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NYC Store Owner Dies After Violent Robbery

The case is being treated as a homicide.




A pawn shop owner in Queens, NY, has died after being beaten during a robbery.

NYC Store Owner Dies After Violent Robbery

The New York Police Department has released this surveillance photo of a suspect in the beating death.

Arasb Shoughi was attacked on the afternoon of March 28 while working at his business, Global Pawn Shop, the New York Post reports. He was struck with a metal rod and died April 17 of his injuries.

“The suspect first tried to sell watches to the owner, and then during the robbery miscellaneous jewelry was taken,” the Jewelers’ Security Alliance reported in an alert to members.

The death “has been deemed a homicide” by the New York Police Department, the Post reports.

Shoughi, 60, was beaten so severely that officers responding to the scene first believed he had been shot. The New York Daily News reports that he passed away at Jamaica Hospital, where he was taken after the attack.


The suspect, who was seen in surveillance images, remains at large. He was seen headed westbound on Jamaica Avenue.

JSA will pay a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest of the suspect. He is described as 5 feet 7 inches, 150 pounds and with a medium build.



Thinking of Liquidating? Wilkerson’s Got You Covered

Bil Holehan, the manager of Julianna’s Fine Jewelry in Corte Madera, Calif., decided to go on to the next chapter of his life when the store’s owner and namesake told him she was set to retire. Before they left, Holehan says they decided to liquidate some of the store’s aging inventory. They chose Wilkerson for the sale. Why? “Friends had done their sales with Wilkerson and they were very satisfied,” says Holehan. He’d enthusiastically recommend Wilkerson to anyone looking to stage a liquidation or going-out-of-business sale. “There were no surprises,” he says. “They were very professional in their assessment of our store, what we could expect from the sale and they were very detailed in their projections. They were pretty much on the money.”

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