August 31, 1996 in Nation/World

Jewelry Clerk Shot To Death In Robbery

Compiled From Wire Services
 

A 20-year-old jewelry store worker was shot to death Friday afternoon during an armed robbery at a midtown Manhattan store, police said. After the shooting, officials said two suspects fled with a bag of assorted jewelry.

The worker, Houman Paknoush, was shot in the chest and foot after he tried to stop the robbery at Sorino Jewelry Store said Officer Robert Samuel, a police spokesman.

The shooting came several hours after gunmen invaded another jewelry store, H&J; Blits, near 53rd Street.

In that incident, the robbers tied up six people and got away with jewels and cash, police said, adding that three people suffered minor injuries from being beaten by the robbers.

The police said they did not know if the two incidents were related.


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