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Victims fight back when robber threatens to set them on fire

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A would be robber doused a storeowner and his nephew with gasoline and threatened to set them and the store on fire if they didn’t give him the money in the register. They didn’t do what the robber ordered instead they wrestled him to the ground and held him until police arrived.

Thomas K. Hughes, 53, of 11311 S. May St., is charged with three counts of attempted aggravated arson and one count of attempted armed robbery, police said.

The store’s owner, 39-year-old Haytham Elzeibaq; his 21-year-old nephew Jay Elzeibaq, and a 46-year-old security man were working at the time.

“He just started throwing gas all over my nephew and I,’’ said Haytham Elzeibaq. “He said, ‘Give me the money, give me the cash’ and he took the register. He had a lighter and he was going to strike it.’’’

Hughes allegedly said: “Open the cash register or I’ll burn you and the store,’’ the police report said.

These guys didn’t use a gun or any sophisticated martial arts moves to take this guy down, just some old fashion wrestling and a few punches thrown in for good measure. It was very simple and extremely effective.

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Ed Kress
For over 35 years Ed Kress has been an instructor and student at the Degerberg Academy of Martial Arts, named "Best Overall Martial Arts School” worldwide by Black Belt Magazine. Master Fred Degerberg awarded Ed his 7th degree Black Belt in 2015. Growing up on Chicago’s Southside, Ed learned early in life to pay attention to his surroundings in order to avoid potentially dangerous people and situations. Along with local law enforcement officers and directors of campus security, Ed has developed a program which focuses on teaching personal safety on the streets, and as it relates to the high school and college experience. Ed has trained thousands of adult men and women as well as high school and college students to improve their personal and situational awareness and, when necessary, how to physically defend themselves using their brains as well as their bodies. Ed began his martial arts career when he started wrestling in 8th grade, taking 1st place in the Chicago Park District City Championships. He later wrestled varsity at Mendel Catholic High School where he was a Chicago Catholic League Conference Champion. During his college career at North Park University he was a Conference Champion and 2-time NCAA Div 3 national qualifier. He was on his way to qualifying for the 3rd time when a neck injury ended his college career. His record that year was 17 - 0. He continues to wrestle as Head Freshman Wrestling Coach at Loyola Academy. A position he has held since 2004.

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