Man Cut while Fighting off Gas Station Store Robber

By: KKTV Email
By: KKTV Email

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.

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  • by bs Location: cos on Sep 16, 2010 at 03:20 AM
    @ Kirk...I am a Colorado citizen and I don't mind the labeling. Don't tell us that you don't go throught the day labeling people that way. I'm sure you do. Everybody does!!! Well my label on you is that you are an IDIOT!!!!
  • by Unknown Location: Colorado Springs on Sep 14, 2010 at 10:45 PM
    I live a few blocks from this Phillips 66 and go there a lot, Abdul is a great guy I'm glad he didn't just sit back and give the robber the money. I can't wait to go back and congratulate him.
  • by hmm on Sep 14, 2010 at 09:09 AM
    good for Abdul people fighting back for their rights to be safe @ their work place
  • by Jennifer Location: CSC on Sep 14, 2010 at 09:04 AM
    Well Kirk, what would YOU call him? The 'Brown' man, 'the tan man'? I don't see how calling him Hispanic is mean and unacceptable! It's the proper way to label his race. Good job to the clerk for fighting this guy off. I applaud you.
  • by Kirk Location: Colorado Springs on Sep 14, 2010 at 06:59 AM
    I think the clerk will be trouble by the ACLU for profiling this gentleman as a "Hispanic." How much longer are we Colorado citizens going to accept this kind of labeling? I find it unacceptable and mean-spirited.
  • by Ryan on Sep 14, 2010 at 02:52 AM
  • by Karen Location: City on Sep 13, 2010 at 10:49 PM
    Too bad he didn't get the knife away from the scum ball and use it on him! If he's caught, somebody else for the taxpayers to take care of! The clerk should have a blue ribbon.
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