THIS is the terrifying moment a shopkeeper was pounced on from behind by four armed robbers as he mopped a shop floor.
Roshan Lokuumagiliyage (44) was tied up during the raid at Today’s Express in Upper Millgate, Rotherham, at 10.30pm on Friday.
CCTV shows the men, who approached the shop from the Bridgegate direction, lying in wait near the convenience store entrance until the victim had his back turned.
Mr Lokuumagiliyage was alone in the shop as the four masked men burst through the doors half an hour before closing time.
They pushed the victim to the ground and held a large “Rambo” knife to his throat.
“Then they grabbed me to the staircase and tied me up with plastic and put tape over my mouth,” he added.
Mr Lokuumagiliyage, who has only been working at the shop for six months, said the men threatened him with the knife after he tried to use his mobile to call police.
The robbers stole cash, cigarettes and personal belongings from an upstairs bedroom. They also caused thousands of pounds worth of damage to the shop’s CCTV system.
“I am living upstairs,” added Mr Lokuumagiliyage. “They went in my room and stole jewellery, money and some important documents. I was scared.”
The shop worker said he had considered giving up work due to the “difficult” night-time conditions.
“It’s the first time anything like this has happened,” added the Sri Lankan shop worker’s colleague.
“Normally they take a bit of alcohol, not a big deal.
“They were in here for about 30 minutes. They broke all the alarm system, broke all the computers, took the panic alarm.”
The robbers — described as white and aged 25 to 35 — fled on foot. The victim used scissors to cut himself free before calling the police.
The shop was closed the following morning while crime scene investigators attended.
Mr Lokuumagiliyage, who suffered head and back injuries, returned to work on Monday.
Det Insp Lee Wilson said: “This was a particularly nasty attack that has understandably left the victim shaken.
“I would urge anyone who was in the area at the time of the incident to contact police if they have any information that could assist our investigation.”
Contact police on 101 quoting incident 1127 of June 3.