HAVERHILL, Mass., Oct. 5 (UPI) -- Police in Massachusetts said a would-be robber abandoned his plans when a clerk demanded to see the gun he claimed to be concealing.
Investigators said Adam Alsarabi, 22, of Lawrence, Mass., allegedly approached a cashier at White Hen Pantry in Haverhill, Mass., at about 12:42 a.m. Friday and said he had a gun and wanted money from the register, The (North Andover, Mass.) Eagle Tribune reported Monday.
However, police said the suspect fled the store when the clerk insisted on seeing the gun and officers soon found him hiding in the woods. He was arrested without incident and police said they did not find a gun.
Detective Sgt. Robert Pistone cautioned citizens not to try to emulate the clerk's actions.
"We don't recommend this course of action," said. "Why take the chance with your life over the loss of money? There is no need to be a hero."