Stickup with a big stick
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.
| December 30, 2010; 8:12 AM ET
Categories: Crime and Public Safety, Elizabeth Flock
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