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Bloomfield Clerk Tries To Grab Gun From Robber

(Credit: Pittsburgh Bureau of Police)

(Credit: Pittsburgh Bureau of Police)

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PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Pittsburgh Crime Stoppers hopes you can help police identify a suspect who robbed a convenience store in Bloomfield.

The robbery took place at the K-2 Store in the 4900-block of Penn Avenue.

Pittsburgh Police Lt. Kevin Kraus said the armed robber entered the store with a semi-automatic handgun.

The clerk handed over the money from the cash register, but then the robber said he wanted a cell phone hanging on a rack near the register.

The clerk on duty the night of holdup, 21-year-old Abbas Khattak, briefly struggled with the suspect over his gun.

“I was trying to grab his gun, because I thought the gun was fake, but then somebody told me the weapon was not fake,” he said.

Khattak said when the gun was pointed away from him, he reached for it.

Lt. Kraus said no shots were fired during the incident.

The suspect is around about 5-feet 8-inches tall, and had a thin build.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 412-255-8477.

You can remain anonymous and information leading to an arrest and conviction could be worth up to $1,000.

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