Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Florida: Tampa store clerk thwarts armed robbery

Tampa Bay, Florida

From Tampa Tribune of February 25, 2009
Armed Clerk Foils Robbery Attempt

Two men wearing ski masks and gloves walked into the Friendly Meat 'N Grocery store Monday evening planning to rob the business, according to Tampa police.

But when one of the men pointed a pistol at Mohammed Abu Sayed, the clerk grabbed a pistol of his own, police say.

The would-be robbers ran out but fired a shot back toward the store, shattering a window. The men drove from the scene in a dark-colored sport utility vehicle, police say.

Police did not have additional descriptions of the suspects.

Sayed, 49, was not hurt during the attempted robbery, which happened about 9 p.m. at 1910 N. 34th St.

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