Neighbors Witness Bloody Scene, Side With Street Justice http://wcbstv.com/watercooler/machete.bodega.queens.2.552241.html Reporting Lou Young NEW YORK (CBS) ― On Wednesday night in the Woodside section of Queens, one fed up store owner simply had enough. He was being robbed at gunpoint when he decided to fight back. With a machete. Things did not turn out too well for the alleged thief. The would-be robber was carried dazed and bloodied from the bodega. The scene inside the store was such a mess detectives almost missed the man's severed digit lying on the linoleum. It was characterized as an act of resistance celebrated as street justice. "People think they soft, that's why they got cut," resident Edward Halguin said. Shamir Martinez heard the screaming from the bodega and rushed to his living room window to see two men struggling inside the store. "He was swinging … just swinging it, kept on swinging trying to catch him … and the guy's falling and falling and he's protecting himself," Martinez said. "That's about it and all you hear a lot of screaming." Johan Martes, 47, is the alleged machete man. Police tell CBS 2 HD the robber he hacked had a handgun that was knocked from his hand with the first blow of the big blade. The store has a history of being targeted by crooks. "The place was robbed twice last summer, somebody got shot. I think a bullet grazed his head," neighbor Peter Carbonera said. "Then this guy bought it. This guy's always getting held up and he's had enough and he was ready for it. I don't blame him." Added neighbor Ruth Sierra: "He's defending himself. Something coulda happened to him, and he's defending himself."