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.