AMBRIDGE, Pa. (KDKA/AP) – Police say a western Pennsylvania store clerk with a real gun thwarted a robbery by a suspect armed only with a BB-pistol.

Online court records don’t list an attorney for 42-year-old James Hayes, of Ambridge, who remained jailed Monday on a charge that he tried to rob Moh’s Market in Ambridge.

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Police said surveillance video shows Hayes entered the store about 3:45 p.m. Saturday and pointed his gun at the clerk, who responded by pulling a real gun on Hayes.

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After the clerk pulled out the gun, the two got into a minor physical altercation, which resulted in the clerk shoving Hayes to the ground. Hayes was eventually able to get up and exited the store.

Hayes then ran away, but they caught him nearby a short time later when a woman yelled that a man with a gun had just run into her apartment.

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Interim Police Chief James Mann said Hayes “is one of the world’s dumbest, and luckiest to be alive, criminals.”


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