Splash And Dash

Tuesday, September 13, 2011 - 9:10am

Would-be robber forced to run away when clerk douses him with gasoline.

An armed robber was chased off by a quick-thinking gas station clerk in Lowell, Massachusetts on Saturday.

The clerk was pumping gas when he felt a knife pressed against his back.

He quickly doused the suspect in gasoline, then the would-be crook took off running.

The suspect went to the BP in Lowell twice -- once to ask for chance and then five minutes later police said the suspect returned armed.

“He come behind and show him the knife and ask him about money,” said Rajendra Patel, the owner of the gas station.

The attendant then armed himself with the gas pump.

Surveillance video shows the nozzle of the gas pump jerking around and the suspect fleeing the scene.

Then, the attendant pulled the trigger, releasing the fuel.

“My gas attendant turned back and he tried to grab the nozzle and tried to spray him, so the guy’s scared and he just run away,” said Patel.

Regular customers said the gas attendant had the right to defend himself.

“That’s what I’m thinking -- to spray him with gas. I just hope, you know, the next time the guy has a match or a lighter,” said Andy Garabedian, a customer.

The attendant and another customer ran after the suspect, but police say he got away.

Patel said it was a scary scene that luckily ended well.

“I’m glad that nothing happened. Nobody got hurt,” said Patel.

At the time the suspect was wearing a black and red t-shirt, black shorts and a Pittsburgh Pirates cap.

Officials are still searching for the suspect.

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