A gas station attendant fought off a would-be robber with gasoline in Lowell, Massachusetts on Saturday. The attendant was pumping gas for a customer when the robber, caught on surveillance cameras, came up from behind. The camera recorded the suspect a few moments later running from the scene.
“He came up behind and shows him the knife and asked him about money,” said Rajendra Patel, the owner of the gas station.
That is when the attendant took action against the unidentified robber. He grabbed the nozzle of the gas pump and tried to douse him with gasoline. The robber took off as another customer was chasing him.
“My gas attendant turned back, and he tried to grab the nozzle and tried to spray him, so the guys scared and he just run away,” said Patel.
Unfortunately, the robber ended up getting away.
According to the police report, the suspect is described as a light-skinned Hispanic man in his mid twenties, between 5’10” and 5’11” in height and was last seen wearing a black and white Pittsburgh Pirates ball cap, a black and red t-shirt and dark shorts.
It is believed he jumped into a burgundy minivan with yellow license plates.
One customer gave the attendant credit for defending himself. “That’s what I’m thinking — to spray him with gas. I just hope, you know, the next time the guy has a match or a lighter,” said Andy Garabedian, a customer.
Patel was just happy to see no one hurt. “I’m glad that nothing happened. Nobody got hurt,” said Patel.