A SHOP owner says he is lucky to be alive after a crazed attack at his store on Saturday morning.
Salinder Singh Khera was stunned when a knife-wielding man leapt over the counter, threatening to kill him.
Mr Khera was working at the Mace store in Penn Road, Southcourt when the attacker burst in.
He struggled with the man, and was saved when shop worker Sunil Kumar – who was injured in the brawl – leapt to his defence.
Mr Khera, 59, said: “It was horrifying, I was shocked.
“I’ve been doing this for 26 years, we’ve had incidents before but nothing like this.
“I didn’t think he was serious until he pulled the knife out.”
Describing the attack, which happened in broad daylight at around 11am, Mr Khera said: “A bloke walked in the door, he got his knife out and jumped over the counter.
“He said: ‘I’m going to stab you’.
“He didn’t ask for money, he didn’t try to steal anything, he just threatened to kill me.”
A 26-year-old man has been charged in connection with the incident.
And he added: “I was very close to death. If he could have got to the knife he would have used it.
“He needs a strong sentence. He dropped the knife on the floor while we were fighting.
“He was trying to grab the knife, if he had done I would have been in trouble.”
Mr Kumar suffered cuts to his hands from shattered bottles, which fell from the shelves behind the counter during the attack.
It is thought the attacker, who ran away from the scene, suffered wounds to his head.
Mr Khera, who has run the Penn Road store since July, said the shop did not reopen until Sunday, because staff were shaken by the incident.
But he said he had been overwhelmed by the support he had received from customers since the attack.
“Customers have been really supportive, they’ve all been shocked by what happened,” he said.
“We don’t hold grudges against anyone, so this was a big shock.”
Police were called to the scene at 11.04am. A 26 year old man has been charged with attempted wounding with intent, assault and possession of a knife in a public place.
Luke Atley, of Gatehouse Road, Aylesbury, has been remanded in custody to appear in court on December 12.