Customer, 57, helps thwart Lake Station store robbery

2013-10-17T18:26:00Z 2013-10-17T20:11:14Z Customer, 57, helps thwart Lake Station store robberyDeborah Laverty deborah.laverty@nwi.com, (219) 762-1397, ext. 2223 nwitimes.com

LAKE STATION | A man armed with a small knife attempted to rob the Dollar General Store but fled after a customer threw an energy drink at him, police said.

The incident, in the 2800 block of Central Avenue, was reported to police at 8 p.m. Oct. 11.

Police are seeking residents' help in identifying the suspect, described as a black man in his late teens or early 20s, between 5 feet 8 inches and 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighing approximately 150 pounds.

The man was wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt and matching gray sweat pants and had covered his face with a gray bandanna.

Investigators believe the suspect fled the business on a moped.

Police said the suspect entered the business displaying a small knife.

He demanded money from a 57-year-old male customer who was standing near the store counter.

The customer backed away from the suspect at which time the suspect started demanding money from the cashier.

Witnesses reported the male customer grabbed an energy drink from a cooler and struck the armed man with the can.

The suspect backed up while picking up the can and then threw it back at the customer while yelling a profanity at him, police said.

The customer caught the can and again threw it at the suspect, striking him with the energy drink.

The suspect then fled without receiving any money.

Anyone with information about the suspect is asked to contact Detective Brian Williams at (219) 962-1186.

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