Sameer Mehra, electronic data interchange analyst, was honored with a bravery award from the Queen’s Counsel when he defied an armed robbery in London, England on December 24, 2006.
As a student completing his master’s degree, Sameer was working part-time at a store when a convicted criminal carrying a gun attacked and pointed the gun at him. He overpowered the criminal, saved customers, and helped them safely exit the store. Sameer then contacted the police and assisted the store manager in holding the criminal face down on the shop floor as they waited for help to arrive.
This was the first time that an armed robbery was defied in the greater London area and Sameer was nominated for a High Sheriff’s award for bravery in the Crown Court of London in February 2008.