A clerk at a Colorado Springs gas station fights off an armed robber Monday. The crook is still on the loose. Now a day after the robbery customers are praising the clerk for his bravery.
The robbery attempt happened around noon Monday at the Phillips 66 gas station at 1233 N. Circle, at E. San Miguel.
The clerk, Abdul, says the man who tried to rob the store was a regular. In fact, he'd seen him in the store several times last week.
The customer-turned-thief coaxed the clerk out of the protective "cage," where the money is kept, by spilling a soda, and then cleaning it up. That helpful act quickly turned into a violent attack.
The crook pulled a knife out and demanded cash, and that's when Abdul decided to fight back.
"He tried to stab me in my chest, and I put up my hand, so he hit me in my hand. Then I tried to catch the knife so both of us, we fall down, and I hit my neck on the shelves, I think, so I've got a big bruise," said Abdul.
The crook is described as a short, skinny Hispanic man in his mid 40's. It's a vague description, but maybe you know who was behind the crime. Police say they think he had a car stashed nearby to use in the getaway.
Abdul tells us that customers have been congratulating his on his efforts.
Police say while they understand why Abdul did what he did it is not always a good idea to fight back against an armed robber. Their advice is to cooperate.
"Resistance is going to increase the likelihood that you are going to be injured. Most of the time these people just want the item that they want to steal, they don't want to have to hurt someone," said Sgt. Darrin Abbink with the Colorado Springs Police Department.
If you know anything about the robbery, call Crime Stoppers at 634-STOP.