East Liverpool Police looking for leads in attempted BP robberyBy MICHAEL D. McELWAIN / firstname.lastname@example.org
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EAST LIVERPOOL - The investigation into Friday night's attempted armed robbery at the Dresden Avenue Uni-Mart gas station is still underway.
East Liverpool Police Department Detective Don Fickes released two additional surveillance video images Wednesday showing more of the would-be robber's face.
Fickes said anyone with information should contact the police department.
"I'd say he's a local person," Fickes said. He based that assumption on the fact the suspect fled on foot through alleys and roadways and appeared familiar with the area.
The gas station surveillance tapes show a man entering the Uni-Mart store at approximately 11:07 p.m Friday. According to the police report, the attempted robbery began when the suspect placed a black, semi-automatic handgun on the counter.
The male clerk asked, "What can I get you?" and the suspect answered, "How about everything," before displaying his firearm on the countertop.
At that time, the clerk notified the masked gunman of a car that just pulled into the lot. The suspect pulled his gun back and looked away.
In the video footage, the clerk's hand can be seen reaching over the counter and grabbing the gunman's zippered hoodie and pulling the suspect forward. After the worker was able to get two hands on the gunman, the suspect backpedaled and dragged the clerk fully across the counter and onto the floor.
Both men returned to their feet and moments later, the clerk shoved the suspect out the door causing him to fall backwards onto the outside walkway.
According to the detective bureau, and information gathered from residents, the suspect fled east on Poplar Lane, north on Green Lane and then east across Clayburn Place. He was last seen on foot on Lincoln Avenue.
Fickes said the suspect is in his late-20s, about 6 foot tall and weighs between 165 and 185 pounds. He was wearing light colored jeans or gray pants with white shoes during the time of the attempted robbery. The white male was also wearing a black hoodie, winter hat and a scarf or mask.
Fickes said several people have been questioned about the attempted robbery. Anyone with additional information may contact the East Liverpool Police Department at 330-385-1234.