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Plaza jewelry store owner fights two hammer-wielding robbers

Updated: 2013-10-07T14:27:40Z

By MARÁ ROSE WILLIAMS

The Kansas City Star

Simon Zouein fought for his life Sunday afternoon when two masked men armed with steel hammers robbed his Country Club Plaza jewelry store.

Zouein was alone and behind the counter at Vinca Fine Jewelry, 4801 Jefferson St., when the men walked into the store about 3:30 p.m.

“I knew right away when they entered the store wearing black masks,” Zouein said. “I tried to go for the door, but I could not.”

Zouein said he fought with one of the men for several minutes while the other filled a bag with jewelry. “He tried to hit me in the head with the hammer, but I wasn’t going to let him. I fought him pretty good,” said Zouein, who said he’s owned the store for about 30 years.

Zouein said passersby noticed “something strange going on inside the store.” The robber stopped fighting long enough for Zouein to run out. “I had to get out. My life was more important than jewelry.”

One robber followed him. The other was locked inside until his partner forced Zouein to let him out.

Zouein couldn’t immediately tell how much the robbers took. “They only got one bag,” Zouein said. “I stopped them from getting two. I’m proud of myself for that.”

Police are searching for the two men, who escaped in a maroon Dodge Neon.

To reach Mará Rose Williams, call 816-234-4419 or send email to mdwilliams@kcstar.com.

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