Gun-Toting Gas Station Clerk Wards Off Knife-Wielding Would-Be Robber

A gas station clerk with a gun warded off an attempted robber armed with a knife late Sunday night in Bolton, according to police, who are searching for a suspect.

State police responded to the Gulf station convenience store at 262 Boston Turnpike in Bolton around 9:55 p.m. Sunday to investigate a reported armed robbery attempt.

A woman wielding a switchblade entered the store and demanded money from the cash register, state police said.

But when she advanced toward the clerk and climbed on the sales counter, the clerk pulled out his gun, which was legally registered, according to state police. No shots were fired, but it was enough to scare her off.

The woman's image was captured on surveillance footage, which state police have released, hoping someone will recognize her.

No one was injured. The would-be robber wasn't able to take any merchandise or cash.

Police described the suspect as 5-foot-4 and thin. She was wearing a dark coat, camouflage-style pants, a blue scarf and green Boonie or fishing-type hat, according to state police.

The weapon she was carrying was described as a switchblade with a white handle, police said.

State police Eastern District Major Crime detectives responded and are investigating the incident.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Troop K at 860-465-5400 or text tip711 to 236748. Calls will remain confidential.

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