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Tacony store clerk repels robber

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When con­fron­ted by an armed rob­ber last Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon, a Ta­cony con­veni­ence store clerk did the one thing you’re not sup­posed to do.

He fought back.

The clerk was for­tu­nate to es­cape with his life, while the gun­man fled empty handed. Now po­lice are try­ing to identi­fy the rob­ber.

Phil­adelphia po­lice re­leased dra­mat­ic video of the hold-up on Monday. It happened just be­fore 3 p.m. at Ta­cony Food Mart, 6648 Tor­res­dale Ave., when the un­known rob­ber entered the busi­ness, poin­ted a gun at the clerk and de­man­ded cash. At first, the em­ploy­ee dropped to his knees as the rob­ber made his way be­hind the counter.

With the crook wav­ing a hand­gun at the clerk’s chest and head at point-blank range, the clerk rose to his feet and began to empty the cash re­gister. Mo­ments later, however, the gray-haired clerk lunged for the weapon and tried to wrestle it from the gun­man.

The rob­ber ap­par­ently got spooked and fled. He was last seen run­ning west on Un­ruh Av­en­ue to­ward Marsden Street.

He was de­scribed as His­pan­ic with a light com­plex­ion, 25 to 30 years old, 5 feet 6 inches tall and 130 pounds, with short hair, a mus­tache and a goat­ee beard. He wore blue jeans and a white hooded sweat­shirt with a blue hooded sweat­shirt un­der­neath.

To view the video, vis­it the Phil­adelphia Po­lice chan­nel on You­Tube.com. Call 215-686-TIPS or text to PP­DTIP to re­port in­form­a­tion. ••

You can reach at wkenny@bsmphilly.com.

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