Man wards off attempted robbery

Man wards off attempted robbery

CHAMPAIGN — Police are investigating an attempted armed robbery early Monday morning outside a Champaign convenience store.

According to a police report, a 74-year-old Bonfield, Ill., man pulled his semi-trailer into the Mobil Super Pantry, 1511 N. Prospect Ave., C, at 2:45 a.m. Sunday before driving to Kankakee to make a delivery.

The man said he went inside the store to make a purchase and had just left the store when another man jumped out from between the trailer and the cab of the truck while holding a gun.

When the truck driver grabbed the gun, the other man swung at him several times, failing to make contact.

The would-be robber then ran away from the convenience store and was last seen headed west.

Police described the would-be robber as a 20-year-old black man. He is 5 feet, 11 inches tall with a skinny build and was wearing a dark-colored hooded jacket with blue jeans.

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Sid Saltfork wrote on April 23, 2013 at 10:04 pm

A 74 year old man grabs a 20 year old thug's gun; and makes him run away.  Good for the senior.  Still driving truck also.  

mrseeu2 wrote on April 24, 2013 at 1:04 pm

Good for him.  Us old people are tired of being pushed around.  You want some money, go get a job.