You are reading

Fundraiser for Elmhurst Pizzeria Owners Who Were Stabbed While Stopping Robbery Raises More Than $140K

The owner of Louie’s Pizzeria and his father were stabbed outside their 81-34 Baxter Ave. storefront on Saturday night coming to the aid of an Asian woman who was being attacked (Photo: twitter)

March 30, 2022 By Christian Murray

Nearly $150,000 has been raised via a GoFundMe page for the owners of Louie’s Pizzeria in Elmhurst who were stabbed coming to the aid of an Asian woman outside their Baxter Avenue business Saturday night.

More than 2,900 people have donated funds that aim to help cover the medical expenses of Louie Suljovic, 37, and his 68-year-old father who were stabbed multiple times while trying to stop a group of men from robbing a woman outside their 81-34 Baxter Ave. pizzeria.

According to police, three men approached a 61-year-old Korean woman outside the pizzeria at around 9 p.m. The perpetrators then allegedly pushed her to the ground, took her bag and stabbed her.

Suljovic’s father saw what was going on and the father-and-son duo then ran out to help.

They were able to able to hold down two of the suspects who were later arrested. However, they both sustained stab wounds to the lungs.

The men were praised for their heroics by the Commanding Officer of the 110th NYPD Precinct in a tweet.

“Local Military veteran and pizzeria owner Louie was working behind the counter at Louie’s pizza when he and his father witnessed an elderly woman being robbed outside. Without hesitation, they jumped into action to help and were stabbed in the process,” the tweet read.

“He and his father are among the very best New York has to offer. We thank them for their bravery and wish them a speedy recovery.”

Louie Suljovic, pictured, who came to the aid of a woman being robbed outside his pizzeria Saturday (Photo: instagram)

Security cameras caught footage of the three men who were following the victim that night.

The woman, who only speaks Korean, told ABC 7 that she remembers being pushed from behind and being stabbed while on the ground.

The organizers of the GoFundMe wrote on the fundraising page that the owners and staff of Louie’s were worthy of support.

“Louie’s stayed open throughout the pandemic, providing much-needed energy and sustenance to the heroic workers of nearby Elmhurst hospital, not to mention delivering countless meals to those of us sheltering at home. We knew the owners were heroes, but the bravery and heroism they showed last night was truly off the charts,”

They noted that Louie and his father are both recovering at Elmhurst hospital, the very place they helped support during the worst days of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The organizers of the GoFundMe page are also looking to track down the woman who was attacked in order to help her. “I haven’t been able to find out her name, or any details about her condition. If anyone knows her, could you please send me a message?” wrote Melanie Brussat who put the page together.

Police have arrested Robert Whack, 30, and Supreme Gooding, 18, on charges of robbery, assault, gang assault and criminal possession of a weapon.

A third man remains at large.

 

email the author: [email protected]

One Comment

Click for Comments 
Carlos

Kudos to the Pizza Shop owners, they are true Hero’s ! I live in Las Vegas but born and raised in Elmhurst. All that crime on the rise needs to stop. The city needs to get tougher laws on the books and have more cops in the streets. I think the Mayor or Gov. should have special powers to enact stop and frisk ! You need it in a time like this. When crime goes down then deactive stop and frisk.

Reply

Leave a Comment
Reply to this Comment

All comments are subject to moderation before being posted.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

Recent News

Popular places where you can watch the Super Bowl in Queens

Feb. 2, 2023 By Tammy Scileppi

Hey, football fans! Game time is fast approaching, and across the city and here in Queens, you can feel the excitement brewing as the two teams prepare to take the field on Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 12. So, kick back and watch the big game, and don’t miss Rihanna’s exciting performance during halftime. 

NYPD’s Hate Crime Task Force investigating vandalism at Forest Hills church that has been targeted in the past

The NYPD’s Hate Crimes Task Force is investigating a case of criminal mischief at a Forest Hills house of worship in which a vandal threw a rock to intentionally damage its glass front door, according to authorities.

Police say that just before 4 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 29, police from the 112th Precinct were called to Grace Lutheran Church, located at 103-15 Union Tpke., after a man threw a rock and damaged the church’s front door.

Borough president hears from community members on budget needs throughout Queens

During a two-day public hearing on the mayor’s 2024 preliminary budget, Queens Borough President Donovan Richards Jr. listened to testimonies from 14 community board representatives, community stakeholders and members of the public on where the money should be spent in Queens. 

The public hearings were held both in-person and via Zoom on Monday, Jan. 30, and Tuesday, Jan. 31, at Queens Borough Hall. The testimonials will be used to develop the Queens Borough Board’s FY24 preliminary budget priorities in the coming weeks. 

‘He didn’t deserve to die’: Borough President Richards leads emotional candlelight vigil for Tyre Nichols

Queens Borough President Donovan Richards held a candlelight vigil for Tyre Nichols outside Queens Borough Hall Monday, Jan. 30 after Nichols’ death at the hands of police officers in Memphis, Tenn., made national headlines for the brutality in which the officers beat him.

Almost immediately after news broke about Nichols’ death, the Memphis police officers who beat him to death were fired and charged with murder. The police department released the body cam footage of the fatal beating on Jan. 27, but many people, including some at the vigil, have refused to watch it due to its extremely graphic nature.

BP launches new advisory panel for youth to become civically engaged in the future of Queens

In an effort to get more young people involved in civics, Queens Borough President Donovan Richards has created a new advisory panel known as the Youth and Young Adult Council to introduce the “youngest and fiercest” community advocates to both community service and organization.

Members of the advisory body will advocate concerns through means of community engagement by participating in one of two cohorts. The first will be made up of high school representatives between the ages of 13 and 17, while the second cohort will be comprised of young adults between the ages of 18 and 25.

These Queens eateries are participating in the upcoming NYC Restaurant Week

NYC Restaurant Week is underway, so nix that skillet and bring family and friends to your favorite neighborhood spot, or get inspired and break bread somewhere new and different. During this special citywide culinary event, food-lovers will enjoy curated menus and prix-fixe prices that are easy on the wallet.

Bookings began on Jan. 17 and are available until Feb. 12, and you can reserve a table at 30 participating Queens restaurants, along with hundreds more across the five boroughs.