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Posted at 8:12 AM ET, 12/30/2010

Stickup with a big stick

By Elizabeth Flock

As a Manassas store clerk opened his shop early Tuesday, he was greeted by a hooded man wielding an extremely large stick. How big? Watch the video below. Manassas City police are calling it an armed robbery.

The 58-year-old clerk, whom WRC-TV (Channel 4) identified as storeowner Jugal Uppal, grabbed a small ball peen hammer to defend himself, police said, resulting in a David-and-Goliath weapons standoff.

When the robber jumped the store counter, the clerk grabbed the stick. But he could not hang on for long. The robber leaped over the counter, grabbed the clerk and struck him in the face several times, police said. The robber made off with some cash from the store, taking his stick with him.

Police described the suspect as between five feet four inches and five feet, seven inches tall. He was wearing a blue hooded sweatshirt, jeans and white gloves. A white scarf or bandanna was covering his face.

Police are asking anyone with information on the robbery to call the confidential crime-solvers hotline at (703) 330-0330. Manassas City Crime Solvers will pay a cash reward up to $1000 for information that leads to an arrest in the case. 

By Elizabeth Flock  | December 30, 2010; 8:12 AM ET
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, Elizabeth Flock  
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Only in a dump like Manassas...

Posted by: thebossman | December 30, 2010 10:48 AM | Report abuse

Only in a dump like Manassas...

Posted by: thebossman | December 30, 2010 10:49 AM | Report abuse

Paul Bunyan does really exist and he robs small mom and pop stores too.

Posted by: PublicEnemy1 | December 30, 2010 11:57 AM | Report abuse

Dang. Just when people were telling us how heavily armed store owners are at the ready to shoot robbers..this happens.

Posted by: case50 | December 30, 2010 1:39 PM | Report abuse

The suspect should have contacted the NRA to put him in touch with a gun store willing to sell him a pistol or other robbery-ready firearm. No background check needed.

Posted by: clitteigh | December 31, 2010 3:47 PM | Report abuse

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