An armed robber fled empty-handed after being chased off by an 11-year-old girl and her dad (scroll down for video).
Shortly before 10 pm on Monday (16 September) a man walked into the Express Supermarket in Newlands Road, Worthing, pulled out a large knife and demanded the member of staff empty the till of cash.
A man and his 11-year-old daughter who were in customers in the store at the time threw two bottles of squash and a loaf of bread at him and after one last unsuccessful attempt to grab money from the till he fled empty-handed out of the shop.
No one was injured during the incident.
The suspect is described as white, slim, about 5′ 8″, and was wearing a green Nike hooded jacket with the hood up, a black baseball cap, blue jeans and green Adidas POD trainers.
The suspect had a scarf covering his face and was also wearing gloves.
Detective Constable Noel Simmonds said:
“I cannot praise enough the bravery of the father and daughter who intervened in this knifepoint attempted robbery.
“There are considerable risks anytime a knife is used or brandished and while it is tempting to view the spectacle of an armed robber fleeing in panic from a young girl, if the suspect is not caught he may try again and next time someone could be seriously hurt.
“We need to identify the suspect as quickly as possible so we are asking people to view the CCTV footage and stills and to please get in touch with us if you know who this is or have any information about the incident.”
If you can help, report online or ring 101 quoting serial 1520 of 16/09.
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