PIERS MORGAN today hailed a “hero” homeowner who fought off four armed burglars with his bare fists to save his wife – and said he would have battled 100 intruders.
Asif Ali, 35, defended his home in Rochdale, Greater Manchester, by throwing punches while one of the masked men threatened to kill him.
The businessman fights the masked men while his wife Charlotte was upstairs[/caption]
Good Morning Britain host Morgan tweeted Asif was a “hero” after interviewing him on this morning’s show.
Astonishing footage showed him fighting off four armed robbers in bid to protect his wife, Charlotte, 30, during the terrifying raid.
Asif told GMB: “I knew Charlotte was upstairs so the instinct kicked in to protect my wife.
“I flew into the second person. I knew if they was going to get past me they was going to get to my wife.
‘NO-ONE WAS GETTING THROUGH ME’
“They were never going to get through me. At that point I didn’t know they were armed.
“It appeared to be a knife. You could see the glimmer of the metal.The police think it was a screwdriver.”
He added: “If there was 100, as long as my wife is upstairs, there was no-one going to get through me.”
CCTV footage shows estate agent Asif landing a flurry of punches on the men, who were all dressed in black, before one of the robbers comes back with a weapon believed to be a screwdriver.
Asif, who says “instinct just kicked in”, chased the men off with a pair of kitchen knives while terrified they would harm his wife Charlotte who was upstairs.
Asif battles the first intruder during the home invasion last night in Greater Manchester[/caption]
The 35-year-old said ‘instinct kicked in’ as he feared the men would harm his wife[/caption]
He believes the masked thugs knew they were at home, during the attempted raid at 9.15pm and were expecting a violent confrontation.
Businessman Asif, who runs an estate agents and a clothes shop, said he was alerted to the intruders by his dogs who were barking “aggressively”.
He told the Manchester Evening News: “I went to see what was going on and there was someone standing there dressed head-to-toe in black.
“He threw a punch at me and we started to fight.
“I didn’t know what I was doing. Instinct just kicked in – I just trying to get him out of the house.
“A second man came in and I thought he was trying to get upstairs where my wife was. I didn’t want them anywhere near my wife.
“I got them outside, but they were pulling at the door, then one of them pulled out what looked like a knife, but the police think it might have been a screwdriver.
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“He said ‘I’m going to kill you’. He started to walk back towards me. I ran back inside and grabbed a couple of kitchen knives and chased them back out.”
Asif released the footage in a bid to catch the cowardly robbers and is offering a £5,000 reward for information which will lead to their conviction.
He added: “They knew we were home. The lights were on, the cars were on the drive, the doors were open, and they’ve come into our home armed, knowing there were people inside, knowing there would likely be a confrontation and knowing they would cause some damage.
“Someone out there knows who these people are. They need to be caught before they do it again.”
One of the thugs charges into the house with a weapon – before Asif chases him away with kitchen knives[/caption]
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