
Kirubakaran Nathan, 31, said initially he thought the raid was some kind of Halloween prank.
But he quickly realised the robbery was real when a weapon, possibly an air rifle, was thrust in his face and a demand was made for money.
“I have been here at the business for about eight years and you don’t expect anything like this to happen in Brynteg,” said Mr Nathan.
“I first saw the man outside the shop, it turns out he was waiting for me to finish serving a customer. After that he came in and pointed the rifle at me, close to my face.
“He demanded money. I was very scared.”
Mr Nathan told the gunman he was unable to access cash in the till.
He was supported by another customer in the shop who stood up to the criminal by shouting at him to leave.
Mr Nathan was able to ring through for an assistant – Kanishka Davinda – who was in an office at the rear of the store. Mr Nathan was also quickly able to call for the police.
The gunman continued to make demands for cash, but eventually fled.
“Shortly after he left the man came back again and stole some vodka and beer before running off. The police arrived. There were armed officers and the force helicopter was overhead,” said Mr Nathan.
“This has been such a shock. Lots of people have been asking after us.
“We would like to thank them for their good wishes and also thank the customer who stood up to the gunman.”
A spokesman for North Wales Police said a 20-year-old local man had been arrested.
Yesterday he was awaiting questioning in custody. At that point no weapon had been recovered.