Two suspects sought in botched robbery

Cops look­ing for two rob­bers in Rhawn­hurst tob­baco store hold-up. 

Sur­veil­lance im­age of one of the sus­pects.

A Rhawn­hurst to­bacco store cash­ier sur­vived a fright­ful clash with a vi­ol­ent gun­man dur­ing a failed rob­bery at­tempt late last month.

Phil­adelphia po­lice on Monday re­leased sur­veil­lance video of the crime in hope of identi­fy­ing two rob­bers, one of whom pis­tol-whipped the fe­male cash­ier.

The two would-be rob­bers entered To­bacco Junc­tion, at 8259 Bustleton Ave., at about 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, May 23, and marched straight for the sales counter. Ac­cord­ing to po­lice, the lead rob­ber was armed with a pis­tol and told the cash­ier, “don’t push the but­ton.” Un­daun­ted, the em­ploy­ee quickly pushed a pan­ic but­ton she was wear­ing around her neck. See­ing this, the gun­man reached across the counter and bashed the clerk in the head with the weapon.

The gun­man and his ac­com­plice, who was pa­cing nearby, im­me­di­ately ran from the store south­bound on Bustleton Av­en­ue, po­lice said. The video shows both rob­bers al­most bump­ing in­to a store pat­ron as they entered and ex­ited the store. The shop­per, who ap­pears to be a middle-aged or seni­or wo­man, seemed un­aware of the emer­gency un­til the men were ex­it­ing the store.

Po­lice did not re­port any in­jur­ies re­lated to the in­cid­ent.

The gun­man was de­scribed as black, 30 years old, tall and with a heavy build. He wore a green cam­ou­flage jack­et with a hood, dark glasses, jeans and white sneak­ers. The ac­com­plice was de­scribed as black, 30 years old and thin, wear­ing black pants, a hooded black jack­et with a white drawstring and a dark ski cap.

Vis­it the Phil­adelphia Po­lice chan­nel on You­ to view the sur­veil­lance video. Call 215-686-TIPS or text to PPD TIP to re­port in­form­a­tion about the case. Call 911 in an emer­gency. •• 

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