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Armed robber flees Hempfield 7-Eleven after clerk reaches for gun

Brian C. Rittmeyer
| Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2017, 9:00 a.m.
Police are looking for this suspect in connection with a robbery at the 7-Eleven store on Fosterville Road in Hempfield.
Police are looking for this suspect in connection with a robbery at the 7-Eleven store on Fosterville Road in Hempfield.
Police are looking for this suspect in connection with a robbery at the 7-Eleven store on Fosterville Road in Hempfield.
Police are looking for this suspect in connection with a robbery at the 7-Eleven store on Fosterville Road in Hempfield.
Police are looking for this suspect in connection with a robbery at the 7-Eleven store on Fosterville Road in Hempfield.
Police are looking for this suspect in connection with a robbery at the 7-Eleven store on Fosterville Road in Hempfield.
The 7-Eleven at 1 Fosterville Road in Hempfield.
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The 7-Eleven at 1 Fosterville Road in Hempfield.

A man armed with a gun tried to rob a Hempfield convenience store Tuesday night but apparently changed his mind after the clerk reached for the weapon.

According to state police, a man tried to rob the 7-Eleven at 1 Fosterville Road shortly before 11 p.m. Tuesday.

He was described as about 5 feet 6 inches tall, with a small to medium build. He wore a black hooded sweatshirt, with the hood covering his head, and jeans. He had a black mask covering the bottom half of his face and was wearing white gloves.

Police said the man got out of the passenger side of a silver, four-door Hyundai and quickly entered the store with a black firearm in his hand. He racked the slide back on the weapon and told the 42-year-old clerk to give him money. The clerk reached for the gun “but was unsuccessful and fell to the floor,” police said in a news release.

The man quickly exited the store and got in the vehicle, which fled south on Fosterville Road.

Anyone with information is asked to contact state police in Greensburg at 724-832-3288.

Brian C. Rittmeyer is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 724-226-4701, brittmeyer@tribweb.com or on Twitter @BCRittmeyer.

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