Belt buckle saves man’s life

AN ICE cream vendor was nearly stabbed to death in his own shop in Malaga. The man was saved from a punctured abdomen by his belt buckle.

One assailant punched him in the face while the other one attacked him with a 20-centimetre screwdriver.

As soon as the two men came into the ice cream parlour the owner, Argentinian-born Ivan Marcelo Latino, 25, knew they were not customers. Without saying a word one of them punched him in the face, hitting his right eye, and when he defended himself and refused to open the cash register, the other attacker tried to stab him with a screwdriver which, fortunately, got caught on the victim’s belt buckle thus, possibly, saving his life.

“All I have is a black eye and a small scratch on my stomach,” commented Ivan.

The events took place on calle Jacob in the Campanillas area of Malaga at around three in the afternoon when Ivan was alone in the shop and there were very few people out on the street.

The two men came in from separate entrances and got violent immediately but had to run away as soon as they attracted the attention of the passers-by on the street who called the police.

The would-be robbers did not manage to steal anything.

The National Police are investigating the matter and when the culprits are caught at least one of them will be accused of attempted manslaughter.

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