A Father’s Day beating of a Bridgeport, Connecticut, shop owner who tried to stop two thieves was captured on a violent video recording.
The video, obtained by News 12 Connecticut, shows store owner Sha Didar attempt to prevent two men from leaving his store without paying for their items. One of the men punches Didar several times before knocking him into shelves and leaving him unconscious.
When Didar came to, he called 911 and was taken to a local hospital for treatment. According to a Facebook comment written by Didar’s daughter, her father received 10 stitches on his upper lip. News 12 Connecticut reports Didar arrived in the United States from Bangladesh in the early 1990s. He thought he had found a safe place to raise his family, however, that has not proved to be the case.
In 2012, a young graduate student Didar knew, Moin Hassan, was shot and killed in his convenience store during an attempted robbery. Hassan, a student at the University of Bridgeport, was reportedly friends with one of Didar’s employees and would often hang out at the store.
At the time, Didar said, “I don’t understand it, America is such a wonderful country, they give money all the time for people to have food and live,” reported the Connecticut Post in 2012.
Didar, a father of five, said that after the shooting of his friend, he often looks the other way when customers shoplift from his store.
“I can’t let them go all the time. It costs me money,” he told News 12 Connecticut.
Bridgeport police are asking the public to view the video and contact them with any leads.
Feature photo: News 12 screenshot