Lynn clerk sends would-be robbers reel­ing

Boston Herald - - BIZSM@RT - By O’RYAN JOHN­SON

Two would-be robbers left a con­ve­nience store with less than they brought in, thanks to a plucky clerk in Lynn who fought off the pair, and snagged one of their masks dur­ing the melee, cops said.

The masked and armed duo stormed the D & M Mart store on Broad Street about 8:19 p.m. Fri­day, in an at­tack that was cap­tured on video and shared by Lynn po­lice on Face­book.

One sus­pect ran be­hind the counter, but the clerk was ready. Grasp­ing the thug’s hooded sweat­shirt like a hockey jer­sey, he held the man stiff-armed and suc­ceeded in fend­ing him off, un­til the crook’s ac­com­plice used the butt end of a gun and smashed it over the clerk’s head twice. In the tan­gle of fists and feet, the smaller clerk went down to the floor, but kept kick­ing and fight­ing.

While the man with the gun tried to hold him down, his part­ner in crime tried to un­sling and open a back­pack, but he took too long.

The clerk fought back to his feet, and charged the man with the back­pack.

That punk man­aged to get in one more punch on the clerk — then re­al­ized that two thugs with a gun were over­matched by one de­ter­mined shop­keeper. The man with the pis­tol tried to save his pride by get­ting in an over­handed strike as he left, but the clerk eas­ily blocked it and the cow­ardly pair fled into the night.

Any­one with any in­for­ma­tion they are en­cour­aged to con­tact the Lynn Po­lice Depart­ment at 781-595-2000 or send a tip to Lynn po­lice by tex­ting the word “tiplynn” and the in­for­ma­tion to TIP411 or 847411.

Anony­mous web tips can also be submitted to the po­lice depart­ment’s web­site at www.lyn­npo­lice.org by click­ing the “sub­mit tip” icon.

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