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Police: Robber in Darth Vader costume foiled by jar of salad dressing

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Ben Hooper
Police say Jacob Mercer, 32, dressed as Darth Vader and attempted to rob a convenience store in Jacksonville Beach, Fla. WPTV video screenshot
Police say Jacob Mercer, 32, dressed as Darth Vader and attempted to rob a convenience store in Jacksonville Beach, Fla. WPTV video screenshot

JACKSONVILLE BEACH, Fla., Nov. 24 (UPI) -- Move over Luke Skywalker, Darth Vader has a new nemesis -- salad dressing.

Police in Florida said the Force was not with a Darth Vader wannabe who was pelted with a jar of salad dressing during an alleged robbery attempt.

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Investigators said a man dressed as the Star Wars villain and armed with a silver handgun entered the 8 Til Late convenience store in Jacksonville Beach about 5:30 p.m. Sunday and demanded cash from the store clerk.

Police said the clerk answered the Sith Lord's request by struggling with him and throwing a jar of blue cheese salad dressing, which struck the alleged robber in the helmet.

The suspect fled, but witnesses outside the store got a quick glimpse of his face when he took off the helmet before driving away.

The vehicle was located after an investigation and its owner, Jacob Jeremy Mercer, 32, of Tonawanda, N.Y., was located at a residence and arrested. Mercer, who was bleeding from the bridge of his nose, was identified by a witness as the man in the Darth Vader costume.

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Police said Mercer had several handguns and ammunition in a backpack.

Mercer was charged with armed robbery and possession of a firearm by a felon.

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