July 31, 2014 at 1:55 pm

Waterford gas station clerk thwarts fake pistol-wielding robber

Video of attempted robbery at Waterford Sunoco sta...
Video of attempted robbery at Waterford Sunoco sta...: Waterford Police Department have released a video a suspect in an attempted robbery at a Sunoco gas station on Williams Lake Rd.

Waterford Township— Call it a case of guts versus nuts.

Police are on the lookout for a robbery suspect who tried to hold up a Sunoco gas station Tuesday night using a fake handgun.

When the attentive attendant stated he wasn’t going to hand over any cash the bandana-wearing bandit attacked the clerk, trying to strangle him before fleeing.

According to police, the incident occurred at about 10 p.m. at the gas station at 5990 Williams Lake Road.

The 21-year-old attendant said he was cleaning up the store in preparation for closing when the suspect walked in wearing a blue Detroit Tigers hoodie, black running pants, white shoes and with a bandana partially covering his face.

He had on thick-framed, brown-colored glasses.

The suspect pointed what appeared to be a semi-automatic handgun and told the clerk to “give me the till.” As he came closer the attendant noticed the pistol was an air soft gun and not a real firearm.

He ordered the suspect to leave the store and said he wasn’t going to turn over any cash. The suspect refused and asked the clerk if he was “willing to die over the till.”

The clerk said he wasn’t going to die because he knew the handgun was fake. At that point the suspect attacked the clerk and tried to strangle him until the attendant smacked the suspect with a broom, causing the magazine from the air soft pistol to be ejected.

The suspect fled on foot. He did not get any money or property but was recorded by a security camera.

The suspect is described as a white male in his 50s, approximately 5 feet 6 inches to 5 feet 8 inches tall with a heavy build.

Anyone with information is asked to call Det. Larry Novak at (248) 618-7515.

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