Last week a knife-wielding thief got more than he bargained for when he tried to rob the New Star Tobacco store in Park Slope. The shop's owner, 46-year-old Mohammed Esa, wasn't about to let the perp make off with his day's earnings, so he fought back with the only weapon at his disposal: a plastic garbage can. Here's the video:

Last month a bodega employee tried to fend off a robber and ended up fatally shot. Esa, a father of eight, tells us he wasn't thinking when he fought back during the robbery. "To tell you the truth, I wasn't able to think," says Esa, who's owned the tobacco shop for over a decade. "I just reacted. All the thoughts came afterward. I was thinking about my kids. What would happen to them? I was thinking about everything."

Esa says he doesn't think the thief, who is still at large, got away with more than $20. "At first I thought he got a lot more, but then I looked down and saw he dropped a lot of bills on the ground," Esa tells us. With articles in the Daily News and the Post today, Esa's regular customers are stopping by to check in on him. "I've gotten a few congratulation cards," says Esa. "But I'm just thankful I'm okay. I only bruised by hand on the register."

Police say the suspect is a black man, about 40 years old, 6 feet tall and about 200 pounds. A witness says he made his getaway in a green 2009 Ford F-250 pick-up truck.