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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Two business owners claiming to be the victims of a burglary decided to take matters into their own hands, according to police, and now they themselves are facing charges.
According to an arrest warrant, 26-year-old Ahmad Mohammed and 24-year-old Hamza Aburub are owners of Boost Mobile, a store located on W. Oak St., near Dixie Hwy. The store sells prepaid cellular phones, and was recently burglarized, according to court documents.
On Jan. 28, at 3 p.m., police say Mohammed and Aburub forced their way into a home and pointed a gun at the victims inside, who included an adult and three juveniles. The adult and a 16-year-old inside the home were both struck multiple times by Mohammed and Aburub, police say.
While inside, the two suspects "demanded the return of their property from the store," police say. They eventually left, taking an iPad and two iPhones, according to the arrest warrant.
But the two business owners weren't done pursuing the people they believed had wronged them. Later that same day, Mohammed and Aburub allegedly kidnapped a man, dragging him into their Boost Mobile store, and duct-taping him to a chair. The pair then began assaulting him, and threatening him with a gun, police say, demanding to know where their stolen property was.
"The suspects inflicted bodily injury and terrorized the victim," police say.
The victim was later able to identify the two suspects via a photo pack, according to police.
Both men were arrested on Monday afternoon and charged with kidnapping and burglary, according to arrest reports. They pled not guilty when they faced a judge Tuesday morning.
Mohammed rose to his own defense during his arraignment, despite the judge's protests.
"Can I tell you what happened?" he asked the judge.
"No sir," the judge replied. "This is not --"
"Somebody broke into my business, and that's why I'm here," Mohammed said. "It don't make sense to me, you know?"
"This is not your trial, sir..." the judge said. "You need to hire an attorney, and you can speak with your attorney about the facts of your case."
"Yeah, I will hire an attorney too," Mohammed said. "But my business closed because somebody broke in, and I'm here because of this reason, you know? It was in the news where somebody broke into my store and stole everything...it just don't make sense to me."
A few moments later, he was escorted out of the courtroom.